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Posts Tagged ‘review’

Best New Designs: Top Drawer and Craft London January 2014 Review

Great designs from the pre-eminent gift show, including wrapping paper, baby wear and jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Wrap magazine trees and tools wrapping paper

It has been many years since I last attended the Top Drawer gift trade show at Earls Court, and the scope of what is now on offer is daunting to say the least: it's no wonder it has recently split off into the separate Home London event and now Craft London. Having already visited those two I only made it around half of Top Drawer, missing out on much I'm sure. Oh well, there's always next time.

Wrap Magazine paper with leaves and pot plants

Over in the greeting cards section it was great to meet the talented Polly and Chris from Wrap Magazine, who have produced a wonderful stand alone wrapping paper range to compliment their… read more

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Best New Designs for the Home: Home London January 2014 Review

Taking place twice a year, Home London has fast grown to become a must visit homewares show for the discerning buyer. I visited the January edition to find out what designs we will be loving in the years to come.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ceramics designer Louise Wilkinson was kind enough to invite me along to Home London, one of the premier trade shows for people in the homewares business. An off shoot of …

Craig Green, MAN: London Collections: Men A/W 2014 Catwalk Review

Craig Green showed his A/W 2014 collection as part of Fashion East's MAN show on Monday 6 June at the Old Sorting Office.

Written by Matt Bramford

Craig Green A/W 2014 by Avril Kelly
I’m a huge fan of Joyride, I go wild for The Look and there’s no denying that It Must Have Been Love is one …

Alan Taylor, MAN: London Collections: Men A/W 2014 Catwalk Review

First up at the Fashion East MAN show was Alan Taylor, on Monday 6 January at the Old Sorting Office

Written by Matt Bramford

Alan Taylor S/S 2014 by Yelena Bryksenkova
London Collections: Men might be the clumsiest branding known to man, but the MAN show does you no favours either. Not only do …

Topman Design: London Collections: Men A/W 2014 Catwalk Review

Topman Design showcased its A/W 2014 collection at the Old Sorting Office on Monday 6 January, complete with REAL CATWALK RAIN.

Written by Matt Bramford

Topman Design A/W 2014 by Dom&Ink
It was raining, men at the Old Sorting Office on Monday for my first show of this (awkwardly branded) London Collections: Men A/W 2014 season …

Illustration Now! Fashion by Taschen: Book Review

This new book from Taschen features the work of 90 contemporary fashion illustrators from across the world and is essential reading for any lovers or creators of fashion illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Looking for that perfect last minute gift for the fashion illustrator in your life, or someone who aspires to become one? Then look no further than the inspirational new offering …

East London Design Show: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

This year the East London Design Show took place at the Truman Brewery, and whilst the venue was somewhat lacking in atmosphere there was lots of fabulous designer maker talent on show. Here's my hot ideas for Christmas gifts.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve shared my favourite finds from the 2013 Bust Craftacular, now here’s what I loved at the East London Design Show, held for the first time in the Truman Brewery. …

Bust Craftacular: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

Didn't make it down to the Bust Craftacular? Worry not, for here's my round up of great finds... why not check in with your favourites online and make a unique Christmas purchase that way?

Written by Amelia Gregory

Last year I missed out on the Bust Craftacular, but this year I was able to whip around this buzzy annual event, held at the York Hall. I was very …

Book Review: The Gentle Author’s London Album

A quirky and rather fabulous paen to the inhabitants of London, both past and present. This beautiful book would make an excellent Christmas gift.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Gentle Author’s London Album is a beautifully bound love memo to London life in all its ebullience. The book is subtitled ‘London seen from an easterly direction‘ which is …

Country Mile: an interview with the multi-talented folk singer Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn is back with a beautiful new album, inspired by long walks and becoming a father.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Johnny Flynn by Emma McMorrow.
Johnny Flynn is now a husband and a father, as well as an actor and musician. His many roles have inspired Country Mile, his first album …

Review: Renegade Craft Fair in London, 2013

Fabulous finds from the Renegade Craft Fair, held at the Truman Brewery on 9th and 10th November 2013. Why shop on the high street when you can buy fabulous one offs by those who love to design and make?

Written by Amelia Gregory

This weekend I hot footed it down Brick Lane to the Truman Brewery for the 2013 London edition of the Renegade Craft Fair. It was a great chance to catch …

Review: Cheapside Hoard Jewellery Exhibition at the Museum of London

This beautifully presented display of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery is a must see for anyone who loves jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Cheapside Hoard by Yelena Bryksenkova.
I have a major love for all things jewelled and especially gemological, so a visit to the new Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London …

A Review of Mental by The Vacuum Cleaner

The latest performance from the Vacuum Cleaner (in conjunction with Arts Admin) bravely explores his mental health issues, all from his very own bedroom.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Vacuum Cleaner – Mental by Jenny Robins.
I have known James the ‘Vacuum Cleaner‘ for many years through activism, and have always admired his openness about his ‘mental’ condition – but …

Review: The Lost Cavalry, Three Cheers For The Undertaker and interview with Mark West

Former guitarist with Fanfarlo, Mark West talks to us about the process of creating his new album, a beautiful series of narratives set to delicate instrumentation.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Three Cheers for the Undertaker is the new album from The Lost Cavalry, the band founded by ex Fanfarlo guitarist Mark West four years ago. It opens with the mournful …

A Review of the Three Four Showcase at the Brick Lane Gallery

This London Design Week showcase in The Annexe of The Brick Lane Gallery featured work by Katy Goutefangea, James Tattersall and the Room 9 collective.

Written by Amelia Gregory

It was thanks to the joys of instagram that I found out about the Three Four Showcase at The Annexe (part of The Brick Lane Gallery) when print designer Katy …

Tent London 2013 Review: Best Wall Art, Furniture and Lighting

My second review of the best of Tent London 2013 includes designs by the likes of Parris Wakefield Additions, Tamasine Osher, Permafrost, Tamasyn Gambell, Sit Furnishings and many more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lampshade by Parris Wakefield Additions.
I’ve already brought you the best soft furnishings and homewards from Tent London 2013 at the Truman Brewery, and now here is a round up of …

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

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 …

Swedish School of Textiles: London Fashion Week S/S 2014 Catwalk Review part two

The Swedish School of Textiles took to the catwalk at Fashion Scout to showcase the best of their 2013 graduates in a show titled Exit 13.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Emma Lindqvist by Novemto Komo.
Following on from part one of my review I present the next six graduates to show on the catwalk with the Swedish School of Textiles at …

Swedish School of Textiles: London Fashion Week S/S 2014 Catwalk Review part one

We've been covering catwalk shows from graduates of the Swedish School of Textiles since 2010, and their work continues to be a highlight of the Fashion Scout schedule. Showing at Freemasons' Hall on Saturday 14th September 2013.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jesper Danielsson by Antonia Parker.
As in previous years, the Swedish School of Textiles at Boras took to the catwalk at Fashion Scout to showcase the best of their graduates. As …

Tabernacle Twins: London Fashion Week S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

Danish designer Vibe Lundemark told the tale of the Cobra Casablanca, placing her unique illustrations on bold garments for her Fashion Scout debut on Monday 16th September 2013.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tabernacle Twins S/S 2014 by Karolina Burdon.
Tabernacle Twins was a new brand to me, but having visited the website my interest was piqued. The label is described as an exploration …