Review: East London Design show

I visited the East London Design Show last weekend and it was full of fantastic last minute gift ideas for Christmas. The show is one of the largest of it’s kind in London, with over 100 independent product designers exhibiting their wares.

Here, I list my favorite products from the show:

People Will Always Need Plates – A unique tableware and textile range using technical elevations of iconic British buildings.

PLATE sunhouse‘Sunhouse’ plate by People Will Always Need Plates

Let Them Eat Cake – Beautiful, tiered cake stands created from vintage china. With designs ranging from romantic to the eccentric, you will find one to suit even the most discerning gift recipient. They also provide a bespoke service – you supply them with your treasured family china, and they create your very own heirloom.

Blue stripe Delight‘Blue Stripe Delight’ cake stand by Let Them Eat Cake

Plate sortingPlate sorting by Let Them Eat Cake

Clothkits – Making it easy to sew your own clothes and toys from scratch. A great activity for kids and adults alike. Clothkits collaborate with other well known local artists and designers, resulting in a vastly appealing collection of products to make at home.

house and birds ‘House and Birds Kit’ by Clothkits

Miller Goodman– Stylish and fun, the ‘Playshapes’ range is made from 74 geometric wooden shapes, which can be endlessly arranged. When playtime is over, the shapes are stored away in their very own unbleached cotton drawstring bag.

Play shapes‘PlayShapes’ by Miller Goodman

alp – alp is a design studio led by Swiss born, London based Annick L Petersen. Highlights from her homewares collection include white linen cushions with red stitched satin text, and plates with the same design. The text is inspired by Edith Piaf’s ‘La vie en rose’.

alp cushions Cushions by alp

alp plates Plates by alp

Fabrications – ‘Re-think rubbish’ gift wrapping kits combine the Japanese art of ‘Furoshiki’ with vintage head scarves and fabric bows. A sustainable alternative to wrapping paper.

Rethink rubbish, Gift wrapping kitGift wrapping kit by Fabrications


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Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.