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London Design Festival guide

Top 12 things to see at London Design Festival 2016

It’s that time of the year again – London Design Festival. From 17 to 25 September the capital transforms into a hive of creative activity, from large-scale urban installation and inventions, through pop-up exhibitions and design destinations, to open studios, design tours and trails. There’s A LOT to see and get your head around, so here I’ve done the hard work for you and picked my must-see highlights for London Design Festival 2016. designjunction, King’s Cross, 22 – 25 September Now in its sixth year, designjunction returns to vast new home in my old haunt, King’s Cross. The theme this time is Immersed in Design. Across four main sites, there will be 200 international brands exhibiting, hundreds of new products launches, plus pop-up shops and street food vans to fuel up on as part of the inaugural King’s Cross Creative Quarter (KXCQ). Monopoly-style houses will be descending on Granary Square, while Satellite Architects has designed a spectacular scaffold-like facade structure to conceal designjunction’s temporary two-storey pavilion. Made of 4,000 lightweight modular components, the structure will …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I’ve been lagging behind on the Stop, Look, Listen posts (no excuse, smack on the wrist…), but here’s a cracker for this week: an unmissable pop-up between Toast and east London plant and lifestyle store Botany, an exhibition all about how fashion change and flourished during the war, and a show of photographs taking a behind-the-scenes look at Alexander McQueen’s work. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the sun comes out to shine! STOP What: Toast and Botany pop-up Where: TOAST, 191 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2S When: for 6 weeks from 21 March One of my favourite clothing and homeware brands Toast is teaming up for a pop-up with independent plant and lifestyle store Botany. If you haven’t visited Botany before, it’s definitely worth a trip east to Chatsworth Road. Nestled in the heart of Hackney’s creative community, Botany houses a carefully curated selection of ethically sourced hand-crafted products, organic skincare and paper goods, alongside an abundance of indoor plant life – from unusual succulents, cacti and house plants. And for six weeks, a little of this urban …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I hope you’re all looking forward to a lovely, happy, romantic weekend. Of course, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow but whether you’re all-for-it or anti-it, here’s three things to enjoy this weekend, a great new exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery – a chance to sneak a look at the collections of artists – a flower workshop in east London and a fab sample sale if you have any pennies left! STOP What: Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Where: Barbican Art Gallery, London When: Until May 25 While may exhibitions have focused on the work of artists, this is one of the first exhibitions in the UK to look behind-the-scenes at the fascinating collections of artists themselves. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists, from Peter Blake and Edmund de Waal (you can the hare with the amber eyes) to Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. Image: © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images LOOK What: Columbia Creative Valentine’s Pop-up Where: Boxpark, London When: 11-15 February Learn how …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I admit, I haven’t done a Stop Look Listen in a long time, not since before Christmas. There’s no excuse, January has just slipped by in a blink of an eye, but this one’s a cracker. There’s lots of art, design and architecture events to look forward to this year, from a Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican to the Alexander McQueen extravaganza at the V&A (they’ve just released an extra 50,000 tickets, hop to it!). But for the moment, you could either reflect on abstract art at the Whitechapel Gallery, get all nostalgic by the seaside at the De La Warr Pavilion or indulge your inner crafter at Heal’s Modern Craft Market. Enjoy! STOP What: Ladybird by Design Where: De La Warr pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea When: Until May 10 Occasionally I do feature events outside of London (shock horror!) and I can’t wait to get out of the big smoke and see this exhibition. Almost everyone who grew up in the UK can probably remember the innocent but delightful Ladybird books from their …

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Travel: New Year 2014 in Paris

Welcome to the first post of 2015! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I spent a quiet Christmas with my family in Surrey this year – lots of good food, good wine, dog walks and evenings spent in front of the fire – before travelling to Paris for New Year with the French boyfriend. The city was looking as beautiful and romantic as ever – we spent New Year’s Eve itself at a friend’s country house before descending on Paris for culture, coffee and cake! So without further ado, here are a couple of recommendations of things to do, see and eat. We wandered around the trendy Marais district and came across plenty of cute, little coffee shops and boutiques. The one above, called the Boot Cafe, had lovely fresh flowers both inside and out. The cafe is just big enough for three small tables, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in atmosphere (even Garance Doré likes it…). Boot Café, 19 rue du Pont-aux-Choux, 75003 Paris A trip to …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I can’t believe there are only two more weekends in November. Things are definitely starting to feel festive, with plenty of Christmassy, crafty fairs and food markets. It’s also time to fit in all the art exhibitions you haven’t got round to seeing, before they switch up in December and January. So here’s my pick of three things to do this week- get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane, an immersive fashion expo at The Photographers’ Gallery and foodie heaven at a unique Supper Club in Farringdon. STOP What: Renegade Craft Fair Where: Old Truman Brewery, London When: 22 + 23 November The Renegade Craft Fair heads across the pond and returns to London. Shoppers will find an array of handmade goods at the fair, ranging from stationery and gift wrap to one-of-a-kind jewellery, illustrated prints and homeware. There will also be workshops such as Prickle Press’ DIY letterpress postcards, a pom pom bauble workshop with Pom Pom Quarterly, plus other crafts hosted by Mollie Makes magazine.  LOOK What: Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 …

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Mad About Living at Biennale Interieur 2014

For this year’s Interieur 2014 design show – held in the Belgian city of Kortrijk – instead of exhibiting a fair booth, MAD BRUSSELS (Brussels’ centre for fashion and design) created a fictional urban apartment to display a range of design objects. It’s an approach that seems to be all the rage at the moment… (see Studioilse’s VitraHaus, Villa Hager at Vitra or Hauser & Wirth at Frieze 2014). But here there weren’t just the latest designs, there were vintage finds from flea markets too, in a bid to make it feel more homely. Curator Tom Tack says: To get rid of a showroom like-feeling, our set-up gains it’s richness and believability by mixing several fields of Brussels-based design such as Graphic Design, Art, Furniture Design, Packaging Design, Textile Design, … It would be pretentious to imagine a “daily” interior with only contemporary design elements. Just like the city of Brussels, our apartment is all about layers. The result is an interior where several generations of Brussels-based designers are gathered in one place. You’ll see …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week in London. It may be Halloween, but I have three fab, non-ghoulish events for you. First up, two exhibitions, one focusing on the nude and the other on pets, and secondly a new cinema experience in Shoreditch (hint: pillow). ps. I’ve already carved my pumpkin, but if you fancy checking out some more artistically inspired designs, check out the pumpkins at Granary Square in King’s Cross. You can even take one home with you, or try your hand at some Halloween-inspired recipes from nearby restaurants including Benugo and The Grain Store, to name a few. STOP What: Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude Where: The Courtauld Gallery, London When: Until January 18 This exhibition of Egon Schiele, a central figure of Austrian Expressionism, brings together a group of the artist’s nudes assembled from a variety of international public and private collections (none of his major drawings are held in a UK public collection). They chart his short but prolific career (he died at the age of just 28) plus it’s also the …

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Travel: 24 hours in Amsterdam

This weekend I went on a whistle-stop trip to Amsterdam, mainly for work reasons to see the new Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum. As many of you may know, I was only in the city a couple of weeks ago for my birthday (for which I wrote a travel guide and included a handy, printable and downloadable map, you can see it here) so it felt a little bit like returning to a home away from home. Once the rain had died away and the sun came out, the city looked beautiful in the changing season, the leaves on the trees tinged with oranges and browns. I had the Saturday completely to myself, so decided to put the map away and spend the day exploring some of the things we missed last time. I went to Rembrandt’s house, Hotel Droog for lunch and a walk around the Jordaan in the afternoon. So here’s another travel guide of sorts, this time with just 24 hours to spare… First up, the new Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum, a mini-version of the main …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It would have been an obvious choice to recommend the Frieze Art Fair this weekend, but if you want to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track, I’ve handpicked three events for you. Head east for a pop-up bookshop, pop-up art exhibition and, oh, pop-up film festival (there might be a theme there..). Enjoy! STOP What: Bibliothèque pop-up bookshop Where: Hoxton Arches, London When: 17-19 October London-based design studio Bibliothèque is curating an interactive installation and pop up bookshop with Artwords at Hoxton Arches. There will be a coffee bar from Climpson & Sons, while you can relax in furnishings provided by Vitsoe.  Friday 17 October, 12 – 7pm Saturday 18 October, 10am – 6pm Sunday 19 October, 10am – 3pm LOOK What: Open: An exhibition of UK artists on Etsy.com Where: 5th Base Gallery, London When: 17-19 October Online handmade marketplace Etsy is hosting its first ever art exhibition. A panel of experienced curators – Katherine Mellor, Matt Roberts from a-n and Lena Nix of Space Studios – whittled down over 600 Etsy art sellers to create an exhibition of fifteen UK artists, covering disciplines ranging from …