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Tent London 2013 Review: Best Soft Furnishings and Homewares

At Tent London 2013 at the Truman Brewery I discovered a host of talented creatives, including Louise Wilkinson, Reiko Kaneko, Sian Elin, Melody Rose and many more. See their new collections here...

Written by Amelia Gregory

plate by Louise Wilkinson
Bone china plate by Louise Wilkinson.

As usual there was a plethora of new and exciting designers to discover at Tent London 2013, showing alongside some familiar favourites that I look forward to catching up with each year. Here is my round up of the best soft furnishings and homewares brands I found. Wall art, furniture and lighting will follow in my next blog, though this delineation is pretty arbitrary since many brands happily encompass all aspects of interior design.

Tent London Cushions Melanie Porter
This outrageous outsize knitted cushion is by Melanie Porter, who was trained at Central Saint Martins and turned her hand to soft furnishing design after ten years working as a designer for international fashion brands. read more

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Tent London 2013 Preview: Best of Tent London 2012

As design lovers gear up for Tent London 2013 I bring you a selection of my favourite discoveries in 2012. Many are bound to be showcasing again this year... so let's whet our appetites.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Redefining luxury in wax: an interview with artist Andrea Hasler

London based Swiss artist Andrea Hassler discusses the inspiration behind Burdens of Excess, her recent LA show.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Putting optical illusions on homeware: an interview with designer maker Dionne Sylvester

Meet Kent based fashion designer turned craftsperson Dionne Sylvester: traditional homeware will never be the same!

Written by Amelia Gregory

I first discovered the striking homeware of designer maker Dionne Sylvester at Spitalfields Market earlier this year, where they immediately caught my attention. Her colourful designs give traditional teacups, plates …

Brahma Dreaming: an interview with illustrator Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

Italian illustrator Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini talks about her latest collaboration with the author John Jackson.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Italian born illustrator Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini has teamed up with polymath writer, lawyer, nature lover and publisher John Jackson for the second time to create a new book. Brahma Dreaming: …

Morphopolis: an illustrated computer game inspired by the natural world

Dan Walters and Ceri Williams are the architectural graduates behind a beautiful new illustrated game inspired by the tiny and fascinating world of bugs.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Morphopolis is a visually stunning adventure game lovingly crafted by two architecture graduates and designers, Dan Walters and Ceri Williams. It was inspired by two other games: Machinarium and The Tiny …

University Arts Bournemouth: Dot to Dot Illustration Degree Show 2013 Review

Students from the illustration degree course at Bournemouth put on a fantastic exhibition at The Rag Factory just off Brick Lane in mid July. It was a great way to finish of the 2013 graduate shows.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The illustration degree course at Arts University Bournemouth held their stand alone Dot to Dot graduate exhibition in mid July at The Rag Factory just off Brick Lane. I visited …

Camberwell College of Arts: Well Said Illustration Degree Show 2013 Review

This year Camberwell illustration graduates held their Well Said show in The Rag Factory, just off East London's Brick Lane. Here's what I found.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Nigh on a month ago the latest batch of talented graduates from the Camberwell College of Arts illustration degree course put on their standalone show at The Rag Factory, a …

A Review of The Art of Dining Pop-Up Dining Experience at Fenton House: A Night With The Mistress

In mid July I sampled the latest pop-up dining experience from The Art of Dining, themed around A Night with the Mistress. It was a delightful culinary and cultural experience at a National Trust venue, and all for a very reasonable price.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Art of Dining at Fenton House by Briony Jose.
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New Designers 2013 Product Design Review: The Best Product Designers and More

This last review of the 2013 New Designers shows contains a variety of exciting graduate designer discoveries. Read on...

Written by Amelia Gregory

To round off my coverage of New Designers I’m going to introduce my random top selections from the product design colleges, as well as some stray surface design and some …

New Designers 2013 Illustration Review: The Best Graduate Illustrators

Only a smattering of art colleges show work from illustration degrees at New Designers part two - but I made some brilliant discoveries from UCA Maidstone, Falmouth University, Cambridge School of Art and Nottingham Trent.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve brought you my New Designers part one reviews, my review of New Blood and multiple blogs covering the Free Range Art and Design shows… so now it’s time to …

D&AD New Blood 2013 Review: Best Graduate Illustration and Graphic Design

Finally: here are my favourite finds from the New Blood graduate design show, which took place at the start of July in Spitalfields Market.

Written by Amelia Gregory

This year the D&AD New Blood graduate show was held once again in a cordoned off section of Spitalfields Market. It’s a small space with hoards of exhibiting students crammed …

New Designers 2013 Surface Design for Fashion and Interiors: The Best Graduate Designers

Here's my round up of the best of the rest of my discoveries at New Designers part one: featuring stunning optical illusion wall art, beautiful 3D neckpieces and ricrac aplenty.

Written by Amelia Gregory

One of the great thing about surface design as a discipline is that it encompasses so many design possiblities. Here’s my round up of the rest of my fab discoveries …

New Designers 2013 Ceramics and Craft: The Best Graduate Designers

There were loads of interesting ceramics and crafts on show at New Designers one, including neon iron platters, animals aplenty and a skull encrusted teapot.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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New Designers 2013 Surface Design Graduates – Playful Brights

I'll always be more attracted to bold and beautiful brights over tasteful muted colourways, and luckily this year there was lots to choose from at the first New Designers show.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Next up, my review of splashy abstract brights and lovely playful designs. It’s fair to say that this is a look I will always love, but there did seem to …

New Designers 2013 Printed Textiles and Surface Design Graduates – The 50s Trend

50s influenced surface designs and printed textiles patterns were big news at this years New Designers. Here's my favourite examples of the trend.

Written by Amelia Gregory

As usual there were a plethora of outstanding design graduates on show at New Designers, and I always um and ah about how I am going to split these blogs …

Free Range Art & Design Show 2013: Fine Art Review

I discovered a few real gems on my tour of the fine art shows at the Truman Brewery during week five of the Free Range Shows.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Claire Ringrose at Oxford Brookes University.
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Celebrating 10 Years in Business: An interview with Akamuti founder Lindsey Hedges & illustrator Jenny Lloyd

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Written by Amelia Gregory

People come to this website both for inspiration and to find talented creatives to work with, so my illustrators will know they are doing their best if they get some …

UWE Illustration Degree Show – Break a Lead 2013: Review

Excellent new talent spotted at the University of West England illustration degree show at Free Range on 27th June - 1st July 2013.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I regret to say that I have been somewhat remiss in my coverage of the annual stand alone UWE Break a Lead illustration show, despite this course turning out some …

Laszlo Tompa

An Interview with Designer Laszlo Tompa

Laszlo Tompa didn't stop to wonder if making carved geometric lamps and puzzle boxes woodwork...

Written by Jessica Cook

The title of this post is a little misleading as Laszlo Tompa is more than just a Designer. Not just a Ceramist or a Craftsman, he is more like …