Founded in 2010 from a gap in the market and some serious love for old-world furnishings, Judy’s founded ‘The Vintage Furniture Flea’ in our London residency, Bethnal Green. Covering furniture and homewares, textiles and electricals, the event was to be a mid-century celebration, a showcase of decoration from the fifties and beyond, all bound by affordability. After the launch in November 2010, we knew we had a hit.
Now visiting London three times a year, The Vintage Furniture Flea has seen many an accolade. Featured in BBC H&A, Timeout, Stylist and more, 2011 saw the Flea named ‘Best Vintage Fair’ according to the Vintage Guide to London. Showcasing the kitsch and the collectible [think Ercol to egg-timers] it’s one to watch out for.
Based in West London, The London Print Studio are an artist-run, not-for-profit organisation that provides educational resources in the graphic arts for artists, community organisations, education institutions and the public. I had the chance to visit it the other day and I found some nice visuals and crafted books. It is worth a visit http://www.londonprintstudio.org.uk/
After a break last year for the Olympics, the Hackney WickED Festival is back in its sixth year, designed to celebrate the area’s many creatives. Hackney Wick has the highest density of artists in the world, from weekend amateurs to Bridget Riley. With more than 350 participating artists, Hackney WickED is a good place to see nice creative stuff and taste some bits of good food. There are open studios and bigger exhibitions in the area’s galleries. The right place to have a wick-end!
In Greenwich, very close to the Cutty Sark, this unique covered market with its vibrant atmosphere and commitment to showcasing designer makers, is fondly regarded as one of London’s best markets. You can discover original artworks and handcrafted toys, fashions and handmade jewellery, delicious fresh produce and mouth-watering food-to-go. One of the most interesting galleries in the market is The Flood Gallery, a boutique gallery owned by specialists in contemporary gig posters, art posters and film posters. Some of the featured graphic artists and studios in this gallery are: Frank Kozik, Brainstorm, 67 INC, Eddie Colla, Glyn Smyth, Matt Valentine or Tim Doyle.
The Designs of the Year awards, ‘The Oscars of the design world’ showcase the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/designs-of-the-year-2013