Saturday, 20 November 2010

Beautiful Kenzo Collectible Book at the V&A Museum Shop

Kenzo creatively presents forty years of the Paris-based fashion house, founded by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada and now in a resurgence under artistic director Antonio Marras...Kenzo and the V&A Museum Shop

Friday, 19 November 2010

Wonderful inspiration from - the renowned illustrator René Gruau

Illustrator René Gruau (1909-2004) at Somerset House until 9 January 2010.

Naughty and suggestive-  Panties Poster by François Berthoud  available at the Design Museum

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Ah! Bisto... it must be autumn (thinking of sausages and mash)

Wonderful steel signs from Museum of Brands

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Blaze in glory - beautiful porcelain cups, loving the pink rose

Blaze a great gallery shop to keep an eye on for unique gifts for friends and yourself.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Artist Bob & Roberta Smith have designed the D&AD Annual 2010

Artist Bob & Roberta Smith and immprint have designed the D&AD Annual 2010. D&AD10: The Best Advertising and Design in the World will be available in both limited edition and general TASCHEN release from mid-November.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Thing which delivers an objet d'art quarterly

Budding artists are lining up at The Thing’s door [what this space]

THE THING Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. Each issue is conceived of by a different contributor and mailed to the homes of the subscribers.  The Thing Quarterly

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Very Cute Pinboard for the New House!

I do like the Blaze shop as it has some really lovely designer and craft gifts, I haven't been to the shop yet but it is on my list to visit soon. In the meantime I shall shop and browse the site, well worth a look for Christmas gifts!

Website: Blaze Shop

Devine Vintage Telephone Cushion

Supporting local culture and you get a divine unique cushion created using vintage fabrics it doesn't get much better than this at £34.

Website: Big Blue Sky (Local shopping in Norfolk)

Saturday, 2 October 2010

At first glance an enchanting snow globe - Traveler 176

Traveler 176, 2006.
Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz
ITEM NO: 12166
SIZE: Globe diameter: 4.75” / 12.1cm, Overall: 6” / 15.24cm
MATERIAL: See description
EDITION: Edition of 250, hand signed and numbered.

Friday, 1 October 2010

A Visual Treat for the Eyes - Murakami at Château de Versailles

14th September to 12th December 2010

Exhibition by Takashi Murakami in the Château de Versailles

Shiny Shiny Internet

Sitting in an internet cafe I found this print which made me smile... (don't get me wrong I am browsing the internet for cool stuff and working..) but this did strike a cord. On the shiny shiny Internet by Jody Barton

Litho from Original Watercolour, at the £10 sale price it is tempting. Soma Gallery Shop

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Today I would like to buy a little piece of FANTASY ISLAND (Limited Edition Tracey Emin)

FANTASY ISLAND Signed Limited Edition
Designed in 1998, Fantasy Island tells the story of Tracey’s encounter with a Dog, based on a dream she had in New York. The boxed book comes with an individually signed photograph.
Edition of 100
Price £275 (including VAT)

Monday, 20 September 2010

We love this robin mug which is perfect for tea in the garden this autumn

Birdsong design by Madeleine Floyd's and available at the National Trust Shop

Friday, 17 September 2010

Celebrating British Design - At Top Drawer This Week

Supporting creative british designers and a great example is Jam Tart - Bus Print 30x40cm printed on to fine art paper and comes in tube ready to frame. At £25 it would look fantastic in any coloured room.

Save Our Arts - Sign Up - Watch the David Shrigely Video

If you've not signed the petition yet, then here's your chance to do so. Jeremy Deller has joined David Shrigley in producing work to encourage you to give your support to

Artolar has pledged it's support and it is backing this campaign to save our culture.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

V&A Museum - Love the idea of designer tours…

The V&A welcomes the London Design Festival a nine day festival that celebrates London as the creative capital of the world.
Love the idea of designer tours… you pick up a map at a museum entrance and use it to follow a tour created by a chosen personality and taking in their favourite objects. A great way to explore and see the museum in a new light – I shall be going and I will report back with my finds…
Image: Designer Map Michael Johnson

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

New Designer Natsko Seki London Limited Edition Print

I could stare at this print for hours after seeing it close up with the tiny detail each time I look there is something else to capture the eye. Only 50 so I had better get my skates on to order.

10% off voucher with Tate Online Shop - voucher code enter TATEGIFT

Friday, 10 September 2010

Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace Wallpaper

Lizzie Allen has designed wonderful London inspired wallpaper from the below poem: fantastic for a children's bedroom or just for fun playroom.

Buckingham Palace

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
Alice is marrying one of the guard.
"A soldier's life is terribly hard,"

Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
We saw a guard in a sentry-box.
"One of the sergeants looks after their socks,"

Says Alice.
They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
We looked for the King but he never came.
"Well, God take care of him, all the same,"

Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
They've great big parties inside the grounds.
"I wouldn't be King for a hundred pounds,"

Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
A face looked out, but it wasn't the King's.
"He's much too busy a-signing things,"

Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
"Do you think the King knows all about me?"
"Sure to, dear, but it's time for tea,"

Says Alice

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Keith Brymer Jones - Egg Cups

What is there not to like about these beautiful egg cups.. we have just ordered some and so excited to see them when they arrive!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Cockpit Trail - Craft in Design Week

Follow the Cockpit Trail to discover the festival’s handmade highlights by leading designer-makers at Cockpit Arts

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

It’s back to school time - Get your designer desktop

Designer desktops wallpaper by talented artist and designer Brooke Francesi and the inspirational quote comes from the famous surrealist Salvador Dali: “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”

We all breathe a sigh of relief! Get your FREE download here

Friday, 27 August 2010

Interior designer Katie Thompson - Recreates (Beautiful furniture)

Interior designer, Katie Thompson of Recreate repurposes discarded objects and turns them into beautiful eclectic pieces of furniture.

Max Lamb commission for the London Design Festival installation at the V&A

Max Lamb at the HSBC central office at 78 St James' St, London, casting part of the building to create his commission for the London Design Festival installation at the V&A. Inspired by the museum's famous Cast Court collection, Lamb proposes to create a cast replica of part of the building, which he will then hand carve using a hammer and chisel into the shape of a bench, creating a place for people visiting the museum to sit and connect with each Photography by Santiago Posada View more images Max Lamb

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Eyes Have It - Tshirt Must Have

Introducing the artist Rose Wylie who has collaborated with twenty8twelve on a couple of tshirts The Eyes Have It all as shown below and Boo

Coming this season for AW10: .twenty8twelve

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Who could resist happyblankie? (and you donate to a child or an orphanage)

A cool company who earns this weeks 'happy credits' because of the company ethos buy one happy blankie and for each one sold, another is donated to a child in a hospital or orphanage. A fun and ideal gift for children’s birthdays or just a special present.

Based: Ohio USA

Friday, 30 July 2010

The New Design Breed - A Rising Star David McCandles

Information experts predict that by 2020 there will be 40 times as much data available as there is now. If you are a visual person like myself then there is light a brand new breed of designers of data and information who love making complexity simple and even turn it into art. Welcome to the 'info-graphics' and David McCandles is one at the top doing just this... see the limited edition print below. Pick it up now as these are going to be the retro of cool, slightly geeky but the beginning of a new tide.

$45 (approx £30UKP, 32 Euros) Buy the David McCandles limited edition print Edition of 200, stamped, numbered and signed by David McCandless and Stefanie Posavec.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Seasonal Vegetable Tea Towel

Grow vegetables at home and use this stylish teatowel to remind you when and what to plant. Designed and printed in the UK - green bonus points for this item.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Stylish Holidays Start with this Chocolate Rain Luggage Tag

Designed exclusively for the British Museum available for £7.99

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The Notebook Made From Elephant Poo

Wonderful present for friends who are green and like to get back to nature, from the Natural History Shop

Monday, 12 July 2010

Make You Mark On The World


Friday, 9 July 2010

New cloth bound Penguin books - beautiful designs

These books would look great on any bookshelf; visit Penguin for some lovely gift inspiration on classic collections this Friday afternoon. Happy browsing!

A vintage find at Hampton Court - crockery straight from the farm!

A gorgeous selection of traditional flowers, tins, candles and soaps. Picture perfect for a wonderful for garden party as you can hirer the vintage crockery straight from the farm! Visit the website Traditional Flower

Thursday, 8 July 2010

V and A spot at Hampton Court

Lots of garden goodies and these trendy items we have mentioned before on the blog were seen on a stall at Hampton Court... perfect for light digging..

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Hampton Court Flower Show tomorrow, excited and inspired by these lovely prints

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show tomorrow, let’s hope the sun is shining so the photographs will come out well. Updates from the show will be here tomorrow very excited to be going. Hope the shops there are filled with wonderful gifts for myself and others..

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Sale at the British Museum

Up to 60% off selected books at the British Museum Sale

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Runner Beans Are Growing Fast

Image above by Sara Midda from the book - In and Out the Garden.

Growing excited at the growth of our runner beans, at the bottom of the garden. Although a quiet afternoon so decided to visit the V&A shop to browse gardening and DIY. Should keep me trendy and up with the neighbours while in the garden!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Fav Book from Sara Midda

Today is a pattern day, beautiful book and still a favourite. I also see on Flickr it is whimsyandstarsstudio favourite book too, great choice!

Shopping for Wallpaper

Gorgeous inspiring wallpaper books and the history of wallpaper from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Gallery and Museum Shop Images on Flickr

1489 Shop, originally uploaded by andy linden.

Here is our gallery which is still in progress.. If you have some great Gallery or Musuem Shop images let us know. Gallery and Museum Shop Images on Flickr

Monday, 21 June 2010

Bombay Sapphire cocktails in designer cardboard Martini glasses anyone?

Designer in Resident Giles Miller has been commissioned by exclusive drinks brand Bombay Sapphire to create a batch of pulp Martini glasses for a late night event at the V&A next month. Think drinks party with a twist at the V&A Summer party where Giles will also design a ‘log cabin-esque’ cardboard encased bar from which the Bombay Sapphire cocktails will be served. Hopefully see you there on 30 July, Friday Late: V&A Summer Camp.