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Canova Hall Opens

We love it when beautiful old buildings are looked after and brought back to life. Launched this August, Canova Hall breathes new air into one of Brixton’s most commemorated buildings; what used to be the beloved worker’s hall of Britain’s first department store Le Bon Marché across the road.

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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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Northern Design Festival

The 2017 Northern Design Festival is back, with a theme of Material Matters.  Opening on 3 November, the Design NOW symposium features a stellar line-up of speakers including Anthony Burrill and Sarah Hyndman.

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Abigail Ahern x Wayfair

Designer Abigail Ahern has been hailed as one of the most trend-setting names in interiors – a style disruptor with a fearless approach to home design. In her collaboration with Wayfair, Abigail’s signature moody palette is given an earthy twist, with urban furniture meeting raw and rustic elements- and the best thing about the range? It’s blooming affordable.

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Jason Bruges in Hull

Hull really are getting the best of the best at the moment and now award-winning art collective Jason Bruges Studio is creating a major new art installation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Where Do We Go from Here? will use a specially choreographed interplay of light, shadow and sound to guide people through Hull’s Old Town.

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Bethan Laura Wood Makers Mini Market

From Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th October, Finsbury Avenue Square at Broadgate became home to a pop-up mini market, hosting stalls from East London’s up-and-coming designers and artists.
Bethan Laura Wood

Bethan Laura Wood

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Nature Morte at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Nature Morte, a new exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery, seeks to illustrate how leading artists of the 21st century have reinvigorated still life, a genre previously synonymous with the 16th and 17th centuries. Each artist reflects on what still life means to them.

Alexander James

Alexander James

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100% Design announces theme of Elements

100% Design, the largest design trade show in the UK and the commercial cornerstone of London Design Festival, has announced a programme of specially commissioned installations at Olympia London all falling under the theme of ‘Elements’. Designs across the show  include an immersive entrance feature curated by design writer Max Fraser to a pivotal central bar designed by Sally Hogarth and additional  surprising features across the five distinct show sections.

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

Elements entrance- Max Fraser

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Graham and Brown- House of Wallpaper

We love wallpaper. We love houses. So….a house of wallpaper?! Obviously THRILLED. The House of Wallpaper is brand Graham and Brown’s offering as part of London Design Festival 2017. Visitors will be taken on an immersive journey to look at the history of wallpaper and discover what the future holds for the walls that surround us.

House of Wallpaper

House of Wallpaper

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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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Welcome to The Bird Street Oasis

As pop ups become more and more popular and people expect so much more from their shopping experiences, even international shopping destination Oxford Street faces challenges. In response, New West End Company (NWEC) with Harry Dobbs Design (HDD) have launched The Bird Street Smart Oasis, transforming a down-at-heal cul-de-sac off Oxford Street into a unique new public space that pilots innovative design ideas for the West End.

Photo by Mark Cocksedge

Photo by Mark Cocksedge

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Cakes meet Architecture

For the past two years some of the world’s most iconic buildings have risen out of butter and flour at the hands of some of the biggest design firms and this weekend just gone was no different, as th WATG’s celebrated Great Architectural Bake-Off made an exciting return during the London
Festival of Architecture. Renowned names in architecture were once again be invited to recreate the world’s most iconic buildings out of cake.

Bake off 2016

Bake off 2016

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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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