Lee Broom Presents KALEIDOSCOPIA at the London Design Festival 2019

For the London Design Festival 2019, renowned British designer Lee Broom presents a brand new installation entitled KALEIDOSCOPIA, an experiential showcase that plays with kaleidoscopic impressions.

KALEIDOSCOPIA will be unveiled on 17th September at the Shoreditch showroom, and in signature Lee Broom style uses visual illusion to create an intimate exhibition with maximum impact. Visitors will be invited into an enclosed space to discover lighting products within a highly reflective environment, forming a sequence of multiple images and mesmerising optical illusions. Only when inside KALEIDOSCOPIA will visitors experience the full transformative visual impact of the installation, inspired by the interior of a kaleidoscope.

Visual of Kaleidoscopia installation

Visual of Kaleidoscopia installation

The show incorporates an installation of Lee Broom’s acclaimed Orion lights. Hung both horizontally and vertically, the installation highlights the versatility of the product which allows the end user to create bespoke constellations of light with infinite adaptations. With its endless illumination and hypnotic soundtrack, the KALEIDOSCOPIA experience will take viewers on an enthralling journey of altered perspectives.

Lee Broom commented:

“I am always inspired by new and innovative ways in which I can present our products every year during Design Week and London as a city has always been incredibly open to innovation and creativity. That’s why I’m always excited to present something new during the London Design Festival.”

Orion lights in polished gold

Orion lights in polished gold

VISIT LEE BROOM AT LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019. KALEIDOSCOPIA will be installed at the Lee Broom Showroom in Shoreditch, 95 Rivington Street, London,  EC2A 3AY

Exhibition opening times: 17-22 September 2019; Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Shoreditch Design Triangle

Lee Broom is part of Shoreditch Design Triangle, one of the most vibrant areas of London during the London Design Festival, which now comprises over 60 different independent events. 


The Milk House Milk Fest 2019

Milk Fest is back again, this time for it’s sixth year running and presenting the Greatest Show yet! As ever, over the August Bank Holiday weekend Milk Fest kicks off on Friday 23 August, with a long weekend of entertainment all the way through to Monday 26 August. It’s set to be a feel-good feast of food & fun for the whole family.

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They’ve put together an udderly unmissable schedule, with music from top local talent and fabulous food and drink from some of our wonderful suppliers. From an array of delicious Kentish cider to our ever-popular Park Farm hot dogs, pink fluffy candy floss to sensational circus skills; there will be something to put a smile on everyone’s face.

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To mark the occasion, the Milk House Fest have collaborated with Kent Brewery to bring you a 3.9% Session IPA using some of the latest English hop varieties at a cheap and beerful £3.50 a pint. A tipple or two of this bespoke Kentish pale ale, crafted just for us, is sure to get you in the party mood. So, bring a rug, make yourself comfortable, tuck into some fine festival fodder and enjoy the tunes.

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The Milk House fest Kicks off on Friday 23 August, for a Bank holiday weekend of fun, all the way through to Monday 26 August.

V&A Goes to Market – One Day Sustainable Food Pop-Up at Borough Market

Turnips Borough to create unique dish from mushrooms grown in V&A exhibition

On 14th August, two of London’s most iconic destinations – the V&A and Borough Market – will collaborate to showcase innovative sustainable food growing techniques.

Borough Market trader Turnips Borough, a family-run fruit and vegetable retailer and wholesaler, will create a special dish – for one day only – using oyster mushrooms grown in the V&A from used coffee grounds. The mushrooms are a highlight of the V&A’s current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, and the collaboration aims to take the project beyond the museum for visitors to sample while shopping at London’s oldest produce market.

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In an installation designed for the V&A by social enterprise GroCycle, oyster mushrooms are grown in the gallery from bags filled with used coffee grounds, including grounds from the V&A Benugo café where visitors drink 1,000 cups of coffee a day. The mushrooms are later harvested and return to the museum café as ingredients, closing the nutrient loop and challenging the notion of coffee grounds as ‘waste’ materials. The mushroom farm is one of over 70 contemporary projects in FOOD at the V&A, which is sponsored by BaxterStorey and explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.

This collaboration will see the V&A redirecting their mushroom harvest to Borough Market for a day, providing 7kg of pink, yellow and grey oyster mushrooms for Turnips to create a delicious mushroom and spelt risotto. 10% of the sales will be donated to Plan Zheroes, a zero food waste charity that Borough Market has worked with since 2014 to redistribute top quality surplus produce from traders to charities across London. To date, Borough Market and Plan Zheroes have saved in excess of 67,000 kilograms of surplus food from going to waste – providing over 135,000 meals for Londoners in need.


Waste reduction is central to Borough Market’s drive to promote a responsible, sustainable approach to food production and consumption and this collaboration is part of the Market’s wider commitment to sustainability that includes the provision of public drinking fountains, a ban on single use plastic bottles, a corn starch alternative to plastic bags and a recycling scheme which ensures zero waste goes to landfill.

Borough Market’s approach chimes perfectly with Turnips’ pioneering tackling of food waste. 15 years ago, before food waste became the hot topic it is today, Turnips began finding new uses for fruit and vegetables which, while perfectly good, could not be sold. This included the making of juices and smoothies with this produce. Today, Turnips’ team of chefs use a range of seasonal produce to create incredible street food every day, including their rich mushroom risotto made with organic British spelt from Sharpham Park and topped with generous amounts of parmesan – the dish that inspired this collaboration.

Charles Foster, Turnips said: “We love what V&A and GroCycle are doing with this exhibition so it seems natural to collaborate in this way. We have been battling with sustainability and waste reduction for years, our wild mushroom risotto is a particularly successful vestige of that battle and using these innovative oyster mushrooms in our risotto will be hugely exciting!”

Mushroom installation in V&A's FOOD Bigger than the Plate (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Mushroom installation in V&A's FOOD Bigger than the Plate (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A goes to Market – One Day Sustainable Food Pop-Up at Borough Market: Weds 14th August

HAM for Choose Love

This week saw the opening of the CHOOSE LOVE 2019 exhibition at Somerset House. Curated by Print Club London the exhibition of over 30 original artworks raises money to support the amazing Help Refugees charity. This has been such a special project for me and I feel incredibly honoured to have been asked to join the line up of artists making their mark on the iconic Katharine Hamnett ‘CHOOSE LOVE’ slogan, which she very kindly donated the rights for to Help Refugees.


My piece is an limited edition of just three and shows Rabbit encouraging others to share the love - his colour palette inspired by that of the ocean, land, desert and earth.

All the original framed pieces are now on sale for a week via silent auction at printclublondon.com, with all proceeds going directly to the charity and the life saving work they do. Click on the link below to find out more and place a bid.


Choose Love 2019 now showing in the East Wing of Somerset House until 1st August 2019.

Wildlife Garden Set to Wow at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Acclaimed stylist Selina Lake is delighted to have been commissioned by award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson to add her styling magic to the BBC Springwatch Garden at the garden event of the summer, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

Causing an ‘Instagrammable’ stir at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month with the 5-star stand she styled for Alitex greenhouses, Selina has been busy prepping ahead of the reveal of the much talked about garden, which will be unveiled from 1st - 7th July.


Designed by Jo Thompson, alongside wildlife gardener and writer Kate Bradbury, Jo hopes to demonstrate through the Show Garden how visitors can re-wild their gardens and take steps to halt the decline of the UK’s wildlife population with a range of practical design elements.

After seeing the ‘Greenhouse Goals’ style at RHS Chelsea, Jo asked Selina to style the wildlife garden to highlight that wildlife friendly doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish. Selina will be adding her iconic touch to the garden, mixing vintage gardenalia with on trend black accessories and incorporating stylish insect designs. 


Jo Thompson commented ahead of the event –

“It has been great working with Selina on the BBC Springwatch Garden. It is always inspiring to work with interior and garden stylists and her flair and creativity have helped bring character and warmth to the garden which I hope the visiting public will enjoy.”


Selina, who published her ninth book, ‘Natural Living Style’ this spring is a herself a passionate gardener and the commission is a dream project, as she continues to focus on garden and botanical styling –

“I was delighted to be asked by Jo to work on the BBC Springwatch Show Garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Hampton Court is one of my favourite places to visit for ideas and inspiration, being just a short drive away from the village we live in in Guildford. My personal style has evolved over the years with a desire to live a greener life, growing your own, looking at how we can use recyclables and eco-friendly materials in the garden, alongside upcycled vintage wares. I’m so excited to be able to add some extra green touches to Jo’s wonderful wildlife friendly design, with hopefully some DIY easy to try ideas that visitors can try at home.”

There will be three distinct spaces within the Show Garden, each representing gardens belonging to different neighbours, and featuring their own characteristics and key elements to encourage wildlife. Selina has worked alongside Jo to compliment her designs and add some extra special touches to bring the space to life and inspire visitors to experiment with ideas at home, including…

Inspiring the next generation of wildlife watchers – Getting children ‘back to nature’ has been a huge focus this year, with the Duchess of Cambridge’s garden at RHS Chelsea shining a spotlight on the importance of this and part in can play in our overall physical and mental wellbeing. Combining play with learning, Selina is incorporating a blackboard tally into her styling concept to encourage little ones to record what wildlife is spotted in the garden and when.

Greener gardens – There is a huge focus on sustainability and how we can all play our part to reduce our carbon footprint. Given the fact that gardens are so inherently linked with nature, in the grandparent garden Selina has chosen to include recycled newspaper mini plant pots for seedlings.

Flowers & Foliage – Showcasing how gardens can be transformed, just like the rooms in your home, with accessories, using a collection of recycled bottles, vases and jars to display flowers and foliage picked from the garden to make a beautiful and blooming display that is sure to attract the gentle hum of the all-important bees in search of nectar

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Summer Vegan Events UK Festivals

If you thought vegan festivals were just for vegans and veggies – think again. Everyone is enjoying vegan these days from Will.I.AM and Jennifer Lopez to Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt. Vegan week from Great British Bake Off showed us just how much fun you can have with vegan food and now the supermarkets appear to be competing with each other as to who can bring out the best new vegan goodies. Vegans now have their own cool menus in most mainstream restaurants, pubs and cafes. So if you’re currently tucking into your quarter pounder but starting to realise that there’s now something way more exciting out there and it’s vegan-shaped, hop along to a Vegan Events UK festival this summer…


So what’s packed in to a Vegan Events UK festival? – well, the answer is what’s not! There’s everything to tickle your taste buds from the latest gourmet vegan cheezes, indulgent creamy chocolates to some naughty vegan kebabs, and everything in between. It’s like all the food you’ve ever enjoyed but with the unhealthy bits taken out. You can try before you buy and sample foods that are so new they haven’t even hit the shops yet. You can also bathe vegan too – with a range of deliciously scented soaps and handmade bath bombs from brands like Iuvo Skincare. And if you’re feeling stressed from a busy week, you can have the chance to chill out in a relaxing yoga session. 


There’s something for everyone – with lots of cool children’s activities and entertainment on hand to amuse the little ones. And if your teenager is into the latest trends you can check out cool designer vegan labels such as the gorgeous range of ‘Viva La Vegan’ hoodies and Tees. If you’re looking for a new pair of shoes or boots, Alternative Stores will be on hand to help. Plus there’s a massive range of gifts and goodies including candles, jewellery, and even treats for animals. It’s also a great place to shop if you’re looking to go plastic-free.

If you’re looking to get more in-depth, the festivals also feature useful talks on nutrition and the vegan lifestyle as well as some inspiring, fun cookery demos to get you started. 

The summer line-up of events across the UK is: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, Brighton Vegan Summer FEST; Saturday 29th June, Liverpool Vegan Festival; Saturday 6th July, Plymouth Vegan Festival; Saturday 20th July, Bath Vegan Festival; and Saturday 31st August, Dorset Vegan Festival.

Festival organiser, Victoria Bryceson runs her events in partnership with animal welfare charity, Miracle's Mission. Here she talks about her new events for 2019, “I’m really looking forward to our exciting new series of summer festivals. They’re set to be even bigger and better than last year’s. We received so much positive feedback last year and there’s now so much demand that our festivals are becoming regular sell-out events. I think it’s partly because people really love the friendly atmosphere. And also because it’s one of the best places to network and meet others who are vegan-curious too. The wonderful thing about our events is that they’re for everyone whatever your lifestyle. Just come along and bring your friends for a great, fun day-out. You’ll have everything you need there, whether you’re looking for some retail-therapy, some ‘me’ time, precious family time or just a lovely meal out with some friends.”

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Vegan Sweet Tooth London

Entry is from just £3 (under 16’s free) and this includes entry to all areas and activities. Standard tickets are purchased at the door on the day. VIP tickets, £15, include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers can be purchased in advance but sell out quickly. For more information please visit www.veganeventsuk.co.uk or www.facebook.com/VeganEventsUK

Greenhouse Goals With Selina Lake Inspire 5 Star Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Acclaimed Author and Botanical Stylist Selina Lake has once again worked her magic on the first RHS Chelsea Flower Show stand commission for Alitex.

Delighted to have been presented with the 5-star stand award, Selina’s picture-perfect creation is now set to wow thousands of visitors descending on the London’s Chelsea for the most prestigious pop-up horticultural event of the year.

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Capturing the imagination of show judges, celebrity guests were also caught cooing over the gorgeous stand, with Queen of baking Mary Berry, Lorraine Kelly and radio DJ Jo Whiley all stopping by.

Selina commented – “I have absolutely loved being part of the team this year, on what has literally been my dream styling commission. Whenever I think about the world’s best horticultural show, I always think about the pure celebration of nature, plants and of course wonderful blooming flowers so these, along with some of styling ideas from my 9 best-selling Home & Garden books ideas sparked my initial inspiration for this styling project.

“A big well done to Jake Curley for doing such a brilliant job of designing the garden and a special mention to the lovely Sarah Prall for assisting me to style the interiors and outdoor living areas on the stand to bring my concepts to life. I hope that everyone takes as much pleasure from spending time at the stand as I have had styling and conceptualizing it – thank you to Alitex and RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the five star icing on the cake recognition!”

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Delighted to be working with the ‘home of the modern Victorian Greenhouse’, Selina set out to blur the lines between inside and out, to create a stand that celebrated colour, as the team officially launch the Marston and Langinger (M&L) Alitex paint collection at the show. Weaving the collection of shades throughout the stand, the new palette of 15 colours will match, contrast and complement the most loved Alitex greenhouse and has the potential to transform trellis, upgrade your garage and add a flourish to your garden furniture.

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Visit the Alitex stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and be some of the first to see Selina’s #GreenhouseGoals brought to life, on stand 334 on the Main Avenue.

Selina is now looking forward to a busy summer ahead, planning some of her first Christmas shoots alongside her next project with The RHS, who has invited her to be a guest speaker at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival on Thursday 4th July 2019. Sharing insights into the world of an Interior & Garden stylist and demonstrating her ideas for how to style your garden, Selina will be on the Festival Stage at 12pm and again at 3pm.

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What's On March - May 2019 at the V&A

In the Diary: Here are some highlights of the V&A public programme from March - May 2019. Mark your calendars as there are some great exhibitions not to be missed!

William and Judith Bollinger Gallery Opening 11 April 2019 Admission free Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet will go on permanent public display at the V&A for the first time as the centrepiece of the William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, alongside eighty new pieces when this world-famous gallery reopens. Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet was acquired by the V&A in 2017, purchased through the generosity of William & Judith, and Douglas and James Bollinger as a gift to the Nation and the Commonwealth. Over 4.2 million people have visited the William and Judith Bollinger Gallery at the V&A since it opened in 2008. It’s one of the museum’s most popular galleries, telling the story of European and Western jewellery from Ancient Greece and Rome to the present. The gallery’s three-month refurbishment will renew the space for the next decade, with updates to the infrastructure and display, including a specially commissioned cylindrical showcase at the heart of the gallery for Queen Victoria’s coronet.

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams 2 February – 14 July 2019 The Sainsbury Gallery £20 – 24, concessions apply Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior. With over 500 objects and 200 rare Haute Couture garments, it is the V&A’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015. Spanning from 1947 to the present day, the exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him. Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the exhibition has been reimagined for the V&A, and will include a brand-new section exploring the designer’s influence in Britain. Ensembles will be shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions to explore the legacy of the couturier. The exhibition is a major collaboration between Christian Dior Couture, Christian Dior Parfums and the V&A.

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The Mary Quant Beauty bus, 1971 © INTERFOTO Alamy

Mary Quant 6 April 2019 – 16 February 2020 £12, concessions apply This exhibition is the first international retrospective on the revolutionary fashion designer Mary Quant in nearly 50 years. It focuses on the years between 1955 and 1975, when Quant revolutionised the high street with her subversive and playful designs for a younger generation, and brings together over 200 objects, the majority of which have never been on public display. The exhibition is drawn from the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which include the largest collection of Mary Quant garments in the world, as well as the designer’s personal archive and important international loans. In June 2019, the V&A announced a public call-out to uncover lost Quant designs and to capture these amazing personal stories in the exhibition. This call-out resulted over 900 responses. 35 objects from 30 individuals will be on display in the exhibition, including 18 pieces which have been acquired for the V&A’s permanent collection.

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honey & bunny (Sonja Stummerer & Martin Hablesreiter) Daisuke Akita

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate 18 May – 20 October 2019 £17, concessions apply FOOD explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food. Taking visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it poses questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways. Featuring over 70 contemporary projects, new commissions and creative collaborations by artists and designers working with chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities, exhibits present ideas and alternative futures from gastronomic experiments to creative interventions in farming, with several projects physically growing in the gallery space. This timely exhibition draws on the V&A’s close links with food, including thirty historic objects from the V&A collections providing further context to the exhibition. Built on the site of Brompton Nursery, the V&A housed an early food museum and over 150 years ago opened the world’s first purpose-built museum refreshment rooms.

Philippa Craddock: Floral Art Monday 11 March, 19.00-20.45 Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre £15-18, includes wine reception Join Philippa Craddock for a look at her career and her seasonal and down-to-earth approach to floristry. Stephen Jones and the History of Millinery at Dior Friday 12 April, 19.00-20.45 Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre £18, includes wine reception Hats have formed an integral part of the overall look coming from the House of Dior since its inception. Join master milliner Stephen Jones who has worked with Dior for more than 20 years, and V&A curator Oriole Cullen, for a discussion on the evolution of Dior’s earliest creations, to Jones’s own designs for John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri today. Andrew Prince: Lost Splendours Monday 18 March, 19.00-20.45 Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre £15-18, includes wine reception From glittering Roman silver, Spanish galleons filled with gold and emeralds to the fabled Russian Crown Jewels, hoards of astonishing treasures have been created and then lost to time and history. Join historian Andrew Prince for a discussion about the many fabulous pieces that have disappeared, the people who owned them and their sudden rediscovery centuries later

For more information, visit vam.ac.uk/moc/whats-on

London Craft Week Celebrates Its 5th year

London Craft Week returns to the capital this May for its fifth edition, presenting an exceptional showcase of craftsmanship and creativity from around the globe. Once again this unique and ambitious event is supported by headline sponsors dunhill and Purdey.

Unfolding at hundreds of venues across the city, the one-of-a-kind festival creates a raft of opportunities to interact with leading craftspeople, thought leaders, brand figureheads, critics and artists, with a packed schedule of talks, workshops, exhibitions and creative encounters.

Wagumi's Kintsugi Plate and Japanese Tea making with Ippodo at Japan House.

Wagumi's Kintsugi Plate and Japanese Tea making with Ippodo at Japan House.

Over five days, more than 240 established and emerging makers, designers, heritage and contemporary brands and galleries from around the world invite the public to venture on a journey of discovery behind the scenes to explore the people, processes and materials behind exceptional products, garments, artworks and other crafted objects. 

Spanning fragrance and furniture, couture and calligraphy, jewellery and ceramics, the festival is a wide-ranging platform for artists and makers in every sector, working both in the UK and internationally. From globally renowned institutions and revered retailers to cult design studios, social enterprise and maker spaces, London Craft Week unites diverse and iconic venues in a city-wide tribute to creative excellence, including: The V&A and the Royal Academy of Arts to Zegna and MATCHESFASHION.COMThe Conran Shop and Carl Hanson to The Italian Cultural Institute and MADE IN JAPAN PROJECT.

Coloured glasses by ISHKAR.

Coloured glasses by ISHKAR.


This year’s London Craft Week programme seeks to underline London’s status as a vibrant hub of international craft, encompassing makers of all sizes and scales, from the studios of celebrated masters to the hidden workshops of little-known producers.  
Confirmed highlights include:
A huge selection of independent makers 2019 sees some of the most exciting names in modern making taking part, including:

Furniture artist Yinka Ilori redesigning a Nine Elms railway bridge; 

Rush weaver Felicity Irons collaborating with kitchen cabinet company British Standard;

Sculptor Lucille Lewin opening up her home studio for a talk with rakesprogressmagazine;

Ceramicist Matthew Raw leading a series of workshops at the Barbican Centre, giving participants the chance to have their own work exhibited during London Craft Week;

Textile artist Lora Avedian in residence at Leighton House Museum;

Tea and Sake at the Japan House exploring ceramics.

Tea and Sake at the Japan House exploring ceramics.

Meanwhile, The Portuguese Ambassador’s Residence will host Vista Alegre and Bordallo Pinheiro, two of the country’s most celebrated ceramics companies, while events with The Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Trade Authority will position Italy as a country of focus for 2019. 

Japan House, which opened in summer 2018, explores fashion, textiles, art and cuisine, while historic department store Heal’s presents the UK debut of work by makers from the Gifu area. The design shop Wagumi will host a workshop/demonstration focused on Kintsugi – the art of repairing broken pottery with metallic lacquer. 

Dedicated Destinations As in previous years, galleries, retailers and studios in various areas of the city will come together to collaborate and mutually explore specific craft themes. Pimlico Road favourites including DaylesfordRobert KimeRose Uniacke, Cox LondonJamb and Carl Hansen & Søn present a range of interior events on the theme ‘Crafting Interiors’.  Mount Street brands such as Pringle,  MATCHESFASHION.COM and Christian Louboutin will collaborate with artists to create newly commissioned artworks curated by Wood Society of the Arts. 

‘Sloane Street: Defining Luxury’ sees the legendary thoroughfare’s shops come together for a series of in-store events examining the dramatic transformations in the luxury sector that have taken place in recent decades. Businesses such as Fortnum & MasonFloris and D.R. Harris & Co from across St James’s London will explore the five senses of craft through A Sensory Journey. 

Hands-on making opportunities Every day of London Craft Week provides new possibilities to try your hand at any number of crafts, such as upcycling Burberry leather with sustainable luxury brand Elvis & Kresse, courtesy of The Room Service and Plain English; hand-making Anish Kapoor-inspired mirrors at Pizhanger Gallery, and taking part in a mass upholstery ‘Make-a-thon’ charity event at Shoreditch Design Rooms.

The full programme of 240+ events will be published on the London Craft Week website in March 2019. 

Pitzhanger Gallery will be hosting a class where participants can hand-make Anish Kapoor inspired mirrors.

Pitzhanger Gallery will be hosting a class where participants can hand-make Anish Kapoor inspired mirrors.

Lee Broom Presents Landmark Exhibition in Sydney, Australia

2019 sees leading British designer Lee Broom create one of his most significant landmark exhibitions to date with a presentation with Space Furniture in Australia. The installation is entitled ‘Park Life’ and will showcase for two weeks in March in Sydney.  Set within an underground car park below the flagship showroom of Space Furniture, the 4,000 square feet presentation will be the largest show Lee Broom has created.

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Employing the urban surroundings of the location, Lee Broom will transform the industrial car park and create a contemporary interpretation of a traditional garden park.  Taking the form of a maze, ‘Park Life’ will take guests on a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes showcasing the brand’s lighting, furniture and accessories in a whole new light. 

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The exhibition takes inspiration from the pleasure gardens of the 18th century which were laid out with mazes and miniature waterways.  These were the places to be seen and to see the latest in art, architecture, music and illuminations.  In much the same way that visitors were entertained in pleasure gardens centuries ago, this modernist interpretation will create a sense of escapism, amusement and drama for which Lee Broom’s shows are best-known for.

In line with the brand’s continuing global expansion, Lee Broom will also be undertaking a tour of the region for the whole month of March and present a series of Design Talks in Singapore, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand coinciding with Singapore and Melbourne Design Weeks.

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The Park Life installation at Space in Sydney will debut a new version of Lee Broom’s award-winning Eclipse lights in a polished gold finish. Eclipse has a sculptural silhouette with a mobile-like quality that changes at every angle. Mirror-polished gold and acrylic discs interact, dissect and obscure, which both eclipses and reveals its illumination to the viewer at the same time. The new gold finish transforms the light into a warmer, softer interpretation of the original polished chrome finish. Eclipse in polished gold will be available as a single pendant light, chandelier and a table lamp available to order from April for delivery in Summer 2019.

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Lee Broom commented: “I am delighted to return to Australia to present this exciting exhibition with Space Furniture and visit Singapore for the first time during Singapore Design Week. Australia has been a big supporter of my work for many years and it is an honour to create such a significant installation to showcase my collection in Sydney.”  

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Strike A Pose With 80s Inspired T-Shirts To Support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity


Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has joined forces with a group of leading illustrators and designers to create a limited collection of bespoke 80s inspired t-shirts and prints with all the profits going to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The 1980’s saw the launch of the Wishing Well Appeal, the first major fundraising appeal from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity which kickstarted decades of fundraising.  This year, the charity is celebrating thirty years of support with an 80s themed campaign. This includes the launch of a retro collection of thirty t-shirts and prints that have all been created with an 80s style.

Capturing the distinctive colours and style of the 80s, the t-shirt designs and prints feature illustrations by artists including Studio Anark, Anthony Burrill, Hattie Stewart and Risotto Studio.  Available in a range of sizes, the t-shirt collection will be on sale from Monday 12th November – 3rd December on the Everpress website as part of the charity’s Then.Now.Always campaign. The limited-edition prints will be available to buy via the GOSH Charity shop. All the money raised will go towards helping the hundreds of children who arrive at Great Ormond Street Hospital every day.

Thirty years on from the Wishing Well Appeal, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is still raising money to support the hospital’s most urgent fundraising needs which include pioneering research to find treatments for the most complex childhood illnesses, providing advanced equipment and supporting the rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care.

T-shirts are priced at £20 each and prints at £30 with 100% of profits going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

For the first time this year, the exclusive limited edition collection of t-shirts and prints will also be exhibiting and available to purchase at The London Illustration Fair from Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd December.

To find out more, visit gosh.org/shop80s 

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About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

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All Aboard The Santa Express – Fun For All The Family This Christmas

Magical festive steam train rides return to Staffordshire for their 23rd year, with Churnet Valley Railway offering the ultimate seasonal experience for all the family on the Santa Express.  


The Staffordshire heritage railway’s iconic and much loved ‘Santa and Steam’ event combines a ride on a steam train through scenic countryside with seeing Santa. On a variety of dates in the run up to Christmas Day, vintage trains warmly decorated with garlands and filled with Christmas cheer, make their way through the Churnet Valley. With a puff of steam and a blow of the whistle, 124 journeys are scheduled this season; the most the heritage railway has ever run.  

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Santa and Steam will run on both days on the weekends of 1st-2nd, 7th-8th and 15th-16th December, on Wednesdays 5th and 12th December, and daily from Wednesday 19th to Monday 24th December. The full timetable and pricing can be found on the Santa and Steam website.

Santa will well and truly have his work cut out this year as he welcomes children big and small aboard the train for an hour and 20-minute journey through the breath-taking Staffordshire moorlands.  With on board entertainment for the children including balloon artists making festive creations for children of all ages and sherry and mince pies for adults, the 2018  ‘Santa and Steam’ event is a great mid-week or weekend family outing.

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On offer will be a splendid selection of mystery presents. Santa and his elves make their way through the carriages spreading Christmas cheer whilst giving each child a wrapped gift.  The Santa Express departs from two stations, Froghall (ST10 2HA) and Cheddleton (ST13 7EE), both of which have tea rooms where visitors can purchase hot and cold food, including yuletide favourites such as Christmas Pie. Mementos including toys and a range of train-themed gifts can be purchased from the Signals Souvenirs shop at Froghall and a pop-up shop at Cheddleton.

Gregory Wilson, operations director at the railway said “this is one of our favourite, and busiest, times at Churnet Valley Railway.  Our Santa and Steam event is part of many families Christmas celebrations.  Kids of all ages tell us meeting Santa, riding on a steam train and getting a present is a perfect day out.” 


Ticket prices start at £17 for adults, £12 for children over two years old and £7 for children under two years old. A 10% group discounts is available on groups of over 20 passengers and groups of 6-8 passengers can book a private compartment for £30. 

Churnet Valley Railway relies on a network of over 100 regular volunteers and there are opportunities to get involved over the Christmas period. This includes helping Santa and his elves with preparing presents, distributing festive refreshments, meeting and greeting passengers at each station and assisting with on-board duties.  For more information, contact enquiries@churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk or call 01538 750 755.

Travel Trends for 2019

New research from The Luxury Travel Fair, which jets in to Olympia London (Thursday 1st– Sunday 4th November) has revealed the nation’s top getaway locations.  When 1,500 people were asked where they would like to go that they’ve never visited before, New Zealand came out top, followed by the Galápagos Islands and in third place, Iceland!  The full top 10 was as follows:

1. New Zealand

2. The Galápagos Islands

3. Iceland

4. Canada

5. Japan

6. The Maldives

7. Hawaii

8. Vietnam

9. Australia

10. South Africa

But what are the anticipated travel trends for 2019?  We’ve picked the brains of some of The Luxury Travel Fair’s leading experts to see what – and where - will be big news in the year ahead.


Tourists in 2019 are not going to be afraid to try something NEW.  Holidays are getting more and more adventurous and this is set to continue, no matter their age. 

Catherine Thake, Fair Director at The Luxury Travel Fair says: “We’ve found that consumers are hungry to discover new and uncharted destinations.  They are searching for places where they can immerse themselves in the culture and community, whilst gaining authentic and real travel experiences.  They are much more conscious of where they are travelling, understanding the locality of where they are and being more environmentally aware.”

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Nearly half (47%) of people surveyed by The Luxury Travel Fair said they are more health-conscious as they get older and therefore pick holidays with this in mind – choosing to take trips that improve their physical and mental wellbeing.  Think yoga retreats, sporting activities and mindfulness camps.  

Helen Bell, Director of Romancing the Ordinary says: “Last year one in ten of our clients booked a wellness retreat style holiday and in 2019 the numbers seem set to increase.  The wellbeing tourist industry has grown at an incredibly fast rate over the last few years and has become big business, driven by an increasingly health conscious population that seeks to live longer, look and feel younger than our years, as well as achieving a level of health and fitness that enables us to do all of the things we wish to do.”

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While tourists in 2019 are anticipated to want to stray from the beaten track, there will be a trend for wanting to do this in comfort.  Mike Clay from Panoramic Journeys says: “We have seen a lot of interest in luxurious wilderness journeys; getting way, way off the beaten track where guests can connect with nature and lives far different from their own whilst still enjoying a touch of luxury.  The reason why is travellers today have come to expect a certain level of comfort and cuisine but need to disengage from hectic lives.  An experience like this, that gives the soul time to revive, is the perfect antidote to the ‘switched on 24 hours’ world we live in."


Rather than sticking in one location more and more holiday makers are looking for trips where a key part of their time is spent travelling.  However, 2019 is anticipated to be all about luxury travel with “an anticipated rise in luxury cruise and train travel” says Catherine Thake from The Luxury Travel Fair.  

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Catherine Thake from The Luxury Travel Fair believes that Japan will be on top of many people’s list in 2019 thanks to the Rugby World Cup, as well as places like Madagascar, Namibia and Costa Rica for those keen to see wildlife and enjoy adventure.  Closer to home, she thinks Slovenia, Puglia in Italy and Finish Lapland will experience a boom.

Meanwhile, Peter Shanks from Silversea Cruises says: “We see 2019 as the year of expeditions – and the top three destinations will be the Galapagos, the Arctic and particularly Antarctica.  Visitors want the chance to experience some of the most remote parts of our planet and many have a growing fascination both with the ice fields and the incredible exploring history of the region.  We anticipate this to be hugely popular in 2019, particularly when combined with a trip to South America.”

Edward Paine, Director of Last Frontiers, specialists in travel to Latin America agrees.  While he identifies Chile and Costa Rica as hugely popular in 2019 thanks to the introduction of non-stop flights (to San Jose and Santiago with British Airways), Edward anticipates the Galapagos and Antarctic cruises to sell very well.  This he credits to the popularity of programmes like My Family in the Galapagos on Channel 4 and David Attenborough’s Blue Planet. 

On the other hand, Malcolm Peasnall, Product Director at The Independent Traveller believes that Canada and South Africa are set to continue to rise in popularity next year.  He says: “In 2018 we have been really busy with Canada and South Africa; both are good value and one works for UK summer and the other for UK winter.  Our best sellers have been train trips across Canada and safari options in South Africa.”

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More and more people are feeling comfortable with travelling alone, no matter their age.  Sara White, Marketing Director at Real World Travel & Conservation says: “In 2018 we have seen an increase in solo travel requests. Some individuals wish to join small group escorted tours while others opt for tailor-made stays favouring camps or lodges with convivial evening dining and optional group activities.  In response to this trend we have seen top end properties offering to waive single supplements in specific seasons for the first few rooms booked.”


Travellers in 2019 are looking for a truly immersive experience.  Sara White at Real World Travel & Conservation says:  “For Real Africa we have seen a swing away from commercial activities like balloon safaris to more enriching behind the scenes conservation visits where guests can walk with an anti-poaching dog squad, hand-feed rare giraffes or visit an elephant rescue, rehabilitation and release project.”

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The Luxury Travel Fair, the event that offers an unrivalled collection of the most immersive and tailor-made, luxury travel experiences on the market, returns to Olympia London Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th November.


Bottle Terrarium Workshop With Forest London

Learn to make a self-sustaining bottle terrarium with Terrarium expert Judith Baehner of Het Groenlab at the gorgeous plant shop, Forest. With passion and knowledge, Judith will explain how to make your own 5 litre bottle garden and teach you the secrets of how to build it, how it works once sealed, and which plants you can use.


Judith is an indoor plant guru, plant architect and botanical author from the Netherlands. She shares her passion for plants in her books, magazine articles, lectures, workshops and buildings. One of her latest books, 'Groen in glas', explains the science behind bottle terrariums, which she will pass on to you during this 2 hour workshop.


You will get to take your bottle terrarium home with you along with an instruction booklet on how to get it started and keep it happy.


Date - Friday 26th October 2018, Time - 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Location - Forest, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4NS. Book here!

LDF 2018: Harman Kardon Citation at V&A with Stunning Installation

Harman Kardon presents its new line of Citation speakers for the first time in the UK as part of “Memory & Light”, a magnificent blend of music and design. The installation, part of the 2018 programme of commissioned projects at the V&A for London Design Festival, has been created by esteemed UK designers / engineers Arup and is inspired by, and features music from, the world’s most performed composer Arvo Pärt.

For more than 65 years, Harman Kardon has been leading audio engineering and design, captivating ears and hearts throughout generations, and the Citation speakers, unveiled at IFA 2018, represents its latest feat. Combining superior sound performance, state-of-the-art voice control and breathtaking design, a selection of Citation speakers will be used in the installation to play four of Arvo Pärt’s most famous pieces including “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Mirror in the Mirror).

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This multi-sensory installation sees the signature industrial design of Harman Kardon sit beautifully in the intimate, 18th Century, Norfolk House Music Room at the world-renowned V&A Museum, a combination that the innovative design concepts of Arup have made possible.


British educated designer, Gianni Teruzzi of Harman Kardon who was lead designer on the Citation Series comments: 

“The entire design team at Harman Kardon is honoured that Citation has been selected to be part of this incredible installation. The mix of contemporary design and traditional materials that we have used in creating Citation mirrors our partners in this project perfectly.”

“Citation was designed with a timeless, effortless aesthetic in mind, a product at ease in any room and we are incredibly excited to see how Arup has integrated the speakers in the installation as part of the world-famous London Design Festival.”

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The Citation Series delivers a dynamic listening experience, with options to use the speakers individually or build a powerful 5.1-channel surround sound system. Its multi-room capabilities allow for the control of amazing sound from any room, either playing from one music source or playing different tracks in different rooms.

The speakers feature the brand’s signature industrial design accented with thoughtful elements, including elegant aluminium detailing. Bringing the refined and sleek look together is the Winter Grey or Classic Black wool fabric from Kvadrat, the European leader in acoustic textiles.

To round out the incredible audio performance and extraordinary design, Citation also features Google Assistant. Streaming the newest or most popular music is now quick and efficient with Google’s intelligent voice-activation. Smart voice control also makes tackling tasks as simple as saying “Hey Google,” to create calendar reminders, generate to-do lists, get the latest forecast, control smart home devices* and more. Commands like “Hey Google, play some jazz” or “Hey Google, dim the lights,” perfectly regulates the ambiance in any room of the home.

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The installation is open to the public from 15-23 September 2018 at the V&A Museum.

VegfestUK - Vegan Extravaganza Returns to London

From dazzling the shores of Brighton and Bristol earlier this year, VegfestUK, one of Europe’s leading Vegan lifestyle festivals, is once again returning to London on October 27th/28th bigger, brighter, and more delicious than ever before.

Already renowned for offering a vast array of health-°©‐centric entertainments, vibrant eco-°©‐friendly stalls and an unsurpassed vegan Food Village, VegfestUK are expanding to a second level of the colossal Kensington Olympia to include a yoga space, a wellness area, Fitness talks and a Chillout music zone.

While shopping through the 275 stalls packed with colourful products, ticket-°©‐holders can indulge in a world of vegan delights, such as Hoisin Jackfruit burgers and Kentucky fried cauliflower wings from Wholesome Junkies, Loaded chip butties with vegan toppings from Chunky Chippy, Noodle salads with lemongrass black bean patties from Eat Chay and inimitable cookies, cakes, muffins and treats from Ms. Cupcake.

Other highlights of the weekend include the Art of Compassion Exhibition, live cookery demos, a cinema, the ever-°©‐popular Vegan Comedy Festival, Kids area and lectures on Health and activism.

VegfestUK Organiser, Alan Lee, says: “We round off every year in the Capital and it never disappoints – VegfestUK has grown to become an important part of the country’s yearly calendar -°©‐ this year will see us bringing more of everything for our dedicated London crowd, and we can’t wait!”

Tickets are available now from https://london.vegfest.co.uk/tickets/

Brompton Design District Temporary Exhibits | London Design Festival 2018

The Brompton Design District programme of temporary exhibits, curated by Jane Withers Studio, will be located within a vacant retail and office block a short distance from the V&A (197 - 205 Brompton Rd), owned by South Kensington Estates. The building includes street-level shops as well as first- and second-floor offices above (3 Yeoman's Row). Other exhibits will occupy spaces on Egerton Garden Mews, Cromwell Place Mews, Thurloe Place, and in the public realm.  

A diverse range of engaging installations, workshops and talks will take place across the district, exploring new material innovations, waste as a resource, as well as studies into our attitude to sustainability and rethinking our throw-away society.

Dirtylab section, credit Evelyn Bencicova

Dirtylab section, credit Evelyn Bencicova

Brompton Design District 2018 Temporary Programme

Crafting Plastics!: Feel Free to Consume

201 Brompton Road, SW3 1LA

Can ecological products be more seductive? How can the consumer be involved in the innovation and product creation? In the installation 'Feel Free to Consume', crafting plastics! studio presents the results of their research in a new generation of bioplastic material. From a material's birth to its decay, from limited edition to mass produced consumer goods, crafting plastics! studio explores new aesthetics and the limits of material, demonstrated in the production process in their dirty lab setup for Brompton. Thanks to their newly developed sustainable material NUATAN(tm) in collaboration with scientists from Slovak University of Technology, crafting plastics! studio challenges negative prejudice around biodegradable materials. 


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Totomoxtle tile wall

Fernando Laposse: Totomoxtle

199 Brompton Road, SW3 1LA

Fernando Laposse will show developments of his Totomoxtle project, a new veneer material for interior surfaces and furniture that harnesses the brilliant spectrum of colour revealed in the husks of native Mexican corn. Besides creating a new sustainable material, the project raises awareness about the rapid loss of the original species of corn in today's globalised world. The project is creating local employment based on this new craft, but also regenerating traditional farming practices in Mexico, providing income for impoverished indigenous farmers and conserving biodiversity for future food security. 


FranklinTill: Guilt-Free?

203 Brompton Road, SW3 1LA

Can design and material innovation enable us to live and consume 'Guilt-free' without compromising our lifestyle choices? The Guilt-Free? space curated by FranklinTill will present a series of immersive and inspirational exhibits exploring if design and material innovation can satisfy our social and environmental conscience, and indeed enable us to live and consume 'Guilt-free'. As well as showcasing new commissioned work, the studio behind Radical Matter and Viewpoint magazine will be hosting design workshops and material salons aiming to provide inspiration and tools to help navigate the complex sustainable agenda and guide towards circular design approaches.


MLH Urban Forager Series Home  by Marianne Wie

MLH Urban Forager Series Home  by Marianne Wie

Michelle Lowe-Holder: The Urban Forager

15a Cromwell Place Mews, SW7 2LA

'The Urban Forager' explores the material story of Nitrous Oxide canisters. Manufactured mostly in Taiwan and Hungary for making whipped cream, these shiny steel capsules containing laughing gas have made their way into club culture and now litter the streets of London creating a huge amount of waste that is currently not recycled. Having collected them for almost three years, Michelle Lowe-Holder presents a mixed media exhibition questioning waste, consumption and materiality. A sculptural installation, film documentary and collaborating photographers and designers present their own visual and design statements on this growing phenomenon across London and the UK. 


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Ma-tt-er Why Materials Matter LDF Credit Roos Meerman Aera Fabrica

Ma-tt-er: Why Materials Matter

1st Floor, 3 Yeoman's Row, SW3 2AL

A reading room will play host to the launch of materials research design studio 

Ma-tt-er's newly published book 'Why Materials Matter'. Furniture, objects and a series of one-of-a-kind bookends by those who have been featured in the publication will captivate the space, which looks towards a future of responsibly-designed environments. Ma-tt-er has created a reciprocal exhibition which encourages lounging and learning, the conversations in their reading room will extend beyond those held by the surrounding material. The book features artists, designers, scientists and chefs, and shows materials through a cross-sector approach and the issues surrounding particular materials - economically, politically, society and environmentally. 


#OneLess: Unlocking London's Refill Revolution through a Design Fellowship

1st Floor, 3 Yeoman's Row, SW3 2AL

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest challenges facing the ocean today. #OneLess will present the work of its Design Fellows, selected to develop and design innovative solutions to help ramp-up London's refill revolution and eliminate plastic bottled water. 


Oparanze Collective: Spolia

2nd Floor, 3 Yeoman's Row, SW3 2AL

Oparanze Collective, an interdisciplinary design co-operative based in Lagos, Nigeria, presents Spolia, a collection of furniture and objects inspired by notions of embodied energy. A practice popularized in ecclesiastical buildings, Spolia, or materials that previously were part of alternative structures, become intrinsic to the form and utility of their new states.  In the words of Erwin Panofsky: "The future is invented out of the past." The exhibit interrogates existing normative concerns and aesthetic assumptions of African design. Furthermore, themes and discourses are explored, developed or indeed challenged via a series of events and talks held at the space.


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Hotel Praha, Sigmar x Okolo, photogaphy by Filip Šlapal

Sigmar x OKOLO: Hotel Praha

1st Floor, 3 Yeoman's Row, SW3 2AL

London-based design gallery Sigmar and Czech creative collective OKOLO showcase original pieces from the emblematic Hotel Praha in Prague, an architectural symbol of late communist rule, which was demolished in 2014. The exhibition will explore the history, architecture, design and art of this masterpiece of socialist hospitality, alongside selected furniture pieces created for the interiors of the hotel and rescued from demolition. The project explores the value of craftsmanship and materials in creating enduring objects, but also the paradox that the extravagant luxury associated with a political elite led to the hotel's demise. http://sigmarlondon.com/ & http://www.okolo.cz/

Skipping Rocks Lab: Ohoo

Skipping Rocks Lab present Ohoo throughout the Brompton Design District from Wednesday to Sunday. Their trolley will have a street presence in and around the district, serving their 'edible water' and algae packaged cocktail bites, a material development intended to reduce single-use plastic and make packaging disappear. http://www.skippingrockslab.com/

Stitch by Stitch: From Rain to Loom

197 Brompton Road, SW3 1LA 

Stitch by Stitch creates handmade textiles made in India and Nepal, and is driven by sustainable practice and preserving the livelihoods of skilled artisans. 'From Rain to Loom' highlights the Khamir Kala Cotton Initiative, which is a reinterpretation of an old craft value chain reconfigured for the modern marketplace. Kala cotton is an ancient, genetically pure, drought resistant species, indigenous to the Kutch region of India, an area famed for its hand weaving. Rain-fed, it is resilient and resurgent in difficult land conditions. This contrasts with more common genetically modified widespread and imported species, which require intensive irrigation, synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.


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Stitch by Stitch From Rain to Loom Brompton Design District Josh van Gelder

V&A Announces Largest Ever Christian Dior Exhibition In The UK

“There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.” Christian Dior

In February 2019, the V&A will open the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior – the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015. Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, to explore the enduring influence of the fashion house.

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955. Courtesy of Christian Dior

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955. Courtesy of Christian Dior

Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the exhibition will be reimagined for the V&A. A brand-new section will, for the first time, explore the designer’s fascination with British culture. Dior admired the grandeur of the great houses and gardens of Britain, as well as British-designed ocean liners, including the Queen Mary. He also had a preference for Savile Row suits. In 1947, he hosted his first UK fashion show at London’s Savoy Hotel, and in 1952 established Christian Dior London. This exhibition will investigate Dior’s creative collaborations with influential British manufacturers, and his most notable British clients, from author Nancy Mitford to ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, generously on loan from the Museum of London. It will also bring to life Dior’s spectacular fashion shows staged in the UK’s most luxurious stately homes, including Blenheim Palace in 1954. 

Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior

Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior

Drawn from the extensive Dior Archives, the exhibition will also showcase highlights from the V&A’s world-class Couture collections, including the iconic Bar Suit, gifted to the museum by the House of Dior in 1960. The exhibition will present over 500 objects, with over 200 rare Haute Couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions. 

The exhibition will highlight Dior’s vision of femininity, encompassing garments, accessories and fragrances. Flowers are emblematic of the Couture House and have inspired silhouettes, embroidery and prints but also the launch of Miss Dior in 1947, the first fragrance created alongside the very first show.

From horticulture to global travel and 18th century decorative arts, the show will reveal the sources of inspiration that defined the House of Dior’s aesthetic. From the daring designs of Yves Saint Laurent to the rational style of Marc Bohan, the flamboyance of Gianfranco Ferré, the exuberance of John Galliano, the minimalism of Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s feminist vision of fashion, the exhibition will show how each successive artistic director has stayed true to Dior’s vision of Haute Couture, while bringing their own creative sensibilities to the House.

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Tim Reeve, Deputy Director and COO of the V&A, said: “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams celebrates one of the most ingenious and iconic designers in fashion history. Reimagining this hugely popular exhibition from Paris – as the largest fashion exhibition the V&A has undertaken since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – will shed new light on Dior’s fascination with Britain. The V&A holds one of the largest and most important fashion collections in the world, and we are delighted to be able to reveal highlights from our outstanding collection alongside those from the remarkable archive of the House of Dior, for this spectacular exhibition.”

Oriole Cullen, Fashion and Textiles Curator at the V&A, said: “In 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion with his ‘New Look’, which redefined the female silhouette and reinvigorated the post-War Parisian fashion industry. The V&A recognised Dior’s important contribution to design history early-on in his career, acquiring his sketches and garments from the 1950s onwards. The influence of Christian Dior’s design was all-pervasive and helped to define an era. In their own individual ways, each of the House’s successive artistic directors have referenced and reinterpreted Dior’s own designs and continued the legacy of the founder, ensuring that the House of Christian Dior is at the forefront of fashion today. More than seventy years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition will celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain.”

Yves Saint Laurent in front of Christian Dior London, 11th November 1958. © Popperfoto, Getty Images

Yves Saint Laurent in front of Christian Dior London, 11th November 1958. © Popperfoto, Getty Images

The exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams runs from 2 February – 14 July 2019 at eh V&A. Tickets will go on sale in Autumn 2018.

Vegan Mediterranean With Chef Katherine Frelon At Borough Market

Chef Katherine Frelon is delighted to announce the third in her ‘Love Your Market’ series of monthly cookery courses, hosted at The Cookhouse in London's infamous Borough Market. This month’s will focus on vegan dishes with Mediterranean influences, from the Amalfi Coast, France, Spain and Morocco. Katherine will demonstrate how to find the finest and freshest ingredients in your local market and incorporate them in to delicious dishes.


As a continuing Demo Chef for Borough Market and having authored her own successful cookbook titled “Shop, Cook, Eat” alongside working in Michelin star kitchens, Katherine brings a wealth of expertise on how to source the best produce for an all-year-round seasonal pantry and will share her vast knowledge on how to ensure you choose the greenest ingredients for the current season.

This course will teach students how to make unique salads, marinades and dressings with a focus on how to select ingredients based on their colour, fragrance and vibrancy. Dishes will include a French Roasted Peach and Beet Salad with Rocket and Hazelnut Dressing, a Moroccan Bakula with Couscous, and a Spanish inspired Baked Red Lentil Falafel Salad. The one day Mediterranean course will be held on Saturday 23rd June, with tickets costing £95. Guests will not only have the opportunity to watch Katherine make the dishes, but assist in the creation of each course and walk around the Market and select the produce from an assortment of award winning traders. 

Credit: Walter Zak

Credit: Walter Zak

Starting at The Cookhouse in Borough Market, Katherine will introduce the day by outlining pantry essentials and the importance of a balanced vegan diet. Katherine will then show guests around the market, lending her insight on what is in season and how to spot prime produce. Following this Katherine will prepare lunch in front of guests along with a selection of vegan wines. In the afternoon guests will have the opportunity to cook alongside Katherine and learn hands on, whilst getting the chance to discuss topics of interest before they enjoy the meal freshly prepared by themselves and Katherine.

Event date Saturday 23rd June, 2018; Time – 9:30am – 16:00pm; Location – The Cookhouse, Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1  Link to book: https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-space/london-bridge/borough-market/plant-based-mediterranean-cookery-class-at-borough-market?t=tickets

In The Diary: Frida Kahlo Exhibition At The V&A

This summer, the V&A will explore how Frida Kahlo (b. 1907), one of the most recognised and significant artists and women of the 20th century, fashioned her identity. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up will be the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story. We will present an unparalleled insight into Kahlo’s life revealing some objects that have never been on show before.

Frida on the bench, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida on the bench, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Working in close collaboration with Museo Frida Kahlo, the V&A will display more than 200 objects from the Blue House. Kahlo’s personal items including outfits, letters, jewellery, cosmetics, medicines and medical corsets were discovered in 2004, 50 years after being sealed in the Blue House by her husband Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist, following her death in 1954. Exploring Kahlo’s highly choreographed appearance and style, these include 22 distinctive colourful Tehuana garments; pre-Columbian necklaces that Frida strung herself; examples of intricately hand painted corsets and prosthetics which will be displayed alongside film and photography of the artist as a visual narrative of her life.

Included in Kahlo’s make-up selection is her eyebrow pencil ‘Ebony,’ still within its original packaging, which she used to emphasise her signature mono brow, a defining feature of her self-portraits and her favourite lipstick, Revlon’s ‘Everything’s Rosy’ and red nail varnish. Her vividly-coloured cosmetics are striking in the celebrated portraits by photographer Nickolas Muray which show her wearing many of the clothes on display.

Revlon compact and powder puff with blusher in ‘Clear Red’ and Revlon lipstick in ‘Everything’s Rosy’; emery boards and eyebrow pencil in ‘Ebony’. Before 1954. Photograph Javier Hinojosa. © Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Museums.

Revlon compact and powder puff with blusher in ‘Clear Red’ and Revlon lipstick in ‘Everything’s Rosy’; emery boards and eyebrow pencil in ‘Ebony’. Before 1954. Photograph Javier Hinojosa. © Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo Museums.

Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A and exhibition co-curator, said: “A countercultural and feminist symbol, this show will offer a powerful insight into how Frida Kahlo constructed her own identity. This show is a rare opportunity for visitors, offering unique access to an archive that has never left Mexico before.”

The exhibition will reimagine Kahlo’s home, the Blue House, located in Coyoacán, on the outskirts of Mexico City, where she was born, lived and died. It will explore her life as a child with her family up to her marriage to Diego Rivera including an album of architectural church photographs by her German father Guillermo Kahlo, early paintings and photographs of Kahlo and Rivera together and with their influential circle of friends including Communist leader Leon Trotsky.

Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Kahlo empowered herself through her art and dress after suffering a devastating near-fatal bus crash at the age of 18, which rendered her bed-bound and immobilised for protracted periods of time. Self-portraiture became the primary focus of her art at this point and she began to paint using a mirror inset into the canopy of her four-poster bed. Much more was understood about Kahlo’s accident after the discovery of the objects in the Blue House. The exhibition will illuminate this story through items such as her medicines and orthopaedic aids. Kahlo possessed many supportive bodices and spine back braces and on display will be some of the corsets that she painted with religious and communist symbolism and tragic imagery relating to her miscarriages.

On display will be garments from her collection: rebozos, a traditional Mexican shawl, huipiles, an embroidered square-cut top, enaguas and holanes, long skirts with flounces, and jewellery ranging from pre-Columbian jade beads to modern silverwork. A highlight will be the resplandor, a lace headdress worn by the women of the matriarchal society from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region in Southern Mexico, paired with a self-portrait of Kahlo wearing it.

Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

FRIDA KAHLO: MAKING HER SELF UP, 16 June - 4 November 2018, £15, concessions available
V&A Members go free. 
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