Tent London 2015 - What's To Come

Whether you’re an architect, an interior designer, or a journalist, design festivals are where you go to find something new, something different, something you can’t find from the comfort of your desk and more often than not those things come from independent designers. Tent London has been championing independent designers, both well known and emerging, since it was founded in 2007. “What we’re interested in showing is good design,” says Tent director and cofounder Jimmy MacDonald. “We don’t care whether that comes from more established or younger designers, as long as the quality is there. That’s what people come to Tent to see – good design and new ideas.”

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Janie Knitted Textiles - Indigo dyed lighting

Showing for the first time at Tent this year is Dome Studio, tipped as this year’s ‘one to watch.’ Dome designers, Tom Whiteway and Jonathan Blayney, will be sharing their fresh take on furniture, presenting their interior Edit Wall Tile range. They will be joined by the ever colourful Primary Grey and selfconfessed ‘woodnerd’ Ted Jefferis of TedWood.]

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TipToe stool, HexTop, TedWood, English Elm, & Brass

Inspired by interactive sensory design is newcomer Emily Skinner with her interior products and wall coverings brand, Evan James Design. Other designers joining Tent with a collection of surface pattern designs will be Emma Richmond and her brand HJEM with a series of nature inspired home accessories and paper goods as will New York based Flavor Paper with a range of handprinted l-wallpaper. Daniel Schofield will be at Tent for his first solo show. His intuitive use of materials has resulted in a tactile range of stools, accessories and lighting. Indian inspired soft furnishings brand Safomasi will be debuting at Tent London, as will Danzo Studio, Mestiz and Mark McClure, all with fresh new ideas to share.

Mountain Cushion by HJEM

Mountain Cushion by HJEM

The Country Pavilions will also be full of independent designers with exciting new work. The London Design Festival’s first Finnish Pavilion, Finnish Form, will comprise work from 18 designers, including Kasper Nyman’s Onda Chair and in its 12th year, 100% Norway will showcase 33 of the country’s strongest independent designers and design studios.

Safomasi Alleppey Collection, Coconut Palm Pickers quilts & cushions

Safomasi Alleppey Collection, Coconut Palm Pickers quilts & cushions

As well as launching the careers of the rising stars, Tent London is where established names come to show their latest work. Sue Pryke (exWedgewood, IKEA and M&S), Louise Wilkinson, MercerMercer and Mr Wingate will all be presenting new collections at this year’s show.

Tea Mr&Mrs by Sue Pryke

Tea Mr&Mrs by Sue Pryke

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Mr Wingate

Tent London 2015 dates 24th September to 27th September.

In The Diary: Such & Such Pop-Up Shop at West Elm

Purveyors of considered homewares and accessories Such & Such are excited to announce their next pop-up shop at West Elm Tottenham Court Road from Monday 3rd - Friday 7th August from 10am-7pm with late night shopping on Thursday!

Following the popularity of their recent pop-up shop in South Kensington, Such & Such have teamed up with West Elm to bring their usually available exclusively online products to central London. 

Here are some of the products to be featured at the West Elm pop-up...

In The Diary: The Tragedy of Landscape Exhibition

The Tragedy of Landscape is a new exhibition curated by Antlers for Griffin Gallery, London.

The exhibition brings together six contemporary artists that re-approach notions of the Romantic Landscape within their practice. The show takes its name from a comment on the work of Caspar David Friedrich by David d’Angers:

“Friedrich! … The only landscape painter so far to succeed in stirring up all the forces of my soul, the painter who has created a new genre: the tragedy of the landscape.”

Anouk Mercier, And the Ruin was Finally Revealed 

Anouk Mercier, And the Ruin was Finally Revealed 

The exhibiting artists share a common interest in the landscape genre and – in their own way – all act to subvert our perceived notions of it. We are invited to look at what lurks behind the idylls that we are presented with and think beyond the anaesthetised, beatified view of the natural world; works that appeal to our notions of beauty will often allude to something more sinister when enquired upon further.

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Wieland Payer, Game, 2014, pastel charcoal on paper on board, 30 x 45 cm

Many of the artists work directly with historical paintings and etchings, reworking them into new imagery in order to play on the fabricated, fictional nature of the original works and promote the fantastical.

Reece Jones, Multiplex

Reece Jones, Multiplex

Others use the Romantic Landscape as a motif – a departure point to re-examine our relationship with the natural world. Seeing their 17th / 18th Century counterparts as the first ecological movement and exploring how this is updated in a world where the idea of the sublime is as easily related to the onslaught of technology, as it is a mountain or waterfall.

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Geoff Diego Litherland, SpaceShipEarth-Accept-what-You-Destroy

Preview: Wednesday 11th February 6-9pm Exhibition Open: 12th February – 13th March 2015 Griffin Gallery, The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ

Handmade In Britain + Heart Home Graduate Show

Handmade in Britain returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall for the 8th year of The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair.

Alongside established and well-known makers the show celebrates new talent, and invites you to meet designers at the very start of their career in the New Graduate Showcase, this year supported by us here at Heart Home magazine. The editors of Heart Home, Arianna & Carole have carefully selected the brightest new talent in fashion and interiors to present their work in a dedicated gallery area in what for many will be their first professional show.

Meet the new graduates representing the next generation in British crafts...

Yufei Liang explores repetition in her geometric lamps and Leah Jensen brings together contrasting materials in her collection of objects and vessels. Charlotte Brocklehurst lovingly mixes traditional techniques to create contemporary objects that are both beautiful and functional and Taz Pollard introduces colour to our homes with her quirky, vibrant ceramics. 

StephieAnn Design exhibit their collection of delicately luxurious lingerie and nightwear and Alexandra Goodrick presents her precious, vintage inspired jewellery collection. Hanny Newton displays her hand embellished bow ties; a modern twist on a classic design, Preanka Patel showcases the bold shapes of her striking jewellery collection and Izzi Rainey presents a collection of bold and textural prints for homewares & interiors

Using wax in a unique approach, Katharina Gross creates intriguing objects and furniture for the home, Sophie Southgate presents her abstract, colourful ceramics and Jane Crisp combines natural materials to reference tradition in her innovative furniture designs

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Jane Crisp

Alexandra Goodrick

Alexandra Goodrick

Charlotte Brokelhurst

Charlotte Brokelhurst

Hanny Newton

Hanny Newton

Izzi Rainey

Izzi Rainey

Leah Jensen

Leah Jensen

Sophie Southgate

Sophie Southgate

Stephanie Ann Woolven

Stephanie Ann Woolven

Taz Pollard

Taz Pollard

Katharina Gross

Katharina Gross

Preanka Patel

Preanka Patel

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Yufei Liang

14th-16th November | Private View: 13th November | Chelsea Old Town Hall, London. Handmade in Britain is offering a 241 ticket offer.

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Wool Week - Campaign For Wool

Wool Week is back from the 6th – 12th October and this year is set to be bigger than ever. 2014 marks The Campaign for Wool’s 5th year and with HRH The Prince of Wales the patron, still very much at the forefront of the campaign, the awareness surrounding wool continues to go from strength to strength. There is a whole host of activity planned to showcase the best wool has to offer across fashion and interiors.

To officially mark the start of Wool Week, The Campaign for Wool will be kicking off with the highly anticipated Wool Ride, taking place on Sunday 5th October. Prepare to be caught up in the frenzy as 300 wool-loving cyclists take over Central London for this one-of-a-kind experience. 

Be prepared for the launch of WOOL COLLECTION INTERIORS which will see a curated edit of over fifty wool interior pieces, including a selection of specially commissioned items. The WOOL COLLECTION will showcase innovative and diverse design highlighting the natural beauty and practical functionality of real wool.

This year, The Campaign for Wool’s brand partners have nominated their favourite wool items from AW14 collections to present a comprehensive view of what’s new and exciting in wool. From high-street to bespoke, the Wool Collection offers fashion lovers an amazing selection of the best coats, knitwear, tailoring and accessories to wear this coming winter.

WOOL COLLECTION; INTERIORS will be exhibited at London’s Southwark Cathedral during Wool Week - open from 5th - 12th October 10am - 7pm daily (8pm on Thursday) Admission is free.

Tent + Super Brands

This September, the Truman Brewery holds a beguiling collection of design labels. Upstairs, there’s all the energy and experimentation that has become the signature message for Tent London, while downstairs, in cool contrast, Super Brands is all serene and assured elegance, the place for big name brands to lure buyers into spending more than they should. A playful and striking stand from leading UK wallpaper brand Graham & Brown should attract plenty of attention, featuring an enormous floral printed roll of paper that covers not just the stand but a Morris Minor too. The company is previewing new collections from Barbara Hulanicki and Marcel Wanders plus an archive collection from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Skins, a collection of realistic animal skin interpretations and Eccentrics, five wallpapers inspired by the architectural heritage of Britain.

Expect to see an array of talented designers exhibiting including Daniel Heath, Galvin Brothers, Lorna Syson, Sian Elin, Zoe Murphy to name just a few.

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Tent London & SuperBrands, 18-21 September.

West Elm LOCAL + Heart Home's 3rd Anniversary

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Heart Home magazine is turning 3 next week so to mark this occasion we have teamed up with West Elm. The shop will be launching  West Elm LOCAL here in London during this year's London Design Festival. It's all about connecting with your local community - that's why West Elm is  partnering with local makers + designers to hand pick locally produced pieces for their London store.

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Expect to see a fabulous range of beautiful products from the following talented designers:  HAMMatt Pugh designMini ModernsJames Ward - Jimbobart + Out Of The Dark.

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Join us on the 16th September from 6pm-10pm to celebrate the launch with the talented makers + designers at the London Store. See you there!

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Designjunction At LDF

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The fourth edition of the critically-acclaimed designjunction returns to the magnificent Sorting Office for its flagship London show. Spanning four enormous floors, the show will present more than 180 brands promoting design, retail and innovation. dj_image_2014

A powerful line-up of leading global brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, more than 25 design-led pop-up shops, large-scale installations, a dedicated lightjunction show, on-site eateries, vibrant flash factories and a leading seminar programme will take over the impressive 120,000 sq ft industrial space.

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Located in the heart of central London, designjunction is London’s leading design destination.

We are offering 2 for 1 tickets for our lovely readers - make sure to enter the promo code when registering: HEART241

Mini Moderns Remix 2 at the Southbank Centre

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This September, Mini Moderns will revisit their REMIX project, celebrating the 2014 London Design Festival with REMIX 2 at Southbank Centre’s Festival Terrace shop. Taking over the top floor of the Festival Terrace shop, Mini Moderns will be launching new Mini Moderns lines from their 2014/15 Hinterland Collection, and hosting a range of talks and guest appearances.

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REMIX 2 focuses on designs that the design duo have created in partnership with Southbank Centre over the past few years – particularly Net and Ball, Concert and Festival. Expect to see new colourways and product lines, including totes, mugs and glassware, plus lampshades based on the Edinburgh Weavers 1951 Sound Curtain fabric, all exclusively available at the Festival Terrace shop during their September residency.

feather2REMIX 2 will again see Mini Moderns curate and commission work by both new and long-standing collaborators of the brand, including Matt Sewell, Rimmington Vian, Galapagos Design and London Kills Me. Latest collaborator, Stumped Studio, has created a unique collection of work using the range of Mini Moderns Environmentally Friendly Paint.

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 REMIX 2 runs throughout September 2014, 1st to 30th with a launch evening on Wednesday 3 September from 6pm.

Design Wallah, Part of Alchemy Festival 2014 at Southbank Centre

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Southbank Centre are celebrating the 5th year of Alchemy, the annual festival showcasing the best of music, dance, literature, comedy, fashion, art and design from the UK and South Asia. Discover international masters alongside emerging talent; folk alongside up-and-coming youth culture; the best in South Asian cuisine and the latest fashions from Pakistan and India. Consider how skills and ideas travel down generations, across continents and different cultures collaborate.

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‘Design Wallah’ is Alchemy's new showcase of South Asian contemporary design, curated by Shake the Dust for Southbank Centre. Celebrating newly emerging and established designers, the curated space in Festival Village includes a pop-up shop featuring  a wide selection of jewellery, interiors, artwork, stationery and gifts for sale.

Designers taking part include Natasha Kumar, Kangan Arora, Safomasi and Lokesh Karekar.

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Also featured in the pop-up shop and design showcase are Sroop Sunar, Tanvi Kant, Josie Shenoy, Meera Sethi, Piccadelhi,  Joli India, Stitch by Stitch, Plum Chutney and many more. In addition to this there will also be a chance at weekends to exercise your own creativity with a series of kite & printmaking workshops. To check availability and to book your place check online at southbankcentre.co.uk

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Design Wallah at Southbank Centre’s Festival Village under the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 15 - Monday 26 May 2014, Free Entry, 12 noon - 10.30pm.

Sarah Hamilton Open House with Mini Moderns and Paul Craig

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As part of the Dulwich Festival this year, Sarah Hamilton is throwing open her doors and has invited Mini Moderns and Paul Craig to exhibit their work alongside her own exquisite wares. Sarah Hamilton open house as part of the Dulwich Festival 2014

Sarah will be showing artwork, mirrors, cards, woodblocks and mugs and a small range of her own pencil drawings which she admits are closest to her heart. She  says they represent her journey as an artist and are the basis of all her designs. Last year the pencil drawings sold out at Open House, so go early if you want one!

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Paul Craig is by day an interiors photographer (he has photographed many homes for Heart Home and we rate him highly!), he also travels widely and will be exhibiting a breathtaking range of landscape and cityscape photographs from USA, Australia and London.

Mini Moderns showing at Sarah Hamilton open house as part of the Dulwich Festival 2014

Mini Moderns have long been a favourite of ours (in fact we photographed their home for one of our early issues) and their fabulous range of Homewares is in perfect keeping with Sarah's Mid-Century home, where you'll be able to see their wallpaper in situ amongst all of their other products.

There will also be cake.

Sarah Hamilton Open House 10th and 11th May 2014

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Handmade In Britain: Our Top Picks

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This year Heart Home magazine is thrilled to be supporting Handmade in Britain's first Spring event. The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair is about appreciating British craftsmanship which is something that we strongly believe in. Being passionate about helping designers and constantly on the look out for new British talent, we have chosen our top picks from the show.

The talent this year is phenomenal, and all the exhibitors are doing a fantastic job.  Our favourite picks are purely based on originality and unique designs and what really stood out for us.

Here is our selection:

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Handmade in Britain 14: Spring Edition, The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair - 9th - 11th May 2014, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.

Tickets available to buy here.

The Handmade Fair presented by Kirstie Allsopp

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Kirstie Allsopp launches The Handmade Fair, which will take place in the beautiful historic park of Hampton Court Palace from 19th to 21st September 2014.

Having spearheaded Britain's craft revolution for the last 5 years, Kirstie Allsopp has gathered together the best experts in the land to create a learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products, making The Handmade Fair the first and only event to put making AND learning at the heart of the show.

This fantastic day out will give every visitor the opportunity to make something in one of our craft workshops, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the Super Theatre, enjoy great food in the palace gardens, and buy beautiful products from handpicked sellers.

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"My hope is for The Handmade Fair to be a gathering of all the wonderful people I have had the huge privilege of working with over the years and many more. I want it to be a place where everyone can come to learn, be inspired and meet kindred spirits." Kirstie Allsopp

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What's more exciting is that the team have  have decided to go for a Guinness World Record at the event. The plan is to break the record for the number of pompoms laid end to end. We all know how much Kirstie loves her pompoms but she can’t possibly make them all herself. So she is calling on the great British public to help her achieve #worldpomination. Simply make 3 pompoms, tie them together and attach your name, then drop it off at your local Hobbycraft store or bring them to the Fair this September. Hobbycraft stores across the country will also be holding pomination workshops during half term and the summer holidays for children to join in the fun.

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Make sure to get your Handmade Fair ticket in a secret pre-sale now which ends Wednesday 30th April! Simply sign up here.

After tickets will be available to buy at www.thehandmadefair.com from 5th June and will cost £29. This includes entry to the event, a workshop, participation in a grand make and a chance to hear an amazing speaker of your choice. There are a limited number of VIP tickets at £95 which additionally include afternoon tea with Kirstie and fellow VIP guests, access to the VIP lounge, a glass of Champagne and an exclusive gift bag worth £40.

The Decorcafe Decorfest

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Heart Home magazine is excited to be taking part at the Decorcafe Decorfest. Decorfest is all about inspiring and helping people to create a more personal home which is what Heart Home is all about. Come and join us on Sunday 23rd March from 10am - 4pm for an exciting day which includes:

  • Meeting more than 65 original exhibitors each with their own unique stand enabling you to focus on the areas of most interest to you or to just browse novel ideas
  • Demonstrations and activities throughout the day from how to paint furniture, use the patterned paint roller to flower arranging and lampshade making
  • Questions and answer sessions with our experts: garden, interiors, lighting, colour
  • Complimentary talks in the reading room.
  • Shopping for individual products to personalise your home and garden (fabric, cushions, lighting, ceramics, furniture, wallpaper,  flowers and much much more…)
  • Drop-off workshops for children from 5 – 12 years (booking in advance is essential as children’s activities are limited)
  • Delicious food and refreshments
  • Music

Myself and Carole King will also be giving a talk at 2.30pm on how we went about creating Heart Home magazine - do join us if you can.

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Sunday 23rd March 2014, King's College School, Wimbledon, SW19 4TT. Earlybird tickets £5 online, £10 on the door.

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Introducing the New Designers at Home

Next year Heart Home magazine joins forces with Home London as we will be showcasing a selected group of UK only small brands that need a little extra help in promoting their products. A month ago we launched the search and have received numerous entries; a big thank you to all. We have chosen our top ten on the basis of originality, fun and what we feel best meets our aesthetic. So without further ado here are our designers:

Kirath Ghundoo

Kirath Ghundoo is a surface pattern and wallpaper designer based in County Durham. She is renowned for her geometric wallpaper designs which are  instantly recognisable from the enticing blocks of colour and which add a bold statement to any interior space.

Jewel, Ash & Sombre wallpaper by Kirath Ghundoo

Anna Dent Studio

Anna is a London-based pattern designer and illustrator, with her own collection of homeware, including tea-towels, coasters, tablemats, prints, cards and mugs.

Teatowels by Anna Dent

CoucouManou

CoucouManou Furniture & Interiors has been created by its Bath based founder Nell Beale, to offer beautiful and original furniture and homewares.

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Holly Francesca

Holly Francesca creates iconic illustrations using paper cuts and original hand drawings to create colourful, bold silhouettes to form art prints and greeting cards. All of her designs are centered on iconic places, attractions and collections, such as the A to Z of London through to a map of the world wonders.

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Claire Murray Designs

Claire is an independent surface pattern designer, artist and lover of beautiful interiors. She has just launched her first wallpaper designs.

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ByKirsty

At the heart of byKirsty is the signature lighting range - Sphery. With its clean-cut lines and sublime shadows, Sphery sits on the cusp between lighting and sculpture, with a nod to the Scandinavian and Mid-century styling.

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Melissa Smith Textiles

Melissa Smith is a designer-maker from Birmingham, starting out with an idea for creative home wares with quirky designs. In early 2012 tshe launched her creative business with an eco friendly heart.

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Homeslice Design

Home Slice Design is the creative partnership of illustrator Steph Parr and product designer Ellie Gregory who set up Home Slice Design over a shared passion for crumpets, forgotten high streets and caravanning holidays.

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Quirk & Rescue

Quirk & Rescue are an East London design duo specialising in wallpaper,cushions and textile designs. All  designs are original, based on elements as diverse as typography, music and 19th century optical illusions. Their signature style is bold colours combined with flat graphics, resulting in a range of products that are both classic and modern.

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Caslon&Co

Caslon&Co bring character and charm to the home through a collection of vintage inspired repeating patterns which are created using antique wooden printing blocks known as ornaments and fleurons.

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The Good Gifts Catalogue

I felt extremely honoured last week to attend an event at the House of Commons to celebrate The Charities Advisory Trust, and the five initiatives that the lovely ladies at Rumour PR work with:  Knit for PeaceThe Good Gifts CatalogueCard AidThe Green Hotel and Peace Oil.  The main purpose of the event was to highlight the good work that all these initiatives do, and to suggest alternative gifts for weddings and birthdays and of course Christmas, plus it was a great opportunity to visit one of the UK’s most iconic buildings. knit for peace

Knit for Peace support and start knitting groups in Schools, Universities, Community Groups and Prisons. These groups are usually in areas of deprivation that benefit greatly from having a regular community activity for everyone to join in.  They also distribute knitted items to those in need. The vast majority of these items are donated by kind, generous and talented knitters around the country.

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The Good Gifts Catalogue  was born 10 years ago, and is a refreshing alternative to conventional unwanted presents.  They are guided by 2 commitments: first, that every Good Gift is always wanted.  And second when you buy a Good Gift, your money buys the actual gift.  So, if you would like to give a more thoughtful gift and help a charity at the same time I urge you to have a look at the website.

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Card Aid  shops were developed to provide an outlet for charities to sell their Christmas cards to a wider public. There are now about 30 Card Aid shops selling charity Christmas cards on behalf of over 200 charities and they are now available online too.

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The Green Hotel has been set up as a model of sustainable tourism, by a UK charity. All profits are distributed to charitable and environmental projects in India.  It's situated in Mysore, the charming town immortalised by RK Narayan in his Malgudi novels and provides an excellent base from which to tour South India. The Western Ghats, the coffee plantations of Coorg, the game reserves of the Nilgris and the Ooty hill station are all within a few hours drive.

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Peace Oil is produced in Israel by Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin working together. Grown in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains, the olives are pressed within hours of picking, to produce this prize winning extra virgin olive oil.  An initiative of registered UK charity the Charities Advisory Trust, Peace Oil encourages co-operation between communities. By helping to market their produce it hopes to bring economic prosperity to such enterprises, encouraging others to follow their example.

 

Decorex Preview: Fine Cell Work

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the amazing work carried out by prison charity Fine Cell Work.  The social enterprise, which employs prisoners to create top quality needlework items, is having an extraordinary year.  This month sees the launch of its first pop-up shop in Chelsea, and it has been nominated Decorex's official charity this year. Cushions designed by Daisy de Villeneuve, £45 each

It started with a simple concept - give prisoners paid work which fills their time productively, and enables them to save a nest egg for their release.  This was Lady Ann Tree's vision in the 1960s, which led to the birth of the needlework charity.

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As unlikely as it may sound, today around 400 prisoners, 95% of the men, spend 20-40 hours a week embroidering in their cells.  The prisoners are given needlework classes by Fine Cell Work.  All the classes are over-subscribed.  The work gives the prisoners purpose, dignity, new skills and independence.  The embroidery work is mostly turned into cushions, quilts, rugs and other soft furnishings.  The prisoners earn 37% of the proceeds of sales of the products, which are bought by some of the big names in interior design such as William Yeoward and Nina Campbell.

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Decorex sees the launch of a brightly coloured new pineapple cushion, in two colour ways.  Fine Cell Work are also making bespoke cushions for the lucky Decorex Awards winners.  During the show, an ex-prisoner will give a talk about his experience in prison and the benefits of working with the charity.  There will also be tutorials in embroidery on the Fine Cell Work stand.

I started out with nothin', designed by Amy Gadney, £65

Fine Cell Work recently opened its first pop-up shop on Chelsea's Kings Road.  Celebrated designers such as Nicky Haslam, Cath Kidston, Karen Nicol and Daisy de Villeneuve have donated special designs for the inmates to stitch.  You can also order bespoke upholstery and even take your unfinished needlework projects into the shop to be finished by a Fine Cell Work artisan!

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Decorex runs from 22-25 September at Perks Field and The Orangery, Kensington Palace.  Visit the Fine Cell Work pop-up shop at 54 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX, open from 10-7pm.

 

 

Save The Date: Pretty Dandy Flea Market

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Online creative interiors boutique Pretty Dandy is hosting a fabulous flea market at the Vintage Warehouse in Nottingham on the 5th October.
The Pretty Dandy Flea is a vintage and handmade interiors market where people can pick up something different for their home. With stalls covering linocuts, mid-century inspired ceramics, handmade vintage fabric lampshades and more, visitors will certainly be spoilt for choice!
The event is taking place in an old converted warehouse in the creative quarter of Nottingham and will also include craft workshops, live DJs, artisan food stalls and a pop-up cafe. Definitely one for the diary!
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More info available here: www.prettydandy.co.uk/events.

Designer Profile: Room39

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"Room39 was born out of a personal desire to bring to market a more 'democratic' design that would appeal to men and women alike, regardless of age."  Petra Green launched Room39 in 2010 with the vision to create playful, modern environments, with a ‘twist on tradition’ and a penchant for trompe d’oeil effects.  Central to Room39 ethos is to support like-minded designers and crafts people, working as far as possible in a sustainable way and marrying craft techniques and modern technology. All of Room39 products are manufactured in UK and the EU.

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Room39 will be exhibiting at Tent London, 19-22 September.