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To complete my report on the London Design Festival, I’d like to show you my picks from one of the main design venues, Designjunction.

On close analysis of my photos taken at the show, I noticed two recurrent themes. The first is the  trend for metal.  Copper, Brass and Gold with their Autumnal shades.

The brass animal holders above are by Gavin Coyle. I can imagine them hung in clusters over my study desk, a perfect organiser.


These Copper and wood containers are by Chilean designers Bravo! , providing storage that is simple yet elegant. They can also be stacked up into sculptural shapes if space is limited.


Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen this light before. It’s called Ripple by Poetic Lab. It works by focusing a beam of light over a gently rotating hand blown glass dome. It exudes an underwater calm and is most certainly hypnotising.


The styling on this String shelving unit is simply beautiful. Love that ‘organised chaos’ look . Those earthy warm tones of the books are so cleverly offset by the cool greys. I might just do some stationery shopping at Muji to reproduce this look.


Here is the String shelving in gold, a luxuriant alternative to the popular white don’t you think?


This image reveals the two spotted trends mentioned at the start of the post. Metal continues to make an appearance. The second trend reveal is Turquoise.

Turquoise is a spectrum of blues and greens, shades of which were clearly evident throughout the show.

Fast forward to next Spring/Summer and I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of blues and greens. The green trend is certainly not abating and I am pleased about that.

The metallic lighting and turquoise table are part of a collection called Toffoli by UBS design.


This is 52 Meters, a company that was originally set up as a dealership in vintage 20th Century design. It has now started to produce a small range of furniture and lighting. This collection is called ‘Tube line’, inspired by the London Underground.

Here we have the Turquoise blue of Victoria line and I’m sure there is a District line green somewhere too.


Even the classic Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner have taken on shades of greens and blues.


I’ve always wanted these modular Montana shelving for my home. I’m liking how shades of beige have been contrasted with greens from tones of Chlorophyll to a Khaki green.


I am attracted to colour and so this shelving unit didn’t escape my eye. It’s called Brick and designed by Chilean designer Orlando Gatica Studio. This would be an ideal floor to ceiling storage solution stretching the length of my basement playroom area, had I not already had bespoke cupboards made. Spot the Turquoise?


I end this post these wonderful light boxes from Leal available from Molly Meg.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, have a great weekend, coming up soon. x


Yesterday afternoon was time spent at Tent and London Super Brands, a design exhibition forming part of the London Design festival, based in East London.

Here are the stands that caught my attention.

Introducing Mine Heart, launched in 2010 by designers Brendan Young and Vanessa Battaglia.  The talented duo’s work is unique, with a surreal yet mischievous twist.

Mine Heart is from the Shakespearian word ‘my heart’ and is a reflection of the company’s boundless passion for their new ‘Lovable Collection’ .

A whimsical mix of imagery, so cleverly combined and presented, has a distinct linger of eras from bygone times.

My favourite piece is Young and Battaglia’s King Edison pendant lamp ( above) with a small chandelier suspended inside a hand blown bulb.


Chad Wys’ artistic interruption of portrait imagery on canvases and cushions are both arresting and beautiful. They have been likened to Dorian Gray.  cornucopia of emotions, at opposite poles, that sense of haunting yet romantic.


Here’s another piece by Chad Wys, this time with an injection of satirical humour.


Next, is this beautiful curated collection at The Cold Press. I was transfixed by how these individual pieces of art have been so seamlessly displayed to compliment one another.


I was instantly drawn to Maxine Hall of Blackpop’s new wallpaper collection. Tent London was the inaugural launch. Inspired by the patterns of ancient tapestries, Maxine has combined her expertise in digital art to create a collection so beautiful and opulent, that transcends both a modern and vintage era.


Here is a close up image. There are also repeats with a graduation of colours which when combined can create a wall with a stunning tonal effect.

I can imagine Marie Antoinette having this on the walls of her stylish palace boudoir.


These wallpaper by Deborah Bowness are genius. Usually we buy wallpaper to update a room, to create a more contemporary feel. Here is the clever reverse, to create an instant period feel with photos of beautiful, old objects. No need for an early morning rise to rummage through flea markets, salvage yards or antique auctions, in hope of that elusive vintage find.


Here she has created a printed wallpaper with an image of vintage tiles. This would be a perfect backdrop against which one’s own vintage pieces of furniture or paintings can be layered upon. I think this would be great for hallways of old Victorian homes.


This year at Tent London, Homebarn has been charged with styling the cafe area. They did not disappoint, the overall effect was stunning. At their adjoining shop were items that they have collected and restored for sale. All I can say is that it was certainly a visual feast of styling. If I had room in my home, I would have loved to have those vintage storage cabinets.


In true Little Big Bell style, I leave you with two colourful images from the Polish designers of Collective Unconscious by Kosmos Project.


These metal masks apparently representing the ancestral spirits of animals were worn during Forefather’s eve, a Slavic feast commemorating the dead (similar to our Halloween). They were  worn whilst summoning ghosts for their favours to be granted. The masks prevented recognition and an inadvertent pull to the underworld.

That aside, my first thought was that they would make a beautiful decorative feature in a child’s bedroom wall. What do you think?

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I’m trying desperately to finish all my London Design festival posts before my trip to Los Angeles next weekend, so do keep checking back or subscribe via Bloglovin. Have a lovely week ahead. x


Donna Wilson, famed for her knitted creatures and home accessories, is celebrating her company’s 10th anniversary with an amazing exhibition of past and new collections. It is also part of the London Design Festival 2013.


The theme is ‘The Three Little Bears’ . Here we have ‘Who is sitting in my chair?’  Papa ‘Big Ted’ bear.


Mama bear.


and sweet little Baby ‘Bibi’  bear.


On this beautiful sideboard designed by Donna, sits her new season bowl collection.


They are in keeping with the Three Bears theme. I have bought the Bear beaker to add to my collection.


On the far wall are all the wonderful knitted creatures from Donna’s previous and current collection. This exhibit is part of a sealed bid auction for charity.


Here is a close up view of some of the creatures. I’m liking the fox. Can you spot one you like from the wall above?


The Tortoise cushion is from her new collection, as is the pie chart patchwork on the floor.


Love the vibrant colours of these Hofdi and Playtime cushions.


Spot the cosy lambswool rabbit scarf, in line with the woodland theme of the new season.


Finally, I leave you with the only non-coloured piece in the shop. A monochrome ‘Forest Floor’ throw. A perfect Christmas gift I say!

Hope you have enjoyed this quick tour of talented Donna Wilson’s exhibition. I am a true fan and have several pieces of her work at home. The exhibition runs till Sunday 22nd 2013 in Leonard street, London. I highly recommend it.

Have a wonderful weekend x

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