Design Tourist - Rome

Friday, 2 December 2016

I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel frequently and still my travel bucket list seems to grow. This year I undertook the #take12trips challenge which has been a wonderful opportunity to see glorious things and reconnect with inspiring places and people. At the end of October I traveled to Rome with my husband - our first weekend away together alone since our son was born 4 years ago. It's a destination that's been on my wish list for quite some time and at last I've been. In fact the City in its entire ancient marvel dazzled me so much that I've already booked a return visit.  

Rome whilst ancient in many parts is quintessentially about design. For more than 1000 years it was the heart of the ancient world, the capital city of the most powerful empire on the planet. It continued the legacy of Ancient Greece but the Romans wanted their art and architecture to be useful as well as beautiful - could this possibly even be the birthplace of form and function? 

Instagram - My favourite makers to follow

Thursday, 27 October 2016

I’ve pledged over the next couple of months to share the people I follow on Instagram that I think are worth following. It’s all very subjective but as a visual learner and a modern day follower of Aestheticism I hope you'll like what I share. Instagram's following shows no sign of slowing with over 500 million users up from 300 million users in January 2015. Did you know that 95million pictures and videos are uploaded everyday? Mind boggling really.

Instagram is great platform for creatives and makers showcasing their amazing talent to world. Some makers have particularly embraced the visual media and worked hard on styling and lighting making their feeds a must to follow.  So I'm sharing my favourite makers who you can’t fail to agree post beautiful images. 

London Design Festival - Decorex Highlights

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Decorex was the first interiors trade shows that I ever went to way back in the late 1990’s, so it has a special significance for me. However deep in my heart every year I hope that Decorex will move back to Chelsea or at least central London. It’s current home in Syon Park has been a small bugbear for me for some years now – Why? Because coming from Brighton is a nightmare by public transport and equally hellish by car.  Saying all that though I do come every year and usually find something new that makes up for the journey length and frustration.

This year there was plenty of choice of products to view from the 400+ exhibitors. It has always been the design show of choice for interior designers and decorators partly because the items on display in the most part are high end fabric, furniture and other decorative finishes. In recent years though there has been a growing number of younger and more contemporary companies showcasing their wares.  Future Heritage is my particular favourite sections curated by Corrine Julius, it highlights a small group of crafts people producing bespoke contemporary work in furniture design, glass, textiles, ceramics and lighting. The jesmonite work of Phil Cuttance particularly caught my eye.

London Design Festival - Designjunction highlights

Thursday, 13 October 2016

There are 5 destination shows during LDF and they always make my “selection” when I’m scheduling the craziness that is London design Festival. Being an interiors and design blogger, getting to the shows is hugely important for me as it’s a chance to see new emerging talent and also the wonderful creative UK design scene which always includes some wonderful new product launches.

Designjunction had a new home this year at Kings Cross and boy it didn’t disappoint. It was set in four venues in close proximity to Granary Square.  Cubitt House a fantastic temporary structure of 4000 cubes designed by Satellite Architects, The Canopy, The Crossing and Granary Square itself. Like most visitors I arrived on Granary Square and was immediately taken with the installation of temporary “monopoly” houses - each sharing a different design experience. The three that stood out for me were Dombracht water inspired, Dyslexic Design and Four23 with their playful and interactive installation. With more than 200 design brands being showcased I wasn’t able to dedicate the time to the show that I would have liked - - - I will repeat this for practically everything at LDF! But never the less there were some gems and some wonderful styling to be seen.

London Design Festival highlights - installations

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The curtain has now closed on London Design Festival for 2016. London certainly pulled out all the stops to showcase its talented citizens and remarkable ability to bring together talent from across the globe.  It’s a creative city at the best of times but during the festival it really comes to life through the various design districts and landmark projects.  Anyone with an interest in design should try to make it part of their calendar of events and exhibitions. Where it gets tricky is deciding what is going to make your selection out of the 400+ events, talks, workshops and installations. I had a chock-a-block schedule and I didn’t even see 10% of the possibilities and it wasn’t just me running from one place to another in a desperate bid to fit it all in.

A major feature of the Festival each year is the ambitious programme of special projects and installations centred at the Victoria & Albert Museum the Festival’s official hub. The series of installations were totally arresting and were accompanied by some truly splendid talks.
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