CDW 2017

It may only be January, but that still means it’s only 4 months until our favourite of all of the design shows- Clerkenwell Design Week. Taking place from 23-25 May the show takes over, as its own branding tells us: prisons, churches and nightclubs (amongst other spaces of course.) Here are some of the brands we are most excited about seeing in unusual settings.

Thonet

Thonet at Design Fields

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Masters of Invention

Masters of Invention, taking place from  24 March – 29 May at The Lettering Arts Centre, looks at cave painting to modern day street art and the evolution of graffiti, with new work from some of the most influential graffiti artists of the past 40 years, featuring Aroe, Delta, Bando, Mode2, Shok-1, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Part2ism, Zaki Dee.

Shok X-Fly

Shok-1 X-Fly

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All The Fruits

We like checking in with one of our favourite pattern, design and texture companies every so often. All The Fruits never disappoint.

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Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director of the V&A

The V&A Trustees have appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A.
Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously
the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.

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D&AD Next Awards

Get yourself entered for the D&AD Next Awards.  Entries are open until the 22 February 2017 and entry prices start from just £25. Submissions can be made directly on the D&AD website, there is no age limit for entrants and any genre of work can be submitted.

 

 

Tam Hoi Ying winner 2016

Tam Hoi Ying winner 2016

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Tom Dixon Washing!

We love replacing in our bathrooms and making sure every product has its place.  Leading UK based design brand, Tom Dixon have tapped into our bathroom obsession and are exploring the bathroom and the kitchen sink with a focus on functional storage, cleansing rituals, lotions and even waterproof lighting. And, as expected, it all looks blooming gorgeous. Hurrah!

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Bloomingville at Top Drawer

Top Drawer is one of our favourite design shows for inspiration for our homes as well as just generally brilliant things to look at. New Spring Summer collection from Danish brand Bloomingville will be at the show from 15th to 17th Jan at Olympia London and we are very excited.

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Steuart Padwick gets bright

Brighten your home this new year with bold bursts of colour by leading British designer and advocate of colour, Steuart Padwick. We’ve always loved Padwick’s ability to make fun and colourful pieces whilst allowing good quality design to shine through.

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Fonteyn Chest

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Design Museum record visitor numbers

Since opening to the public on the 24 November, the Design Museum in Kensington has welcomed over 100,000 visitors through its doors, having attracted between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors annually in its previous location in Shad Thames.

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Photo: Gareth Gardner

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Best New Years Sales

There are some great sales out there- beyond the obvious John Lewis and Laura Ashley. Places where you can steal some great design deals and sometimes get a classic at a bargain price. Here are some of our top sales to fill your basket with.

The New English

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Collect at the Saatchi

Collect is back for the 13th year in the Saatchi gallery from the 2-6th February.

Yutu Segawa

Yutu Segawa

During a run of five days, the Crafts Council presents a fantastic opportunity to see and buy contemporary museum-quality ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles from established and emerging artists and makers represented by over 30 of the world’s finest galleries. We are big fans of Yutu Segawawho we first saw at Design Junction and whose miniature ceramics are the most memorable and perfect pieces. We hope he will make an appearance with FLOW gallery.  Continue Reading…

Vistosi and Hangar group

The collaboration between international design agency Hangar Design Group and Italian lighting producer Vistosi – which started in 2014 with Peggy, a special lighting project for the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Cafè in Venice – goes on.

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Top Drawer returns

Top Drawer is back this January with more more exclusive brands than ever at its Spring/Summer 17 (S/S17) edition. make sure to head down and see where the leading stylists get their inspiration.

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50 x 50 II at the Saatchi

From the 5th January to the 9th February, the Saatchi Gallery will host 50 x 50 II; an exhibition presenting 50 new works of art by 50 emerging artists. All the works are prints measuring 50 x 70cm and each print is priced at only £95 to maximise the opportunity for people to buy exciting new contemporary art. We. Want. In.

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Pantone colour for 2017 is Greenery

Finally- a colour that’s not a variant on grey. Whether it’s Rose Quartz or Marsala, let’s be honest there were some pretty tame, hygge-inducing (or sleep-inducing) colours on trend the last few years. 2016 as years go, was a little bit of a mess, so it’s good to see Greenery, sweeping in and encouraging a fresh start. We need it.

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