Decorated cats on Heal’s Cat Design Trail

Heal's Cat trailCats – that’s a good start. Elegant elongated cats and a spiral staircase to boot – even better. Heal’s in Tottenham Court Road know this. They’ve had a cat guarding their Cecil Brewer staircase since 1916, a slim elegant feline perched on a window ledge surveying all that passes. Now, to celebrate the staircase’s centenary, they’ve commissioned ten designers to decorate replicas of their cat, and the results couldn’t be more different. Continue reading

Winter Fair at Clerkenwell Studios

Craft Central, Clerkenwell

It’s December so it’s officially okay to mention Christmas (and it’s snowing on my blog, did you notice?). I’ve just been to my first Christmas fair of the season (well, strictly speaking, it’s billed as a winter fair but they do suggest it would be a good place to buy your Christmas presents), Made in Clerkenwell at Craft Centre Studios. It’s on for four days and today is the last day so if you’re interested get down there this afternoon. Here’s a heads up on what you’ll find, focusing, as ever, on the Japanese designers in the show. Continue reading

Tent at the London Design Festival

Furukawa Yosuke Syoten

The trouble with the London Design Festival is that there’s so much on in such a short time. That’s why I’m still playing catch up with today’s post about Tent which Yannick and I visited last week. Along with Superbrands at the same venue, Tent is one of the main hubs of the festival, showing forty established brands and more than two hundred independent designers over four days in Hanbury St, near Spitalfields Market. Continue reading

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013

RA Summer Exhibition 2013The RA Summer Exhibition is here again! As reliable a sign of summer as Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and Glasto, it’s been held every year since 1769 and is open to ‘all artists of distinguished merit’ – in other words, anybody at all, so long as their work is good enough. This year over a thousand works in all styles and media made the grade and they’re all (or nearly all) for sale. Here’s my personal pick of the best – along with a quick introduction to the five Japanese artists in the show. Continue reading