London Design Fair 2018, – ‘Haru, stuck on design’

London Design Fair 2018, – ‘Haru, stuck on design’

The Old Truman Brewery,

London Design Fair 2018, – ‘Haru, stuck on design’

We love this space! An industrial warehouse building with a huge history. Within the heart of East London and this creative hub. The London Design Fair is a four day event that houses over 500 exhibitors from 36 countries. The exhibition includes brands, independent designers and a variety of talent from international suppliers.

Incorporating Tent London and Superbrands, it’s a great destination for designers, specifiers and buyers alike.

To us it’s a cauldron of a melting pot of styles, cultures and inspiration. From viewing young talent, from the Plymouth College of Art, – (and a shout out to the students for pulling together such a great stand), to established UK brands such as Linwood.

The variety of product on view, reflects the diverse array of visitors, that include: buyers, interior designers, architects, press and the design conscious public. The show is the most creative and exciting out of all the September events as it has a flavour of ‘anything is possible’ and reminds us of being an art student again! The show makes you smile, have fun and inspires you to ‘go create’!

From the Brewery we picked out a few stands that caught our eye!

Haru, ‘stuck on design’, is one such stand! Vibrant colour, playful, originating from Japan. And all sticky tape! The ‘tape’ lets you become your own artist and create a multi layered wall of art. As individual as you are, in a variety of widths, colours – plain or patterned, you can instantly transform a room. Sticking, stretching, taping freely – a new design tool is born!

There are 8 colour families, 2 pattern families, 3 different materials and 4 different widths. No excuse, in the creation of a masterpiece!

“HARU stuck-on design” hopes to inspire a new way of designing & styling spaces.
For more information on Haru, do contact them via their own online website.

Street Art & Graffiti, September in the City

Street Art & Graffiti, September in the City

Street Art & Graffiti,

September in the City

This month we had a creative wander around the East End area, notably Brick Lane, world famous for its street art. Which has featured artists such as D*Face, Banksy, Ben Eine, Stik, Mr Cenz, Carleen De Sozer and Ant Carver. The area and art, used too in plenty of music videos.

The artists are prolific, with art constantly changing, evolving, in these colourful chaotic streets, as a covered up graffiti masterpiece, makes way for new street art.

This area has a huge history, in the 17th C, brewing, with Benjamin Truman establishing the Black Eagle Brewery on Brick Lane, (home to Design Week), came to the area, alongside being one of the first areas outside of the City, where you could buy fruit & veg! Just imagine that! Immigrants have always settled in the area, French Hugenots escaping religious persecution in France, in the 17th C. And at this time too, the Spitalfields area become a hive for weaving, tailoring and a clothing industry emerged.

Irish and Ashkenzai Jews immigrated to the area in the 19th C, and today the neighbourhood is populated by the Bangladeshi Sytheti community, with the area earning the name of Banglatown. With its diverse history and multi culture, the streets have become a centre and hub for self-expression with street artists. A cool trendy urban ‘hood with bars, curry houses, cafes and colour galore on every corner.

In part, also, when walking down the side roads and no. 4 Princelet Street in particular; with its faded Georgian splendour, it feels like you are either in a movie scene, or indeed a time warp. Such a contrast to the modern day street art, feet away, old and new colliding and cohabiting side by side!

This is what I loved most about the area, that creativity had a place to be expressed, juxtaposed amongst and not so far from
historical property gems from a bygone Georgian age, where one day in passing you could spy a film crew on set.

If you’re in the area take a detour, (the street art will be different for sure), it’s quite unlike any other part of town.

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