Archive of ‘Travel & Culture’ category

City Break: Long Weekend in Lisbon

I have just returned from a short but sweet first trip to a city that has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Lisbon – Portugal’s capital city boasts a year round Mediterranean climate [it was a cat in the sun stretching 20 degrees this past weekend] old world European charm with cobbled streets and traditional […] Read more…

New Year, New Inspiration

Spending this past month in India kicked off my new year with a wealth of design inspiration. We spent three weeks hunkering down with family in Calcutta – a bustling Indian city nestled in West Bengal – known for its rich history of craft and talented artisans – from embroidery to sculpture and sketching to metal […] Read more…

London Design Festival: The Highlights

Navigating London Design Festival with a four month old baby on the blistering September city streets was no mean feat, but hell bent on getting my design fix during the design worlds version of fashion week, I was determined to make it work! Here are my highlights from the week’s festivities. Newbie Taiwanese Studio IF ‘s striking […] Read more…

Penguin Bloggers Night 2014

Swiftly becoming a highlight in my yearly calendar, last week I attended the 4th annual Penguin Bloggers Night. Held as usual on the lofty top floor of Foyles Bookstore in Charing Cross, the evening serves as a showcase of the publisher’s key books for that year with a programme of notable authors reading excerpts from […] Read more…

Renegade Craft Fair

This weekend the Renegade Craft Fair came to East London. A curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design it has counterparts in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago and San Francisco. Despite a very wet weekend, droves of shoppers browsed the cheery halls of the Truman Brewery. Here were some of […] Read more…

Wrong for Hay + Peckham Refreshment Rooms

Last Friday, a spectacular new launch kicked off London Design Festival that gave everyone the feeling of the iconic design weeks of yesteryear where brands pulled out all the stops. A collaboration with between prolific Danish design brand HAY and London-based designer Sebastian Wrong, showcased furniture, accessories, textiles and lighting in a beautiful London townhouse. The elegant and playful […] Read more…

Paris Design Week September 2013: What I Saw

The crisp month of September kicks off a busy and inspiring season for the design industry with Paris being everyone’s first port of call. The city is host to Europe’s largest homeware exhibition, Maison et Objet  which is a showcase for launches from new brands and the industry’s key players. In turn the city’s galleries and boutiques […] Read more…

Rifle Paper Co. City Prints

Rifle Paper Co. is one of my favourite stationery brands. I really love San Francisco illustrator Anna Bond’s vintage style and use of colours, but after buying and giving away every possible variation of greeting card of hers for the last few years, it feels like it’s about time I should have something a little […] Read more…

Travelling Light Colonial Style

They say that material possessions don’t matter, but when I saw this lot of  Colonial Era “Campaign Furniture” listed for auction on Mumbai art gallery Saffron Art‘s site it struck me how much they really do! The auction lists an incredible amount of accoutrements considered vital for the travelling colonial officer or well-heeled Indian during the days of […] Read more…

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