Clerkenwell Design Week whistle stop tour

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Yesterday was the start of the 2017 Clerkenwell Design Week, which is in fact 3 days... but don't let that stop you from attending. As they say in their own literature it’s a jam-packed design jamboree and they are not wrong. I started out the morning joining the official press event, which included a tour of the major stops and installations. With over 90 showrooms taking part and 7 temporary exhibition spaces plus a series of commissioned installations, this 8th edition of Clerkenwell Design week has a lot to offer. Following on from last years improvements signage and routes are incredibly well laid having been designed by specialist way-finding design agency Space Agency so that you don't get lost in the warren-like streets of the City fringes.
Hakwood installation, geometric wood, design blogger
So what caught my attention from my crisscross tour across Clerkenwell yesterday?

#Take12trips: Next stop OSLO

Monday, 22 May 2017

I’m barely back from a wonderful weekend trip with my family in London and we’re all off to Oslo. It a city that been on my travel list for a while and yet keeps getting bumped to next year. Well, it’s finally happening at the end of the month, it's my next #take12trips stop so make sure to stay tuned on Instagram while I am there for the bank holiday weekend. 
Visit Oslo, Opera House, Visit Norway
VisitOSLO/Sabine Zoller
Everything I read about Oslo says it's expensive, but then so is London. I’ll be intrigued to see what this is like in reality.  I’m used to expensive coffee everywhere except in Italy. The hotel I have booked for the 3 of us in a family room was pretty good value via Booking.com and our flights were a bargain (under £100 each) with Norwegian Air, but then I booked them more than 6 months in advance.

Why you should try a city break as a family holiday

Thursday, 11 May 2017

What makes a good family holiday for you? It’s different for everyone obviously, but I find the need to be outside of our usual routines such an overwhelming pull. Getting out of the Groundhog Day familiar of school runs, commuting, juggling chores, work commitments and life in general. My lovely DH commutes daily to London and has scant time with our son in the week. And as many of you will know I have a rather advanced wanderlust addiction, so coupled together it’s a driving force for a family holiday.
Back at the end of 2015, my Mum died not long before Christmas.  Christmas is obviously so associated with family and the realisation that life is infinitely precious but can change at the drop of a hat was the impetuous to make 2016 a year all about travel.  Using the #take12trips challenge as my stake in the sand we set off to explore - Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Singapore..... My travel fixation hasn’t waned and this year we’ve already undertaken some fairly spectacular trips.

Milan Design Week - Brera - Part 1

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Milan Design Week as always was an epic chaotic adventure with lots of unplanned stops and last minute change of plans.  It’s, without a doubt, the biggest design festival on the planet and hoards of design lovers descend to partake in the spectacle. Meaning the city is busy busy busy and occasionally you have to put up with some pretty snobby design cognoscenti trying to make you feel inferior. It’s ok though, as every level of design is represented at MDW - from IKEA to Tokujin Yoshioka to Jamie Hayón. Over on Instagram, I have been spamming my account with all the beautiful design I’ve seen and amazing spaces I have experienced. There is far too much to share in one post so I’m going to share over a series. Stay with me, you’ll enjoy it I promise.

On the Milan Design Week trail

Thursday, 30 March 2017

It's that time of year again when Milan Design Week is about to fill up your social media channels. While Scandinavian interiors have been ruling the décor scene at the majority of the Europe design shows could their crown be toppled in Milan? Milan always brings the unexpected and usually a fair bit of bonkers.

Seen as the pinnacle of the design calendar in a city-wide festival Milan Design Week is a force to be reckoned with. With thousands of events, hundreds of parties and more installations than you can count, I am guaranteed to do an awful lot of walking and a helluva lot of talking. I am super excited though to be going and can't wait to get there. I'll be covering the show for other people too so keep an eye on their social channels as well as my Instagram. You'll spot me on Modenus, The Editor at Large and Interior Design Magazine.

It's a loose kind of schedule (of sorts) as I've been too busy to drill down to the nitty gritty this year. Thank God for the Camron PR briefing at BB Italia this week as it gave me a steer to start with. So before I'm even boots on the ground, what's taking my fancy to see in person? 

It goes without saying that I'll be at Salone del Mobile. This year the focus will be Euroluce - the lighting exhibition and I have plenty of work covering that. Plus as you know I'm addicted to lighting (and chairs, and wallpaper...) so I'm very excited about it. I'll also be stopping by the Salone Satelite exhibition which is the springboard for young designers. This is its 20th year and the curating is sure to be en pointe. 
The brand new space of Ventura Centrale is going to be a definite stop for me. Looking forward to seeing the new venue and also some of the exhibitors like Lee Broom and Salviati & Luca Nichetto installation. It's Lee Broom's 10th anniversary and I'm sure will be an absolute must visit in Milan.

I'll be attending the press breakfast at Multiplex by Tom Dixon and looking forward to seeing my friend Emily Johnson of 1882Ltd who is showing there. The building itself is a show stopper so bound to take up much space in my instagram feed. 

I enjoyed last years Caesaestone installation and this years is by legendary designer Jaime Hayon. I'm hoping that the Stone Age installation at Palazzo Serbelloni will be as playful as Hayon's other designs.

Dimore Studio, Nilufar gallery, Superdesign, Moooi, Mini Living, Tokujin Yoshioka, Tortona district, Brera district, and hopefully 5vie district too are all "targets" of mine. How many of them I actually achieve all depends on time (and energy, although coffee will help) and not being tempted into other beautiful spaces along the way.

No trip to Milan though, is complete without a stop in at Milanese Design power broker Rossana Orlandi's Gallery.  Orlandi is a cult figure in Milan for championing young designers and having the most eclectic sprawling gallery space of connecting rooms. The courtyard cafe is always a welcome relief too. 

So please stick around for the journey and follow along on my Instagram account - lets see what I manage to find and what I fall in love with.
 

 
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