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Dubai Design Week

It may be a 7 hour flight away, but Dubai is fast becoming a key stop off on the design calendar. Pitching itself as the point where East meets West and where design lovers the world over can meet and celebrate and now with the respected Will Knight at the helm, Dubai Design Week, the leading festival in the region, starts tomorrow. Here are some key features and installations as well as brands and talks to make sure you visit.

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London Illustration Fair 2017

Fancy finding some of the best in up and coming print artwork? Then head down to London’s contemporary illustration event. Back in residence on London’s Southbank at the raw industrial space of the Bargehouse, this year The London Illustration Fair puts the emphasis on play with interactive artworks and hands on workshops.

Hattie Stewart

Hattie Stewart

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Hacienda | Andrew Martin

Introducing Hacienda, the latest collection of fabrics and wallpapers from global design brand, Andrew Martin. Bright fuchsias, oranges, blues and sandy, muted tones bounce off each other bringing vibrant, Mexican art and culture straight into the home. This will brighten up your winter months.

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Brompton chair

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London Design Medal Winners Announced for #LDF17

Every year, London Design Festival presents the London Design Medals; paying special tribute to designers who are making, or have made, a significant difference to our lives through their innovation, originality and imagination. We are very pleased to see women at the top of their fields being recognised.

Es Devlin

Es Devlin

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News from 100% Design Emerging Brands

Not long now people. Get registered for 100% Design, the key show to be seen at during LDF and also a great place to spot some emerging talent. We outline some of our top picks and best bits in their Emerging Brands section.

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena

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LDF at the V&A

Not long now kids. Next month in fact.  When the streets of London get taken over with all sorts of design and art, everyone gets blisters from trying vainly to see everything in the guide and we all suffer from vile hangovers. It sounds horrible? What is it? London Design festival of course! The V&A is still the official hub and here we outline just a few things going on in the museum.

Flynn Talbot Reflection Room

Flynn Talbot Reflection Room

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Get ready for Mail Rail!

London’s most anticipated new heritage attraction, The Postal Museum, has confirmed it will officially open to the public on Friday 28 July 2017. This means so much more than post. It means a ride on the best and tiniest underground railway ever.

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Here After

We have written about the massive changes to the White City area a few times. It’s always interesting to see how areas that have been somewhat grimy and a little unloved get an update. This time designers Craig & Karl have playfully revived a derelict petrol station on Wood Lane in London’s White City to create HERE AFTER, a public and visually arresting art installation that riffs on the area’s importance to British broadcasting history.

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New Designers- One Year On

Now Clerkenwell Design Week is over, we can start thinking about all the other great shows coming up and one of our favourites has to be New Designers. Taking place once more in Islington’s Business Design Centre from 28 June – 1 July and 5–8 July., one of the best parts of the shows is One year On, the feature area that looks back on those whose businesses are less than one year old.  Here, we highlight just a few of the 80 exhibiting.

Lauren Nauman

Lauren Nauman

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Doppia Firma for London Craft Week

Taking place last week across London, London Craft Week was a great excuse for The Michelangelo Foundation to presents Doppia Firma at The Hospital Club. The showcase brought together 15 artworks that were created by a collaboration of renowned European designers with some of Italy’s best craftspeople and artisans.

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Own Art Plus….get collecting!

Fancy yourself an art collector but don’t have quite the capital yet to buy the pieces you want? Worry not for‘Own Art Plus’ has arrived. Get ready to become the collector that everyone talks about in hushed and excited whispers.

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Kill It, Eat It with Bompas and Parr

A now typically sold out event by the food magicians Bompas and Parr takes place across the next two Sundays at Mondrian London. The event called Kill It, Eat It will do exactly what it says in the title, requiring participants to directly kill their dinner before they tuck into it.

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Double Vision at CDW

Just over a month to go people and the CDW Presents are getting announced. Always fun and usually educational in some way, the Presents part of the show always brings to life the EC1 streets.  For the second year in a row, Hakwood is participating in Clerkenwell Design Week, this time, sponsoring  Double Vision, a 4m high structural installation of recursive patterns, nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close.

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London Architecture Festival announces Memory

London Festival of Architecture has announced that the theme of the 2017 festival will be ‘memory’. The theme of will be explored through a wide range of events and activities when the London Festival of Architecture – Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival – returns on 1-30 June 2017.

St John’s arch Clerkenwell

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ByALEX loves you

Telling someone you appreciate them shouldn’t be left down to national holidays, birthdays and Christmas.  When the world is slowly becoming a darker place it’s the little things that matter and small surprises are what continues to drive kindness, joy and that little thing we like to call ‘the butterfly effect’. But maybe you think about it before you tell someone on the bus you love them. Just saying.

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