'Pop-ups' - temporary bars restaurants and retail outlets - have been popping up all over the place for the last two years, and the trend seems to be going from strength to strength in 2012.

As 2011 drew to a close, the residents of London's trendy Shoreditch were able to do their Christmas shopping at Boxpark London, a pop-up mall made of reclaimed shipping containers.

And as the year gets off to a depressingly wet and windy start (in the UK at least), those for whom money is no object could do worse than to jet off to the latest pop-up hotel resort, the Papaya Playa in Tulum, Mexico.

Closer to home, B3 Designers has designed a temporary restaurant at the Manchester branch of Selfridges for French restaurant group Aubaine.

Echoing the classic French styling of Aubaine's London restaurant, the new branch on the second floor of Selfridges is decorated in palette of grey and warm, light neutral tones, which complement natural linen seat upholstery and wooden furniture.

Lighting also played a huge role in the scheme, say the designers, who chose pendant lights to give this 'pop-up' and air of permanence.

'We've also used lights hidden in wall units to illuminate and highlight the products on the shelves behind the bar area,' say the designers. 'Meanwhile recessed lights high above the tables ensure a warm 'sunny' atmosphere, whatever the British weather!'

Mexico, it isn't, but it may just be the next best thing.