So we went along to the East London Design Show held at the Shoreditch Town Hall which not only gave us the opportunity to explore that part of London but gave us an excuse to check out more of London’s finest designer-makers and their work (possibly even some last-minute Christmas shopping!)…..and boy did they exceeded our expectations! Here’s a wee look at five fabulous designers we met that day who I must thank for letting me take photos of their fabulous work! :) There’s some SERIOUS amount of work, detail and commitment behind a lot of their work and I must applaud them all for that!!
Designer-makers that caught our attention:
Katy & June – if you have a thing for stationery, like i do, then you’re bound to feel like you’ve stepped into stationery heaven when you come across these beautifully designed stationery and gift products which have been carefully sourced (as they are all about quality!) all the way from Korea. Set up back in 2007, this lovely duo have been doing exceptionally well selling fun and practical products that include notebooks, cool sticky memo pads, cards, calendars, badges, gift wrap, decorations, totebags……you name it, they’ve got it! And they are all pretty darn reasonably priced too…so be warned, you may actually struggle to restrain yourself from buying EVERYTHING off them! Nevertheless, do have a look at their online store and see what tickles your fancy! ;)
Ros Shiers is a London-based illustrator (with an impressive portfolio of clients!) who creates some fantastic prints and homeware that incorporate inspirational quotes and lyrics using a mix of beautiful typology as well as her detailed hand-drawn illustrations which were my personal favourites. She had ones with a series ‘afternoon-tea’ delights, vintage cameras, perfume bottles, lipsticks etc. Being a keen photographer, I couldn’t resist buying a print of the vintage cameras which I’m now looking for a suitable frame to put into! So if you would like to check any of her work yourself, then visit her website or follow her facebook page.
Noodoll – well where do I even begin with these lot?! Lets begin with a little about them before I start raving about how much I LOVE their stuff! (I was even impressed by their business card that was 10times the size of a standard one! :P) Created by designer YiYing Wang from Taiwan, Noodoll was born from what was once her Masters project at Central St. Martins that came about from wanting to fuse both eastern and western cultures into a truly unique medium…….and this she delivered ever so successfully! Not only has she made a lucrative business out of her cute, fun and charismatic characters, she is also an established author with a few published books…..not a bad CV, eh? So as for her products – well, they range from stationery and toys, to gadget holders and books…and there really is plenty more!! She’s even collaborated with other like-minded designers and illustrators here in London to create her ‘Noodoll’s Friends’ range. So there you have it! You can see why I (like so many other folk) have fallen in love with these fun and fuzzy creatures! I highly recommend you checking out her website and if you fancy buying something you will be pleased to know that they deliver pretty much anywhere around the world or you can find them stocked at a few different places on this planet – click here to see whats nearest to you. If you would like to read a bit more about her here’s an interview featured in Life.style.etc or simply follow her on either facebook or twitter. Enjoy!
Snowden Flood is a interiors accessories designer (who by the way, now has a studio and shop at the OXO Tower in London) with a range of wonderful homeware products that depict rural scenes and urban landscapes not to mention the idea of souvenirs and keepsakes being the main source of inspiration. You may have seen some of her lovely products, mainly the fine bone china mugs, cups and plates with iconic london landmarks (the Battersea Station is a popular one i’ve been told!), stocked in places like Paperchase, British Museum in London and The Lighthouse Shop in Glasgow. So if you want to browse through some of her products visit her website, or follow her on facebook , twitter or even pop along to her new riverside shop if you’re in London!
Zeena Shah is a lovely, charming and talented textiles designer based in the East End of London who, after working in the fashion and interior design industries, decided to launch her brand ‘Zeena’ that specialise in hand-printed textiles and homeware. As you can see in the photos I took below, a lot of her products have a lovely warm, homely and Scandinavian folklore vibe to them. Her products range from cushion covers and home accessories to gift wrap and tape bearing a lot of her delightful designs! All her work are designed and handmade with love from her East London Studio (and home) where I’ve been told she holds workshops to encourage the art of making lovely things to all like-minded creative folk. Have a look at her stuff on her online store or follow all her antics on her blog. Well I hope that’s given you all a good glimpse into the world of awesome designer-makers. Enjoy browsing through their websites, blogs, what not and hopefully you’ll find something or two to spruce up your homes or even find some last-minute christmas pressies. xx