We were lucky enough to go to the DIY Art Market in Peckham this weekend. There was a impressive selection of designers and makers selling their goods. We loved the intentionally crude and naive hand-painted ceramics that seemed to dominate the tables. Ceramics are bang on trend at the moment, so hold tight for our Pinterest board with the hottest new styles.
In the latest of our stockist profiles we chatted to the super-cool Helen Fisher at her shop SNAP on Roman Road in East London. Helen is great on social media so make sure you check her out on Facebook or Instagram where I nicked all these photos from.
September is a bumper month for Alfred & Wilde with not one but two appearances at London Design Festival. Fortunately that means lots of opportunities for you to get up close and personal with your favourite bold metallics and cool graphics.
First off, it's pretty damn exciting to be part of the very first official London Design Festival pop-up shop at the Victoria and Albert Museum, from Saturday 19th September until Sunday 27th. The shop has been specially created by East London design duo LORIS&LIVIA using Corian, a material more commonly known for kitchen worktops and cladding buildings.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Alfred & Wilde limited edition London print (available in the festival colours of red and white)
The V&A will be a hub for the 350 events and projects that take place over the nine days of the Festival. As well as the festival shop, make sure you visit the V&A to check out the Mexican Pavillion designed by architect Frida Escabedo.
Our second festival appearance will be at blockbuster design show Tent London. Read more about it on our blog.
London Design Festival
19-27 September 2015
Newest Alfred & Wilde stockist, the Laura Lea Design boutique pop-up, opened in up-and-coming Leytonstone this month. Laura Lea Design launched in 2014 and aims to encourage, support and enable designers and artists to grow in a collective environment, sharing ideas and nurturing new talent.
I am over the moon that my favourite London-themed gift store has returned to Carnaby Street for a summer pop-up. The team has assembled a collection of the finest and coolest London prints, ceramics, cards, tote bags, pigeons and tea bags (amongst other wonderful things) that you'll find anywhere in the city. It simply blows other tourist-tat shops out of the water. And to top it off they pride themselves on working with independent designer-makers and creatives, making it a real community asset. Let's hope the tourist hoards agree!
Check out my top picks below (excuse the dodgy photography, there was a lot of free booze at the launch):
In the first of our stockist profiles, Jessica Widdows, owner of the fabulous Of Cabbages and Kings in Stoke Newington answers our questions and gives some hints for designers keen to get stocked in her shop.
The clever folks from design show Tent London have opened a pop-up shop in London this Christmas. They already have a great online shop called Shop Tent featuring many of the designers that exhibit at the show, but now you can see the products in the flesh in London's trendy Shoreditch.
The pop-up shop in Boxpark has been curated by Living Etc magazine to showcase the new and up-coming design talent from Tent. The shop features furniture from Phillips Design Studio, lighting from Michael and George and homewares from Haidée Drew. Of course there are few items from Alfred & Wilde there too!