out and about :: east london design show

Katie | December 17, 2012

East London Design Show

I haven’t been to the East London Design Show for a long time, not since before I was writing this blog, so I thought it was high time I paid them another visit. Pitched as the alternative department store, it’s a great place to pick up Christmas gifts direct from independent designers and makers. Here are my top picks…

East London Design Show Zeena Shah

I’ve known Zeena Shah for a while now and interviewed her for the blog back in May. Her brand of optimistic printed textiles is going from strength to strength and she even recently appeared on Kirstie’s Vintage Home, not once, but twice!

East London Design Show Zeena Shah

Her gorgeous tape was flying off the shelves, and I love the grey and white Scandi-style lavender hearts!

East London Design Show Offkut

offkut produces these fabulous lighting products from reclaimed industrial wood, like railway sleepers or pier pilings, and carbon filament reproduction bulbs. I love the contrast of the urban materials and the warmth of the light.

East London Design Show Offkut

All their products are handmade in a workshop in London and their ethos is “Durable, beautiful, ethical, affordable. Design as it should be.” How can you argue with that?!

East London Design Show Lollipop Designs

I’m a sucker for a nice bit of stationery so Lollipop Designs had me at hello. I especially loved the brown paper Christmas tape, and so did everyone else judging by how fast it was flying off the stand!

East London Design Show Katy & June

More lovely stationery from Katy & June who import their quirky goods from Korea bringing the stationery-obsessed among us Brits an irresistible selection. I loved the thin wide notebook designed to sit along the bottom of your keyboard for quick notes, and the vintage style wind-up pencil sharpener.

East London Design Show Dowse

I loved these grey bags from Dowse with a choice of yellow, blue or orange handles – such intense colours. I told Susannah I was obsessed with grey, yellow and blue, and she laughed and said I was her perfect customer. I think she might be right!

East London Design Show HAM

And last but not least, HAM. I met the very lovely Jo at Pulse in May and have been a huge fan of her work ever since. The contradiction between the charming content of her images and their restrained execution is utterly compelling. I’m very excited to see what she’s got planned for 2013 – she’s definitely one to keep an eye on. (And of course, Jo is one of the mentors for the confessions of a design geek bursary.)

East London Design Show HAM

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Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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