Preview of London Design Festival – Part One

by on September 11, 2011
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'Through the Keyhole' Fornasetti vase collection, from Milk.

Get ready for the most important month in the design calendar with part 1 of our guide to what’s hot at London Design Festival.

London Design Festival means only one thing; hundreds of fabulous and anticipated events all squeezed into nine days celebrating the wonder of design and contemporary treats. So before you start pounding the streets of the capital, make sure you’ve read our guide to the must-see events.

Through the keyhole at Milk – Fornasetti vase collection 2011

Milk invites anybody with a taste for style to their journey through the timeless and quirky work of Fornasetti. The new launch of limited edition vases by Barnada Fornasetti are an array of textures and feature the distinctive imagery of Fornasetti, If you’re expecting traditional vases, think again – these pieces are works of art in their own right.

Milk Concept Boutique, The Clerk’s House 118 ½ Shoreditch High Street E1, until 25th September.

British-ish

Explore the work of Giles Deacon and work from upcoming future designers as recent graduates from the University of the Arts London showcase their distinctive designs. This is what’s great about British design today so make sure you pay a visit to show your support.

The V&A, Galleries 118-125 British Galleries level 4 Cromwell Road SW7, Until 25th September.

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City Park in Dark Chocolate, from Flavor Paper, £94 a roll.

Habitat

One of the most iconic home furnishing companies, Habitat has been supplying the demand for a stylish home since 1964, when the godfather of design, Sir Terence Conran started showing us Brits how to be stylish in the home. Habitat will be displaying their Best of British designs within their iconic Tottenham Court Road store.

Habitat, 196-199 Tottenham Court Road W1T, Until 25th September.

“Love’in” stitch workshop with Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work show that needlework isn’t just for the over 80’s with their edgy Love, Hate, Life collection of embroidery made by UK prisoners.

Have a go at your own piece of work by making a ‘love’ inspired pin cushion, whilst being mentored by an ex offender demonstrating the intricate skill of embroidery.

Tom Dixon Shop, Wharf Building Portobello Dock 344 Ladbroke Grove W10, Until 25th September.

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Karen Nicol 'Love Tattoo' cushion, from Fine Cell Work, £125.

Crest Living Mad Hatters tea party

Crest will be showcasing new, exciting and thought-provoking designs from Thonet including pieces by designer Claudio Bellini. Crest will also be featuring a few surprise products from top manufacturers, so keep your eyes peeled and make sure you see them first. Even if you can’t attend the tea party, pop in to the Crest Living store as they’re open 7 days a week.

Crest Living, Downstairs at Few and Fair 242 Brompton Road SW3, Until 20th September.

Flavor Paper

TENT London is one of the hottest events in the calendar. If you’re looking for a variety of wallpaper ideas to decorate your home, Flavor Paper are displaying plenty of hand screened and digital wallpapers in their Flavor booth for the first time ever in the UK so take a look for some creative ideas.

Flavor Paper, Tent London Old Truman Brewery Brick Lane E1, Until 25th September.

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About Sarah Green

Sarah Green Sarah is a Features Writer and intern at furnish.co.uk. She graduated with an BA(Hons) in Fashion and Culture Journalism in 2011 and loves everything shabby chic and glamourous for the home.