Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Tasty Typography

The typography trend often makes its way into great designs for children's clothing, gifts and interiors.

Aranxa Esteve and Lucía Rallo from Spanish studio 'm-inspira' have created their Sweet Letters. Made from sugar and gelatin, they're both educational and edible!

Forget fridge magnets when you're thinking of cool and colourful ways to encourage your kids to spell! These jelly treats provide the perfect bargaining tool to practice formulating new words and sentences, and more importantly reaping the rewards!

Monday, 27 February 2012

Perfect Patch!

All visitors to Bubble London, June 2011 will remember our wonderful furniture collaboration with Kelly Swallow in creating our 'Patchwork Plaza', the perfect place for people to chill out during the show.

Kelly’s chairs are uniquely created from individually sourced vintage pieces of fabrics, meaning that each chair has it's own unique charm.

We love to keep an eye on what Kelly's been up to and are excited to share some of her new designs with you.

Provence Button Armchair

Stripey Eddie Armchair

West Wing Armchair

Swallow Wing Sofa

Interested in collaborating with Bubble London? We are looking for a furniture partner for our June 2012 show. Please email tabara@bubblelondon.com for more details of how to work with us, or with any recommendations.

Little Liberty

Liberty's hotly-anticipated childrenswear department is now open, spanning over 2,000 square feet.

Located on the third floor of the iconic store, Little Liberty has a very crafty, organic and quirky feel.

We were delighted to spot ilovegorgeous, Tip Toey Joey, Bonnie Baby, Petit Bateau and Sun-San Sandals all waving the "Bubble flag" plus new collections from Caramel Baby & Child, Simple Kids, Maan and Rita co Rita.

As well as some of the finest collections around, Little Liberty offers a great range of books, height charts,  wall stickers, vanity cases, stationery, ceramic lamps and Claire Petit crocheted homewares.

Third Floor, Liberty
Regent Street
Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Congrats to Kidsen!

Last night, the newly opened Novikov in Mayfair, played host to the Telegraph Magazine's The Best Small Shops in Britain awards, which focuses on finding the best independent shops across the UK which give high streets their special identity.

Hosted by Michele Lavery, editor of the Telegraph Magazine, and retail expert columnist Mary Portas, thousands of consumers voted for their favourite local shops in nine categories.

Huge congratulations go to the team at Kidsen, who were awarded the coveted Best Independent Children’s Shop Award by a panel of judges!

After launching three years ago, the Kensal Rise store sells children’s clothes and shoes, interiors, toys and gifts, quite rightly described by The Telegraph as an ‘oasis of Scandinavian cool’!

“Being an independent retailer can be a roller coaster of emotions, but today I feel like all the hard work has been more than worth it.  I am so grateful to all the people I've met who have supported us and helped our shop grow and to The Telegraph for showcasing all us Independents.  Our mission is to continue to offer specialist service and advice and to keep our high street interesting by finding innovative and exciting products and generally make it a great local shopping destination.  Long live the high street!"

Corina Papadopoulou, Founder, Kidsen.

We can't wait to read Corina's next guest blog for Bubble and Speak on the back of such a prestigious win! Congratulations again team!

111 Chamberlayne Road
NW10 3NS

Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm (5pm Saturday)

Egg Hunters

Over 200 uniquely crafted eggs, created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers have been hidden across London to raise money for Elephant Family and Action for Children.

Gather your family and friends and join the hunt throughout 12 egg zones across the capital for over 6 weeks!


A live auction of 30 eggs will take place on 20 March with the rest of the eggs sold online from 9 April.

For more information, please visit The Big Egg Hunt.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

A Monstrous Catwalk

On the third day of London Fashion Week, Mulberry unveiled its Autumn/Winter 12 collection inspired by Maurice Sendak’s children book “Where The Wild Things Are”.

The Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair was transformed into a dark woody land invaded by furry textures, mysterious prints and giant monsters by illustrator Emma Houlston.

 All images via Mulberry

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Happy Pancake Day!

Our search for delicious yet innovative recipes took us to Pinterest, a virtual pin board that you fill with your favourite images and organise into categories.  Follow us at pinterest.com/bubblelondon.

alphabet pancakes

pillow pancakes

bear pancake  

Friday, 17 February 2012

Oscar-Winning chairs!

At Bubble & Speak, we’re constantly reading magazines and flicking through blogs.
Every Thursday, we wait with anticipation for Gloop by Gwyneth Paltrow.

This week's newsletter focused on Maison & Objet trade show in Paris and featured these great chairs by Lummel.

Are you interested in providing furniture for Bubble London in June 2012? Please contact tabara@bubblelondon.com.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Happy Feet!

Some of you may be familiar with The Horse, an über-cool range of leather shoes for adults. The Australian brand has now jumped into the kids market with Jonah and The Girl.

These sweet 'canvas kicks' were only launched a few months ago and we're very impressed with their campaign.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Interested in exhibiting at Bubble London June 2012?

Click here to apply for a stand and join an exciting line-up of high profile brands and newcomers on the 17 & 18 June 2012 at The Business Design Centre.

In your heart

You still have two days to bid on over 100 heart artworks as part of the Art for Hearts Sake event.

All proceeds and donations will be given to the The Heart Yard Therapy House, one of Kids Company’s four specialist centres, which represents a sanctuary for some of London’s most deprived and trauma-affected children.
Stop by the European Design Centre in London’s West End to see the works in person.

European Design Centre
20 Margaret Street
Opening times: Monday - Saturday, 10am-6pm

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Love is in the air ...

For any 'lovely' occasion, two words: Dandy Star.
LOVE greeting card

LOVE mug

LOVE tea towel

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Bright Young Things

On display until the end of February, Selfridges London's Bright Young Things windows feature a total of fifteen UK-based emerging talents from the worlds of fashion, art, design and food.

Our favourite display comes from Becky Sloan with her playful and colourful geometric characters.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Lively, Lovely, Livly!

Among all the fantastic brands showcasing at CPH Kids, Livly really stood out.
This gorgeous collection is designed with exceptional quality and fits to suit every occasion.


For all our Swedish readers, designer Lisa Carol told us about the upcoming opening of a flagship store in Stockholm.
Watch this space!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

CPH Kids Delights

Last week's CPH Kids welcomed 38 new brands and a number of exciting collaborations.
The venue was once again transformed into a creative hub haunted by "monsters, weird creatives and secret caves".

Here are some of our show highlights.

Being greeted by a friendly monster

Luna Magazine's fashion shoot being set up

Finding some gems in the charity shop

Some inspiring artworks in the entrance of the show

Having  the chance to become Vogue Bambini cover star

New designs for Sebra

Super cool tights from That's Not Fair London

Spotted on Lucky Boy Sunday