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Playtype pop-up at ARAM London

Playtype pop-up at ARAM London

Covent Garden design store ARAM is hosting a pop-up shop with the folks of Playtype that I think you are just going to love. The Copenhagen-based type foundry is heading to the British capital for three weeks with its bold graphic posters, notepads and mugs, all created with the unique Playtype typefaces. Born out of a love of typography, Playtype was founded by Danish brand and design agency e-Types in 2010. It creates custom-made typefaces for brands and individuals as well as for their own line of lifestyle products sold from their cool Copenhagen store and online. Although products are sold here and there in shops dotted around the UK, this will be their first proper outpost outside of Denmark, with items gathered all in one place at ARAM’s showroom in London. ‘It is in the meeting of typography and beautiful products that the Playtype universe is created, and with our clean cuts and bold shapes it is clear to see our Scandinavian roots,’ says creative director Rasmus Drucker Ibfelt. ‘True to our name we put a playful spin on …

A staycation in London

A staycation in London

Have you ever had a staycation in your own city? It’s always nice to get away, but sometimes just switching off from work mode and exploring a neighbourhood you don’t often venture to can give you a new perspective of the city you live in and leave you feeling refreshed, ready to face the daily grind once again. It was the end of January and we did just that, finishing off the month on a high for a night at citizenM Bankside in south London. Living north of the river, we don’t often go south and I can go for weeks without actually seeing the Thames. Just escaping for the night, not having to put the dishwasher on, tidy up or answer any emails, was a lovely, much-needed break. Going on a Friday night to celebrate the end of the week also made the weekend feel that bit longer. Even just leaving our phones in the room while we went out for dinner made us feel like we had escaped elsewhere and no one could contact us! CitizenM …

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My top 9 favourite Instagrammers to follow

In need of some inspiration at the start of the new year? I’ve gathered together nine of my favourite Instagrammers whose beautiful composed and styled images I’ve been lusting over for some time. From mouthwatering bakes and recipes, through pretty street corners, to bunches of bright blooms, this lot have creativity and style in abundance. Simply click on each image to be lead to their profile! @littlelottieloves Why: her super-cute captions and lovely British style What: yummy cakes, Swedish fika, the best coffee shops in London, and pretty streets @maevdkrogt Why: for the charm of Amsterdam What: charmingly crooked Amsterdam doorways, coffee haunts, brunch spots and perfectly propped up bicycles @jasminetartine Why: for that little Parisian je ne sais quoi and her inspiring quotes What: croissants, bustling Parisian cafes, views over the Seine, and windowsills of flowers @stylonylon Why: her laid-back but super-cool style and top Olympus Pen tips What: outfit posts, covetable wears, chunky knits, coffee and east London haunts @abbie_melle Why: her beautiful compositions and lightness of touch What: wild, foraged blooms, the pinkest roses, sweet delights and homely table …

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Knoll Sample Sale 2015, London

There’s furniture you buy on a quick whim, then there’s the design classics that you um and ah over, invest in and keep forever and ever. I’m talking about the Eames chairs, Saarinen tables and Barcelona chairs of the world. These will never go out of fashion, they’re classics for a reason – timeless forms using pioneering processes that even today’s designers are struggling to compete with. But, not everyone (including myself…) can afford a design classic. And that’s where the interior designer and stylist’s secret comes in – sample sales – opportunities to grab a bargain, many ex-showroom displays or re-runs at up to 70% off. Knoll, famous for its Bauhaus design philosophy, is hosting its 10th sample sale this weekend. I had a sneak peek yesterday and let me tell you it’s a design lovers paradise – the whole Clerkenwell showroom has been cleared out and stocked with row upon row of designer sofas, chairs and tables. I spotted Marcel Breuer’s cane and bent tubular steel Model B32 chair, that I’ve seen all over Pinterest, and …

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Light loft living by Chan + Eayrs

I’ve recently been considering moving from my 1930s King’s Cross flat into somewhere new. I always find myself veering towards old, period properties for their unusual details, charm and little eccentricities. For me, new builds can so often be lacking in character, with generic, homogenous features and penny-pinching space standards. Not so for young, London-based studio Chan + Eayrs, which has branded itself as both architect, interior designer and developer. It has just completed its first project in New Cross, south east London. The New Cross Lofts are dreamy, with thought put into every little detail – from the exquisite herringbone brick exterior, that references surrounding Victorian terraces, to the cast concrete benches inside. Standing on the plot of a former garage on the corner of Pagnell Street and New Cross Road, the building comprises two work studios on the ground floor and two apartments above. A lofty winter garden connects the spaces and floods the spaces with light. A soft, neutral colour palette is seamlessly brought together with lime-washed oak floors, walls painted in Rolling Fog by Little Greene and exposed …

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The 200 Club with Bespoke Offers x Bompas and Parr

I haven’t written about things to do in London for what seems like ages, I used to create ‘Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week’ posts each Friday, but as with many of these things, it seemed to fall by the wayside. But… stop, look and listen to this for the moment, because it is one not to be missed… Are you a foodie, who like me, likes nothing more than good food and good company? A little bit adventurous and willing to try something new? Then forget your boring Saturday night takeaway, cosy dinners for two and the ordinary restaurants in London that everyone has been to (and that everyone has instagrammed). If you’re looking for something a little bit different, then you might be interested in The 200 Club – an experiential, one-off event dreamt up by gastronomic geniuses Bompas & Parr and Barclays Bespoke Offers, a website that curates hundreds of money-saving offers. Bompas & Parr, set up by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, are known for their fantastical architectural …

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Swedish Summer at Heal’s 2015

Many of you will know just how much I love all things Scandinavian. Well this summer, Heal’s is hosting a Swedish extravaganza that is not to be missed. Swedish Summer at Heal’s, taking place from 27 July to 23 August, will involve a pop-up market showcasing Swedish designer brands alongside some of the country’s signature food, fashion and lifestyle. Eighteen Swedish brands will sell their wares, from furniture and lighting to textures, accessories and ceramics (House of Rym, Design House Stockholm, Skultuna and Swedish Hasbeens, to name a few), while there will also be networking events and workshops, including flower headband-making, Swedish embroidery and quilt-making. Ticket holders to events will also be treated to a cinnamon bun and a coffee – a little break in the day that the Swedes like to call ‘fika’. In fact, celebrating Swedish design is nothing new to Heal’s, following the introduction of Scandinavian furniture to the store, and the UK, in 1951, Heal’s hosted several Scandi events, including one in 1971 that had a smorgasbord on the fourth floor, a Swedish …

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I wish I lived here: an artist's warehouse conversion in Islington

Wow! This house! What a lovely collection of plants, mid-century furniture and textures. It’s a warehouse conversion designed by 6a architects in a private gated mews in central Islington, currently on The Modern House. Created for an art collector, the home is spread over two floors, with a roof terrace featuring planting by renowned landscape designer Dan Pearson (!) on top. It’s literally my dream home. The first floor seen above is dedicated to a giant living space that is loosely divided, with a kitchen at one end and a dining area, sitting area and a bedroom at the other end (on the ground floor there are two artists’ studios). Just look at those grey polished concrete floors and all those rugs and muted toned cushions! I can imagine being curled up on that sofa with the newspaper and the wood burning stove heating away, while the rain patters on the ceiling above – it would be bliss. Or entertaining guests at that long wooden table. There’s some lovely details too – built-in ceramic tiles by the artist …

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Introducing… Native & Co

Native & Co is an independent homeware and lifestyle shop in London’s Notting Hill. Founded by two product designers, Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung and British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green, the shop specialises in crafted home products that are predominantly sourced from Japan and Taiwan. Working with small suppliers, specialist workshops and local craftsmen, they seek out simple, discrete pieces that are both functional and beautiful at the same time. Here you’ll find traditional cast iron kettles, hand-made ceramicware, canvas aprons and striped linen tea towels. Their shop interior is as well thought out as the products on display, from the furniture that Green crafted himself to the little touches that make the space homely. Laid out on the table is the Arita Porcelain Collection, which includes Japanese kitchen tools such as a sesame mortar with pestle and lid, a lemon squeezer, a ladle stand and multi-functional canisters. Tableware includes ceramic tea cups, rice bowls and plates that use 400-year-old porcelain techniques and are adorned with traditional Japanese navy and white patterns. Hand-bound brooms,  made from Japanese hemp …

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Do South shop styling

I love exploring the different neighbourhoods or mini villages in London, discovering independent shops, seeking out good coffee and just soaking up the atmosphere. One such place is Crystal Palace, a forty minute overground ride for me from King’s Cross. I don’t often venture south of the river, but about a year ago I was tempted out of my north London cocoon with the promise of vintage and antique shops, and it didn’t disappoint: there’s four-storey antique emporiums, retro clothes shops, homeware stores, food markets on Saturdays and stunning views right down the hill to the City. So when Do South shop, a treasure trove of vintage finds, handmade goods and modern design products, asked me along for a sunny Sunday morning of styling with three other bloggers I couldn’t say no. Do South, set up in 2011 by the lovely Freddie Oke, is situated right in the heart of Crystal Palace’s shops, on the corner of Westow Street and Central Hill. It sells a real variety of goods, from design-led, modern furniture and accessories from the likes …