The Paper Aviary lands in St James's Market

In partnership with Oxford Properties, we are pleased to unveil the latest exhibition to arrive in the St James’s Market Pavilion.  


17 February 2017

The Paper Aviary takes inspiration from Charles II's exotic birdcage, which housed his collection of tropical birds during the 1600's in the heart of St James's Park. It was this aviary that lent its name to London's famous Birdcage Walk. 

This new installation in the St James’s Market Pavilion – designed in 2016 by Studio Weave as a permanent art space in St James’s Market - aims to capture the wonder evoked in 17th century London at the sight of  bright green Sulawesi hanging parrots, red and yellow lories and lorikeets and huge marauding cassowaries in the heart of the city. 

Bringing the story of the aviary to life today the exhibition is a display of exotic paper birds created by Argentine design and illustration studio Guardabosques known for mixing extraordinary craftsmanship with wit and humour. 

Conceived by design specialists dn&co, the exhibition nods to the style and craft heritage of St James's. Each handcrafted bird displays plumage and patterns inspired by the fashion houses and craftsmen of the area. Houndstooth, checks and polka dots are taken from the fabric patterns of brands such as John Smedley, Turnbull & Asser and Aquascutum animating each paper bird. Enriching the experience further the exhibition features a curated soundtrack of birdsong. 

St James's Market is the latest redevelopment to be delivered as part of The Crown Estate's wider strategic vision for the St James's portfolio. The landmark development occupies the area between Regent Street St James's and Haymarket, boasting luxury office space alongside lifestyle retail and seven new restaurants centred on a reinvigorated public square. Flagship shopping included ASSOS, Paul & Shark and SMEG and bespoke restaurant concepts are seen from Anzu, Aquavit, Veneta and Ole & Steen. 

The exhibition will be open to the public free of charge from Feb 15th - May 2017. More on the exhibition can be found on the St James's London website.