London Design Festival highlights - coming soon

Monday, 26 September 2016

The London Design Festival has just come to a close and I’m in need of a serious spa day. In the last 8 days I have attended 37 events and worn out a pair of trainers stomping across London. It’s all been in the name of design and I hope you’ve been following along on instagram to see the action as it was happening. In the coming blog posts I’ll be sharing my top picks of the events and shows I visited across London.

Below when I met Mathieu Lehanneur at his wonderful V&A Installation Liquid Marble.

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Food revolution starts in the Kitchen with Grundig

Friday, 16 September 2016

Earlier this month I attended Europe’s biggest consumer electronics fair, IFA in Berlin with Grundig to see chef Massimo Bottura of the Michelin three-starred restaurant Osteria Franciscan. He is the current title holder of the No.1 Restaurant in the World.  It was  whistle stop trip - I was literally there for 24 hours before flying to Paris but it was a rewarding insight into the future of the modern kitchen. 
IFA is a serious mega show with 158,000 square meters of exhibition space and nearly 2000 exhibitors. It was almost entirely a sea of men in suits, very different from the usual exhibitions I attend. Manufacturers from across the globe attend to showcase the concepts and products that will define the future of home appliances and consumer electronics. The 2016 edition featured appliances intended to make homes smarter, healthier, more sustainable and better connected. 


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Last September I spent a fantastic long weekend at the Good Life Experience which was so filled with music, food and a whole heap of fun things to discover and do.  The countdown is in earnest to this years Goodlife Experience and I have 2 adult tickets and 1 child camping tickets to giveaway.
Last year the three of us (and the dog!) got super excited as the weekend approached and when we actually got there it was better than we imagines. My three year old was over the moon with the vintage fairground, the children’s cafe (run only by children) and sleeping in a tent in a field.  I also discovered he was rather partial to a bit of Cuban music, the wonderful Revolucionarios Cubanos.

There are workshops on everything from fire-building to whittling, camp fire cooking to foraging.  My husband signed up to a whittling workshop and several hours later appeared with a beautiful handcrafted spoon – said spoon has since been on a 6 month tandem bike adventure in South America with our friends (see here). Between the great talks and the great music, including the Saturday night headliners Public Service Broadcasting, there was just so much to do and participate in but at a rather leisurely pace.
I’m sad to say we can’t make it back this year due to work commitments but I highly recommend this lovely festival- perfect for families and a lovely way to extend your Summer vibes. So I have a wonderful competition to win 2 adult tickets and 1 child (under 11) camping tickets. The Goodlife Experience is held at the Hawarden Estate in Flintshire on 16-18 September.  Did I mention that they welcome dogs?
To win tickets to the The Good Life Experience – including all the fun stuff above and more – all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog, telling me what your camping essentials are. You can also enter the competition on Instagram with a comment and follow. Simple, right!?

The competition ends at midnight on Friday 9th September. The winner will be announced both on the blog and instagram.  Good luck!

Competition details
  • The prize is 2 x adult and 1x child (under 11) tickets plus camping pitch for The Good Life Experience.
  • I also have a ticket for a campervan/caravan parking if needed
  • The festival is on the 18th – 19th – 20th of September 2015 Hawarden Estate in Flintshire just inside North Wales. For further details about The Good Life Experience, and all the great stuff that is happening, have a look at their site
  • The competition is open from today until Friday the 9h of September 2016 at 11.59pm
  • Please don’t forget to leave your instagram details at the end of your comment
  • Tickets will be posted by next day recorded delivery.

Please Note - This is NOT a sponsored or paid post.

All images by Mary Middleton apart from image 3 by NenadObradovic

September Fairs & Events

Monday, 29 August 2016

Hard to believe how fast summer has flown by once again, but Autumn is on its way.  I’ve had a lovely July and August spending time in France with family and friends and now that back to school feeling is settling in. Can you actually believe its September this week?

September however is shaping up to be a busy month, in fact a VERY busy month. The beginning of the month sees my little one turn four – wow that’s happening fast – and we have a fun party planned to celebrate. However before I even get to that I’ll be heading out to Berlin to the IFA the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances.  As always September sees me back to Paris for Paris DesignWeek and Maison & Objet. Then hot on the heels of Paris Design week is London Design Biennale closely followed by the London Design festival (see dates below).  Plus somewhere in the middle of that I am running a mini festival in Brighton. I think I might need to lie down for the whole of October at this rate!

If you haven’t yet got your pre-registrations in for the fairs and events that happen as part of the London Design festival I recommend you take a look at my handy dates summary and plan which ones you can not afford to miss.  

I’m also delighted to have been nominated again for an Amara Interior Blog award, in the ‘interior designer or stylist’ category. I'm up against some incredible blogs and I am speechless to be in such illustrious company. I would be so honoured and ever so grateful if you would take a moment to vote for me.
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Australian mid century modern - Grant Featherston

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

As I think is quite clear I have a rather large soft spot for mid century modern both in architecture and furniture.  And while I think I know a fair bit about the designers and architects who are iconic from this period I’ve recently come across a designer who was producing wonderful pieces in Australia that I had never heard of before. Please let me introduce Grant Featherston.

Grant Featherston (1922-1995) was a self-taught designer based in Melbourne who after serving in the war produced a series of chairs.  In 1951 his iconic plywood shell Contour chairs were put into production and in 1956 he opened the Featherston Contract Interiors furniture.  

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