Hot spots at the East London Design Show 2012

Between the Christmas parties, preparation and presents we managed to squeeze in a visit to The East London Design Show. Inside we found a treasure trove filled with beautiful clothing, furniture, stationery, art and crafts, homeware, jewellery…and much more. Here are our top picks…

As seen on Kirstie’s Vintage Home not once but twice, Zeena Shah was there with her gorgeous of range of home accessories, gifts and stationery. We especially love her parcel tape – combine it with simple brown paper for lovely presents. Her brand of optimistic printed textiles are going from strength to strength and she’s definitely one to watch.

offkut produces fabulous lighting products from reclaimed industrial wood, like railway sleepers or pier piling and carbon filament reproduction bulbs. We thought the contrast of the urban materials and the warmth of the light was a great combination. All products are handmade in a workshop in London and its ethos is ‘Durable, beautiful, ethical, affordable. Design as it should be’. How can you argue with that?

More fabulous tape from Lollipop Designs – the brown paper Christmas tape was a particular hit, as were the ink stamps, perfect for making your own Christmas cards or wrapping paper.

Katy & June import its quirky stationery from Korea and we couldn’t help but fall for the thin, wide notebook designed to sit along the bottom of your keyboard for quick notes, not to mention the vintage style wind-up pencil sharpener. Perfect gifts for the stationery nerd in your life.

These grey bags from Dowse come in a choice with either yellow, blue or orange handles – such intense pops of colour. We almost had to buy one just to carry all our other finds home.

Last but not least, is HAM. The contrast between the charming content of Jo’s images and its restrained execution is brilliant. We’re very excited to see what she’s got planned for 2013. Watch this space.

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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