The Recent Ones

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Christmas Gift Guide | The Interior Edit

1 // Pink Letterboard by Three Potato Four via Etsy, £41.34.  2 // Marble Concrete Vessel by Studio Emma Mcdowell via Etsy, from £25.  
3 // Ghost by Studio Arhoj via Goodhood, £17.  4 // Geometric Wall Clock by Show Your Bones via Etsy, £26. 
 5 // Dusky Pink & Cream Wall Hanging by Bloomingville via Barnaby & Co, £73.

First off, did you all have a good Small Business Saturday? Here's hoping that you haven't spent all your money as it's time for my favourite gift guide - DRUM ROLL PLEASE - The Interior Edit. I've admitted before that I like to keep things fairly monochrome at home (see EJP minimalism here) but I do have a few colourful additions in the right places and I'm of course a sucker for wall art doing all the talkin'. If there was to be absolutely only one thing on my Christmas list this year it would certainly be this pink letterboard from Three Potato Four. Pink, letters and the potential for sarcasm? Yes bloody please. Paired with the pink clock, at a bargain price by Show Your Bones and some marble concrete loving by Studio Emma McDowell, we really would be onto a winner. Unless I go off pink I guess. What will you be adding to your home wishlist this December?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Alternative Market | ICA Garage Sale

A couple of years ago I managed to do all of my Christmas shopping at a little ol' market called 'The Pound Shop', a carefully curated selection of products with most items priced at a simple quid. I'd just started dating the boy at the time and we had decided to only spend £10 on each other. Lo and behold, he struggled in local Poundlands while I bought an array of wondrous stocking fillers from a range of designers and makers - all of which we still have now. The concept was totally brilliant and a refreshing take on the design of a market / sample sale.

Founded in April 2010 by George Wu, Sara Melin and Sarah Gottlieb, the initial idea has since grown and after 17 successful placements, The Pound Shop has gone back to its 2013 ICA roots under the name of the ICA Garage Sale. The range of products will slightly differ from previous sales, with some higher price points, but still prototype testing will remain at the heart of the market with a selection of creations from past seasons, returns and unique work in progress samples on offer. The sale makes for the perfect testing ground for designers to experiment with new and interesting products and test the market reaction to some of their new ideas. Interestingly this means that as a visitor you could also walk away with a piece that never quite makes it into production!

Ruler by Ding Ding, £1; Notebooks by Wrap, from £3; Bangle by Tom Pigeon, £10.
Taking place from Thursday 1st December (yes, tomorrow!), the ICA Theatre space will house over ninety designers selling products ranging from £1 up to £100. I've already got my eye on the rulers from stationery designer Ding Ding, the notebooks from Wrap and the insane looking bangle from Tom Pigeon. There will be loads more to choose from though including prints by Scout Editions, necklaces by One We Made Earlier and unique ceramics from Louise Madzia. The ultimate questions being what will you be buying and if given the opportunity what would you create to sell for a pound? Tell all in the comments below!

Thursday 1st December, 6pm-10pm; Friday 2nd December - Saturday 3rd December, 11am-6pm
ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
Entry Fee: £1 (Including access to the ICA)
Take cash for a quicker check-out process and let me know your bargain buys. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Christmas Gift Guide | The Colour Edit

1 // Magical Print by Daisy Emerson, £80.  2 // Cyclops Watch by Mr Jones Watches at Oxo Tower Wharf, £135. 
 3 // British Colour Standard Azalea Pink Espresso Cup by Designed in Colour at Oxo Tower Wharf, £10.  
4 // Wonderful Print by Supermundane, £25.  5 // Hand Jobs: Life as a Hand Model by Hoxton Mini Press, £12.95.

'When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance.'

Surely you've seen this quote from @thepastelfox doing the rounds on instagram in the midst of the Black Friday / Cyber Monday madness? Well it's true and it's times like these that we have to remember quality over quantity when it comes to buying product. My colour edit focuses on those that are working their way up in the creative world while providing you with a pop of pastels along the way. I've even included a couple from the design focused Oxo Tower Wharf where you can find a whole host of independent designers and makers, nestled into their workshops come retail spaces, waiting to boogie the afternoon away. I'll be heading there this Thursday for their Christmas late night opening as well as the launch of the London Illustration Fair so pop along and get your festive shopping sorted.  See you there?

INFO: Late night Christmas activities at Oxo Tower Wharf, Thursday 1st December, 5pm-8pm
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

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