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Time out

I know I have not been the most productive blogger of late, and it is because I have been somewhat tied up with my new street food project, converting and setting up a vintage dumpling and salad truck. The van, a 1948 Ford pickup, is almost finished, and we will trade in weekdays on Leather […]

The Blackout Studio

My friend Emma’s brother Tom Lakeman, who aptly writes a blog called EMMASBROTHER and runs conceptual still life platform The Blackout Studio, creates breathtaking art from small, humble and inspired beginnings: the good old fashioned gobstopper. I always thought they were pretty cool as sweets go, but I never knew they could look so good: […]

Outline Editions Christmas extravaganza

Kristjana S Williams From November 26th to December 24th, graphic print hub extraordinaire Outline Editions will be selling some of their funnest and finest prints by an eclectic range of artists in a pop-up shop on Berwick Street. With works by Anthony Burrill, Noma Bar, Kate Moross, James Joyce, Klaus Haapaniemi and Patrick Thomas,  and […]

How To Spend It: on reclaimed furniture and ethical homewares

My two latest posts have gone up on HowToSpendIt.com’s Haute Seat. The first is about ethically aware e-commerce interiors sites, including Nkuku.com and Jali designs, where you can buy artisanal goods witha clean and happy conscience. The second highlights my top reclaimed furniture retailers in the UK and beyond – bold, industrial statement pieces that […]

A nice idea

I saw this on holiday in Italy and thought it was a lovely, simple idea – as the best things often are.  

Handmade in Britain 2011

On the weekend I went along to the 2011 Handmade in Britain expo at London’s Chelsea Town Hall. I am ashamed to have only written it up now but time seems to have slipped away. Organised by fashion and home accessories designer Piyush Suri, the fair started in 2007 with the aim of bringing together […]

Original finds from Original House

German industrial trolleys, £210 Last week I went for supper at my friends’ house where I spotted a beautiful, robust and wonderfully worn out coffee table which was in fact just an old crate on wheels. But it was so solid and old and weathered, I couldn’t stop looking at it. I wondered all the […]

Blue animals by Bitossi

As former director of iconic ceramcicists Bitossi, Aldo Londi designed these lovable Rimini Blu animals in the 1950s. They caught my eye the other day and my heart skipped a beat for each and every one – and there are over a dozen. With their dreamy blue hues and intricate textures they are hard not […]

Guest post: Zoe rounds up the best little vases from the Origin craft fair

Design-fan-about-town Zoe extols the wistful virtues of a teeny tiny vase for autumn. Shan Annabelle Valla Two weekends ago, enjoyng the last of the summer, I visited the contemporary craft fair Origin in London’s Spitilfields market. I was delighted, more than anything, by some little vases made especially for single flowers. Out of nowhere I was […]

Autumn at Burford

Last week I passed by Burford garden centre in Oxfordshire and couldn’t resist stopping for a quick coffee and retail runaround. I have only ever been there briefly, running in and out on busy Saturday mornings for compost with my sister who lives nearby, so I relished the chance to wander round in peace and […]