Inspiring places: Tent London, London Design Week 2014

Hi All,

I’m sure all of you who are into design managed to visit at least one event organised within The London Design Festival.

As I was very busy at work, I could only do one thing and my choice was Tent London situated in The Old Truman Brewery in East London.

I’m glad I did. It was very hot there (no air-con uff), but it didn’t stop me to hunt for new up-an-coming designers.

There were so many exciting designs but I thought I’ll share with you my top 8. I’ll write about others in the next month or so.

Tent London, LDF14, Textile designers

I love eye-catching textiles, so I was drawn to the following:

  • Emily Humphrey (great design debut; character polka print was my favourite, but I love how she mixes tradition with contemporary trends)
  • Lorna Syson (for the birds)
  • Witch&Watchman (for Amazonia wallpaper and the bespoke lamp)
  • Flock (for promoting young textile designers and colour)

Tent London, LDF14, Inspirations, designers


Whilst exploring the collections, I came across two special projects that are worth mentioning here.

The first one is Designing Polska (for personal reasons), and the second one Tokyo Imagine (totally amazed me).

Designing Polska at Tent London, London design Festival 2014, illustrations and posters

Designing Polska (Design in Poland) was carefully prepared to showcase a mix of Polish graphic designers and illustrators. The exhibition was organised by and curated by Olka Osadzinska. In my opinion, it was a great overview of Poland’s finest young talent mixing tradition and modernity.

Designing Polska at Tent London, London design Festival 2014

The exhibition features  works of such artists as: Anna Niemierko, Michał Łojewski, Filip Pągowski, Zupa Grafika, Joanna Gorska and Jerzy Skakun, and Magdalena Lapinska, and many more.

Tokyo Imagine amazed the audience with its creativity and technology. We are talking here interactive design and art, and even augmented and virtual reality.

Tokyo Imagine, Tokyo designers week London 2014, augmented reality, virtual reality

If you want to know more, please check the following: Arart and Dance in the Rain. It does work, and it’s incredible!

Let me know what were your favourite bits at Tent London and The London Design Week.



Inspiring places: Art hotel Atelier sul Mare, Castel di Tusa, Sicily

I love design and art, so was thrilled to be able to stay at Atelier sur Mare during the Sicilian leg of our Italian road trip this summer (check #italianroadtrip on secretgardenhome Instagram).

Atelier sul Mare, front of arthotel, Tusa, Sicily

Atelier sul mare, reception area, arthotel, Tusa, SicilyAtelier serves as a museum of contemporary art as well as a unique hotel where guests can immerse themselves in masterpieces and creativity by staying in one of forty specially designed art rooms. Each room has been created by a different artist and evokes an array of emotions by using different materials, colours and textures. Each theme is special and takes a guest for an incredible journey.

Atelier sul mare, artrooms

The experience is not for those who seek a standard hotel experience. You won’t see there a TV, mini bar or a hairdryer.

Atelier sul mare, art rooms 2

Each shower room will surprise you, so be ready to look for a light switch. Atelier sul mare is an adventure itself.

Atelier sul mare, artrooms 3

The location is simply beautiful; the picturesque beach is in front of the hotel and the mountains surround the area. Very relaxing and inspiring place.

Atelier sul mare, beachfront, Tusa, Sicily

My favourite room was definitely The Prophet room created by Antonio Presti (who also made the greatest open air park of sculptures in Europe Fiumara d’Arte), Dario Bellezza and Adele Cambria.

The Prophet room, Atelier sul mare

If you go to Sicily, instead of heading to overcrowded Cefalu, got to Castel di Tusa and submerge yourself in this Sicilian gem.

Have you been to Sicily before? Are you familiar with Atelier sul Mare?




Photography: secretgardenhome and Tomek Sawko. Thank you Tomek for letting me use your camera.

Stylish and practical furniture from Unto this last

Hello Dear All,

Can someone stop the rain? I suppose one has got an excuse to lie down, read and relax (big smile).

Just wanted to show you a new addition to our living room from Unto this last. I wrote about them before, and I’m very pleased with my purchase. Especially, that the magazine rack was free (compensation for a delayed order).

Unto this last living room furniture

Do you like what you see? I thought it was a bargain.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Inspiring places: V&A Museum on Friday night

Hello All,

How is your weekend going so far?

Yesterday after work, my friend Charlotte and I decided to finally pay a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is located 5 mins from our office.

Victoria and Albert museum by night

The museum was established in the 19th century, and is currently known for the astounding collection of art and design.

The entrance hall will impress you immediately with the Bocci chandelier designed by Omer Arbel. You still have few weeks to see it.

Also, the other one made of glass by Dale Chihuly is eye-catching.

Bocci chandelier and Chihuly light V&A museum

The place itself is magical, and you can find yourself being lost there whilst immersing yourself in art, photography, design…I love it! You could easily spend there hours without realising.

We came across an excellent installation (a stage set showing an apartment belonging to an elderly architect) created by two contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Worth exploring, and it’s free!

If you feel like reading more about art and design, make sure you visit the National Art Library. I would imagine studing there would be delightful. What a space!

The National Art Library

Have you been to the V&A before? What is your favourite part?

Have a lovely weekend.



Inspiring places: King’s Cross station

Hello hello,

What an awful weather we are having in London. Winter is coming!

Few weeks ago I wrote about Camden and Granary Square. If you happen to visit North London, make sure you won’t skip King’s Cross station and its surrounding bars and restaurants.

I would encourage you to pop in to Drink, Shop & Do, a quirky cafe bar where you can have a cake or a cocktail, or both; as well as learn something new e.g. how to do vintage hair& make up or how to swing.

drink shop& do

If it’s not your cup of tea, head for tapas to really cool bar and restaurant Camino (thank you Ros for introducing me to ‘The life and soul and tastes of Spain’).

Camino tapas Kings Cross

Tasty and reasonably priced tapas, and industrial decor with eye-catching wall art, even in the toilets, make it an inspiring place for after work drink and snack.

Camino tapas wall art

Have you ever been to any of these places? What did you think?


Inspiring places: Clerkenwell Design Week

Hello Everyone,

We’ve got a sunny morning, and, I don’t know about you, but I’m straight away feeling full of energy despite running around like a headless chicken recently…

Those who follow my Instagram have noticed that I managed to visit the Clerkenwell Design Week over a week ago.

It’s a second time I dragged my friend Tomek (happily modeling for me haha) to an interior design show (check our previous adventures at East London Design Show).

Clerkenwell design week

Clerkenwell Design week took place in The Farmiloe Building absolutely beautiful industrial Victorian ex-warehouse located at the Smithfield end of St John Street. The exposed wrought-iron beams and brickwork, and large glass paneled offices make this landmark a perfect location for any interior design show.

There were many things that caught my eye, but I decided to focus on lighting and show you my favourites.

CDW favourite lights

1. Great use of metal Mambo Unlimited Ideas.

2. The industrial bulkhead lights were great. Check Holloways of Ludlow.

3. For colour Toby House

4. Tied-up pendant lamps from Vitamin living

5. Banksia lights from Luminosity. Origami and lights are on trend.

6. Do you remember my living room light? I was very pleased to see Kaigami at CDW.

7. Great Scandi design from Showroom Finland.

8. A bit scary, and not my style, but definitely eye-catching by Servomuto.

For more info about Clerkenwell Design Week, please check what Katie wrote on Confessions of a Design Geek (an offical blog partner of CDW).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!