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Chinese New Year: The Year of The Dog

2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog, which falls every twelve years. The traditional belief is that the animal you’re represented by can tell you a lot about your personality. Usually the celebrations are an explosion of light and sound – involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances.

So, as the four legged trend starts to soar, there isn’t a better time to get your paws on the best home accessories and gifts inspired by our favourite canine companions.

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Mini Moderns: Bringing Distinctive Patterns to the Home Office

January 2018 sees British interiors brand Mini Moderns enter a new product category with the launch of stationery and desk accessories. Working with stationery experts, Portico Designs, Mini Moderns have revisited some favourite patterns that have only previously been available as wallpaper.

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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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D&AD New Blood winners

Last night in London, D&AD revealed the winners of the 2017 New Blood Awards. The winners wowed the judges with their creative talents and received an esteemed accolade: a New Blood Pencil. Whittled down from thousands of entries with entrants from over 40 countries, this year’s awards once again reflect the best in young global creative talent.

Black Pencil Winner Mmmhmmmm

Black Pencil Winner Mm-hmm

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CDW top picks

As if you didn’t know (we bang on about it enough after all), Clerkenwell Design Week takes place this month from the 23-25 May. Register here, it’s free and makes everything a lot easier. Because it’s now so blooming huge, we thought we would choose our top pick from each exhibition, showroom, talk and pop up over the next few days/weeks, to give you some sort of chance of getting round it without having a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths. Let’s begin the exhibitions.


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Sarah Campbell designs

Internationally acclaimed textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who co-founded the renowned design partnership Collier Campbell with her sister Susan Collier, has now opened her workshop for bespoke commission work.

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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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Trading Words

A major public art installation Trading Words and pop-up exhibition is set to be officially unveiled on 22 February at London Dock.

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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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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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The London Illustration Fair returns to Southbank

Having scaled both the UK and the globe to uncover the freshest creative talents, London’s contemporary illustration event is back with an international line-up like never before and we can’t wait to go- it’s a brilliant place for Christmas presents and treats for yourself.

Kristjana S Williams

Kristjana S Williams

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Flock goes the Furniture

We have been mad fans of Flock for a good few years now after we first spotted them in Walthamstow in a local market.

Northmore Major Pattern

Northmore Major Pattern

The brand was established in 2013, driven by the desire to discover and nurture the best of new British design. Lead by creative director Jenny Wingfield, Flock works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles for interiors.



They have also gone into furniture with a beautiful range of chairs, stools and now tables with Metier for Flock.


They swapped textiles for timber to see how the Flock patterns could transform a table and the results are brilliant.  Each table is unique and is digitally printed using advance UV ink technology onto renewably sourced birch ply- through the print the intricacies and texture of the wood grain is captured. Beautifully powder coated steel hairpin legs give a dense and highly polished finish. Now over to you to get adventurous and create your bespoke piece…….

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Summer Screen Prints

Each year, Print Club London invites talented artists and illustrators to create alternative, screen-printed posters for the films shown at Film4 Summer Screen. The film showings take place at the stunning Somerset House under a hopefully summer-star-filled sky (probably a bit of rain let’s be honest.)

Bram Stoker's Dracula Cassandra Yap

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Cassandra Yap

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Alan Kitching at Lettering Arts Centre

We’ve featured this exhibition before, but are big fans of Alan Kitching, so don’t mind showing some more images and bigging him up again!

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Alan Kitching A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, includes over 400 prints, a photo essay by Philip Sayer and a biographical monograph and will be published by Laurence King Publishers on 7th April, with an exhibition of Alan’s prints on show at Somerset House opening on April 21st as part of the Pick Me Up Graphic Design Festival.

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Kitching’s distinctive prints and powerful artwork are instantly recognisable and have been commissioned by The Guardian, Tate Modern, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The National Theatre, British Library, Penguin Books and Royal Mail amongst many others. When design turned digital in the 1980s, Kitching changed direction. He bought a printing press, printed by hand and breathed life into the arcane world of letterpress, and became an inspirational teacher for a new generation. In a digital world, his artwork and design is more relevant and recognisable than ever.

alan kitchingThe first edition of the book will be a collector’s edition, featuring a book jacket that has been hand printed by Alan himself and wrapped around the book as a removable dust jacket/print. Only 200 copies of the Collector’s edition have been made and will only be available from Laurence King’s online shop priced £200. A separate special edition will also be available priced £75.

alan kitchingAlan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

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