Thursday 29 September 2011

Superb Tent

It’s always a pleasure to visit Tent London. Now in its fifth year at the Old Truman Brewery, the design event hosts over 200 international exhibitors, showing the very latest in contemporary interior products - furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories.

We discussed wallpaper with Famille Summerbelle, treated to homemade muffins on Muffin Pouffes ’ stand, shared jokes with Mini Moderns, and overall, were smitten by the incredible work of some designers.

 X benches from Adam Xander

Little red riding hood cushions from Naori Priestly

 Spray cap stools and mug chairs from Alex Garnett

Count on me chair from Seks  

 PlayShapes Sculptural relief from Miller Goodman

Alphabet lampshade by Design Bark

Ghost lamps from Design Collective

  New tea towels and ribbon tapes from Famille Summerbelle
Whitby porcelain collection from Mini Moderns & Magpie

The oh-so-yummy Muffin Pouffes
The next edition of Tent London will take place on 20 - 23 September 2012.

Wednesday 28 September 2011

All For Children

Tomorrow sees the launch of  H&M and UNICEF’s special range of children’s clothing, All for Children.

The collaborative collection will be available in 150 stores worldwide and on-line, with 25% of all sales going directly to UNICEF’s project, working towards the promotion of children’s rights to education and protection  in some of the poorest parts of the world, where many of H&M’s clothes are made.
Children can read about Moritz the sheep in an accompanying picture book full of games, then dress their very own Moritz in exactly the same outfits, with a wardrobe full of mini-versions of the collection.

The collection includes patterned jumpers or aviator jackets for boys and floral print trousers or character t-shirts for girls.

Children can help children this September and be fashionable for a good cause.

When in Shoreditch ...

We stopped by one of our favourite stores SCP, who was hosting new product launches during the London Design Festival
Here are a few of the design store's goodies.

Donna Wilson

New textile and home products from the "knitting queen"

Frank Treecloud pouffe

Make you own magpie kit

Snowflake decorative mat

swan and house scarfs  

Rob Ryan

Ruler for measuring the growth of human beings is Rob Ryan’s first piece for SCP and features his characteristic paper cut design.

Rota Stacka 

Super-robust stacking indoor & outdoor stool manufactured in England, from 100% recyclable rotationally moulded polyethylene.

SCP East
135 Curtain Road

Tuesday 27 September 2011

It's Tea Time!

Fancy a proper brew? First, you have to pick one of these Hidden Art Kids mugs.

Born from a collaboration between school pupils in East London and creativee collective CUSTHOM, the colourful designs reflect the London environment with its buses, urban housing, rows of terraces and street art.

Printed onto high quality bone-china, we guarantee the perfect cuppa!

Hidden Art Kids mugs - £10 (each)

Be 100%

Part of the London Design Festival, 100% Design is the UK’s first and leading contemporary design show and a key event in the international design calendar.

With exhibitors being selected for their creativity, originality and ability to innovate, here are a few of our favourites.

Old-fashion British road signs being redesigned by
 designers, architects and illustrators.

 The Animal Chair Collection paying homage to
the animal kingdom.

 With emphasis on quality and comfort , the oTo chairs
would suit any setting.

Adorable boxes spotted on 100% France pavillon.
Hiddern Art mugs perfect for indulging at home.

100% Design 2012 will be taking place at Earls Court from 20th to 23rd September 2012.

Monday 26 September 2011

Up, Up and Away!

We're always on the look out for new designers that wow us with their creativity. This week, we discovered the Japanese team of Satoshi Itasaka and Takuto Usami and their brand "h220430".

Inspired by the French movie, “Le Ballon Rouge”, this bench is suspended from the ceiling by 4 anchors concealed by the balloons to create a floating illusion.

Speaking of their furniture, the duo expressed the importance that great design shouldn't be limited to adults, but should be accessible to the children who will form the future. The EVA chair, designed specifically for children, also caught our eye and captured our hearts.

This lightweight, environmentally friendly chair is available in various vibrant colours. Easily self assembled, the chair can be built up and broken down quickly so it's easily stored away.

Friday 23 September 2011

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Ever since German photographer Achim Lippoth's photo exhibition at Bubble London in July 2008, we’ve kept an eye on his renowned work, regulary featured in Kid’s Wear Magazine.

Along with recent campaigns for Calvin Klein and American Eagle childrenswear, this summer Achim Lippoth worked with Mars, Bounty, Snickers and French agency CLM BBDO Paris on an ice cream campaign!

Don't worry, Achim says the kids cheered up when they got to enjoy the real ice creams after pretending to drop theirs for the camera in this 'Really Excited about Ice Cream' shoot!

What do you think?

Thursday 22 September 2011

One for the Grown-Ups!

Due to popular demand, Poppy has finally expanded its signature use of nostalgic prints with a contemporary twist to an adult’s range.

Designer Poppy Richardson says "Customers and friends have been pleading with us for years to create adult versions of our dresses – now we have! Some are mothers with daughters who love the idea of matching outfits, but mostly it's people who just love our prints”.

Inspired by 1950s shapes, these beautifully tailored dresses come in three styles – Beatrice, Grace and Edith – in sizes from 10-16, and are priced from £98 RRP.

Don't miss Poppy's range for babies, boys and girls up to 7 years old at the Autumn/Winter edition of Bubble London on 29 & 30 January 2012.