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Design Shanghai returns

Media 10’s Design Shanghai 2016 (09-12 March 2016) will be returning to the stunning Shanghai Exhibition Centre and will see top names such as Cassina, Vitra, Moroso, Magis, HAY, Seletti, Villeroy & Boch, Miele, Bang & Olufsen, Serip.

Design Shanghai 2015 - Shanghai Exhibition Center

Swarovski will bring a bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation designed by Kim Thorne and originally exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum during the London Design Festival 2015.

zotem, ldf

Kim Thome – For Swarovski – Photographed at his London Studio – 2015

Design Shanghai is simultaneously a celebration and a reflection of the thriving creative industries market that has been emerging in China in recent years. The pace and scale of China’s economic transformation has in fact provided the perfect environment for the rapid growth of the country’s creative sectors, allowing enterprise, creativity and innovation to flourish.

Design Shanghai 2015

Recent figures show that the number of interior designers in Mainland China has increased to 600,000, while the number of creative studios, including architecture practices, interior design companies and property development firms, has risen to 200,000. The total number of practitioners stands at over 10 million.


The Classic Design Hall will feature an outstanding selection of products by leading names, including those returning to Design Shanghai following last year’s successful edition. Brands that have reconfirmed their participation include Cole & Son – presented by Wallvision – Parker & Farr, John Myland, PY Design and Miele China. In addition Nur Collection by MOHEBBAN will feature.

For more information click here.


Heal’s Modern Craft Club

Now in its third year, Heal’s Modern Craft Market returns bigger and better than ever to the Tottenham Court Road store with an extended run from 7 March to 23 April 2016. Celebrating the best in contemporary crafts, the event provides a platform for the artisans of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, an extension of the Great Heal’s Bodging Race, plus live workshops, demos and talks showcasing materials from leather to stone. Here are a few of the crafters involved.


We were transfixed by Yuta Segawa’s pieces at LDF where he presented his tiny pots in a spectrum of colours- we even bought a few! He was born in Japan and now makes in Lewisham, London. His miniature pots retail for £15 or £20. Each piece is unique and handmade in London.


Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre is a multidiscipline designer, maker and ceramicist based in Edinburgh. Having recently graduated from Robert Gordon University, she was spotted at the New Designers fair in June 2015 in which she exhibited a range of playful, colourful ceramics and fabrics for the home._Andrew_Ludick_Jug_Beakers

Andrew Ludick’s work has slowly evolved towards forms that illustrate the natural properties of clay and the processes he uses to create them. The building of these forms involves coiling and pinching the clay to create vases, bowls and various other shapes.  After the form is built it is decorated with complementary shapes and patterns, before being covered in a clear transparent glaze that serves to deepen the colours and to seal the clay for functionality.

For more information on the craft market click here.


Nottingham Market Design Event

For all of you Nottingham-based, head down to the city centre to see leading brands from a thriving Nottingham design scene, who have got together for a three day pop up shop.

nottingham design

‘Nottingham Market’ will showcase premium clothing, homeware and accessories and will enable customers to meet the designers behind the brands. It’s  a perfect opportunity to find an ideal Christmas gift for design lovers or to treat yourself!

notingham design

The event will take place in the famous Lace Market area, the home of Nottingham’s manufacturing heritage. An exhibition by artist and ceramacist Blue Firth will be open at Syson Gallery on High Pavement alongside the market venue. It is also opposite the city’s major art gallery Nottingham Contemporary.


Collaborators include homeware and fashion brands Lane, Tori Murphy, Universal Works, Sunspel, Jody Woodhouse and more. We are big fans of Tori Murphy, having seen her at Clerkenwell Design Week so it’s definitely worth checking out. Find out more about visiting here.


The Festival of India at The V&A

The V&A has unveiled When Soak Becomes Spill, a major new installation by leading Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta, as part of the start of the Festival of India.

Subodh Gupta

The work, created especially for the V&A as part of the India Festival, features a stainless steel bucket standing six metres high and overflowing with hundreds of pots, pans, containers and cooking implements. The vast sculpture is on display on Exhibition Road, outside the Museum.

Subodh Gupta

The V&A is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibitions over the next few months include: The Fabric of India will explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day.

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

With Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection, another exhibition (21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016), explores the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.

 Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Additionally, the V&A holds a remarkable collection of 19th century Indian musical instruments. These are the subject of a project carried out in partnership with Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust.

To find out more about the Festival of India, click here.


Northern Design Festival

2015 marks the 10th year of Northern Design Event, a festival taking place from the 21-25 October highlighting all things design in the North of England and showing that it’s not just London that’s a hot bed for design talent.

Susi Bellamy

Susi Bellamy

And quite right too when you think that Deadgood, Timorous Beasties and Susi Bellamy all hail from the North as does the famed product design course at Northumbria. With names such as Jonathan Ive amongst their alumni, they’re doing something right.



Deadgood bring their ‘Working Girl’ chair to the show, recently seen at LDF.



With AFID bringing the mid-century modern to the show with this gorgeous cabinet.

Hothouse ceramics

Hothouse ceramics

BLH Ceramics, from their studio from Newcastle, aim to combine traditional craft elements and hand built pieces to demonstrate a range of intricate and tactile surface treatments.

David Irwin

David Irwin

David Irwin’s new sustainable M Lamp, is available in a number of colours.


Taking place at the Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG, tickets can be bought here.


Get ready for London Design Festival

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LDF kicks off 19-20 September with a weekend dedicated to graphic design.

Design Week will host six keynote talks over two days, including the founders of design consultancy Europa; followed by illustrator Johanna Basford in a Q&A session by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne; Tom Sharp and Ben Haworth, co-founders and creative directors of The Beautiful Meme; Tony Brook, co-founder of design studio ‘Spin’ with Adrian Shaughnessy, and Craig Oldham. On Sunday, there’s a lunchtime talk with Pentagram partner Harry Pearce, and an afternoon masterclass with award-winning designer Morag Myerscough as part of the Global Design Forum 2015.

v&a, ldf

On Monday, investigate the future of luxury across different fields: Materials, Skills, Environment, and Premiumisation, with Swarovski designers of the future studio Swine and Kim Thome?, designer of Zotem. They will talk to Suzanne Trocme? about challenges with creating innovative and memorable designs in crystal., ldf

On Wednesday, hear a panel discussion on the way digital technologies are transforming mainstream design, both in creation and consumption. Chaired by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration UK, with Ruth Wassermann, head of design at MADE.COM plus special guests.

Make sure to find out more about the entire LDF schedule here:

Exhibitor Alert: Laura Callaghan at Pick Me Up Festival 2015


Laura Callaghan’s distinct hand drawn illustrations couldn’t be more relevant as the appetite for 1980s grows. Catch her new body of work at Pick Me Up until the 4th of May.


Above: Illustration for Hunger Magazine to celebrate the opening of Pick Me Up London.

Pick Me Up / Laura Callaghan / Hunger Magazine

Somerset House

23rd April to the 4th May.


Exhibitor Alert: Solo exhibition “nendo works 2014-2015” during Salone del Mobile 2015


Nendo will present over 100 latest works in their solo exhibition at Museo della Permanente from 14th to 19th April. 


Diary: Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition

Windy Hill, perspective drawing in ink, 1900, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (c) Glasgow School of Art

RIBA presents a new exhibition devoted to the Scottish architect, artist and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mackintosh Architecture is the first exhibition devoted to his architecture, it offers the rare opportunity to view over 60 original drawings, watercolours and perspectives. The exquisitely detailed drawings reveal the development of his style spanning the whole of his career as an individual architect and designer.

18 February – 23 May 2015

Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD


Olafur Eliasson launches the inaugural exhibition at Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton.


The internationally renowned artist dubbed the Philosopher of Spectacle, Olafur Eliasson, launches the inaugural exhibition at Paris’s newest art museum and cultural centre, The Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The Danish-Icelandic artist takes the honour of the first to exhibit at the Fondation Louis Vuitton after gaining gravitas as one of the world’s leading artists in sculpture and large-scale installation.

Eliasson is intrinsically linked with the Fondation with his work permanently featured in the museums “grotto” – a forest of mirrored yellow columns, which cast a sunny glow and infinite repetitions of passersby.

As part of Eliasson’s first solo show in France since his 2002 exhibition at the Musée d’Art modern de la Ville de Paris, Contact (this latest exhibition) envelops visitors in a choreography of moving light and shadows, seemingly transporting them into the darkness of outer space.On the roof, Olafur Eliasson will install an apparatus that tracks the sun and, at certain hours of the day, directs light rays onto a multifaceted, geometric sculpture suspended within the building.

In 2006 at the initiative of Bernard Arnault, LVMH created the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, it is part of the sponsorship policy in favour of art and culture developed by the group for over twenty years. The Louis Vuitton Fondation, a private cultural initiative, aims to promote and support contemporary art to a wider public.

The exhibition runs through to 16 February 2015.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton

Exhibition: L’Appartement Du Progres by 19 Greek Street


19 Greek Street opened their new exhibition ‘L’Appartement du Progres’ to the public today. The installation is a tightly curated living space that challenges the myth that conscious, charitable and sustainable design must always sacrifice style.

‘L’Appartement du Progres’ brings together noteworthy design, including up-cycled chairs by Nina Tolstrup, a selection from Marni‘s 100 chairs made through a charity program for Columbian ex-convicts, pieces by UK charity Out of the Dark, cabinets made from recycled newspaper by VIJ5 and sustainable pieces by Dian Simpson.

Their ‘open’ bar will also be a food drive where guests may bring a piece of food in exchange for a free drink. All food collected will go to London Street Food Bank. If you are unsure about which foods are acceptable visit the London Street Food Bank website.


Monday to Saturday

15-January 16th 2015



19 Greek Street / Nina Tolstrup /  Marni / Out of the Dark / Dian Simpson /London Street Food Bank


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Editor’s Pick: 19 Greek Street at London Design Festival


Exhibition: The Other Art Fair opens today


The Other Art Fair opens today showcasing 130 emerging and unrepresented artists – all of which have been carefully selected by the panel of art experts – Anita Zabludowicz, Omar Kholeif, Polly Morgan and Sophie O’Brien – to ensure you buy from the best artistic talent with confidence.

Supported by leading figures in the art world such as Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Rebecca Wilson (Saatchi Gallery), The Other Art Fair is recognized as the place to discover new artists and catch the next generation of painters, sculptors and photographers just before they take the art world by storm.

View the full list of artists here.


The Other Art Fair

16-19 October

Old Truman Brewery, Brick lane, London, E1 6QL.


Exhibitor Alert: Esaila at Maison Objet


Above: ‘Capsule’ candleholder by Kenyon Yeh

Esaila a Taiwan based company founded by designer Kenyon Yeh has introduced a new collection of contemporary minimalist designs consisting of furniture, lighting and other accessories at Maison Objet. We love their simple designs such as the ‘Cherry’ pendant by Kaschkasch inspired by a couple of cherries. If you are visiting the show, check out the rest of the range in Hall 8 Stand D77. Continue Reading…

Exhibition: Crafting Narrative by the Crafts Council


Åbäke, Auger-Loizeau with Alan Murray, Carl Clerkin, Martino Gamper, Cecilie Gravesen, El Ultimo Grito,  Zhenhan Hao, Hilda Hellström, Hefin Jones, Onkar Kular, Dash Macdonald, Noam Toran, Dawn Youll


10 September – 19 October 2014

Guest curated by Onkar Kular, this new Crafts Council touring exhibition explores how contemporary designers and makers use objects to tell stories. The exhibition will focus on practitioners who challenge and investigate the narrative potential of objects and making to convey and reflect on themes as diverse as history, culture, society and technology.

New and commissioned works will be shown alongside film, text, illustration and photography, highlighting how objects can be used as affecting and compelling narrative forms.


Curator’s tour – Saturday 13 September at 2pm




Crafts Council


Exhibition: Horizons Verge by Kate Shaw in The Quarter Café at Heal’s


Above: Empires Heave by Kate Shaw

The Quarter Café at Heal’s Tottenham Court Road will host a new painting exhibition – Horizons Verge – featuring a collection of contemporary landscapes by Australian artist Kate Shaw.

Sydney-born, New York-based artist Kate Shaw artificially depicts nature via marbling and texture. Her technique involves pouring ‘skins’ of paint, cutting these into landscape forms and strategically recombining them as collage. Shaw’s intention is to reflect upon the contradiction between our inherent connection to the natural world and the continual distancing from it. Continue Reading…

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