The November Edition . . . Monthly Design Edit; What To Read, See and Do in November 2016
November 22, 2016 Philippa
Inside the new design museum in Kensington London

This month we are . . . looking forward to the new Design Museum opening in its new location in Kensington, and beginning to gather some ideas for the festive season.

Welcome to our new monthly edit, where we round-up a few of our favourite design and craft reads and share a few of our tips for interesting places to go and things to see. Although this month’s edition is being published at the end of November (we really wanted to squeeze this one in as there are so many great things going on this week!) so it really only covers the last week of November, from next month, we’ll bring you a new Edition in at the beginning of each month. I hope you enjoy dipping in and out of our selections and we’d love to hear your ideas and must-sees too, so please do share in the comments below!

Our To Do List

  1. The New Design Museum – the brand new -re-located Design Museum opens to the public this weekend and although I haven’t been inside, I’ve seen lots of pictures and it looks stunning! A must-visit for design-lovers with a mixture of temporary exhibitions and permanent collections; I will be paying a visit ASAP!
  2. Made In Clerkenwell from 24th – 27th November. This annual celebration of craftsmanship and design is organised by the brilliant Craft central, an organisation which supports and provides exhibition opportunities for designers and makers. There’s lots to see and do over the four days, including workshops by our very own Christabel Balfour as part of The Bezalel Workshops and the chance to see another of our makers’ Olivia McGill exhibit her new collection of hand-thrown ceramics. Full details are on the Craft Central website and tickets are available in advance until 23rd November.
  3. Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios from 24th – 27th November at the Holborn Studios and from 2-4th December at the Deptford Studios. If you haven’t been to the Cockpit Arts Studios before, I’d highly recommend a visit as it’s a great chance to meet makers, including Rowenna Mason and Maria Sigma who sell with us, and see where they create their beautiful work.
  4. The Tunnel of Light  – shunning the standard Christmas lights display, this year Norwich has created a striking spectacle – the UK’s first tunnel of light, at over 50m long and with 50,000 LED lights.

Our Reading List

There are so many great design bloggers and journalists whose work I love reading, that it’s going to be a big challenge to choose my favourites every month! But I’m still going to give it a go and share the things which have caught my eye. This month, here are just a few of the pieces I’ve enjoyed reading:

  1. If you’re planning a visit to the new Design Museum, or want to find out more about it (and see some more beautiful photographs of the building and its exhibits), then this brilliantly written post by Graham Powell on Design Hunter (husband of Helen, Founder of Design Hunter), looks at whether we really need a new physical museum in this digital age. It’s not really a spoiler to say that the conclusion is  – yes, of course, especially when it’s as beautiful as the new museum is!
  2. I always love hearing about new textile designers and Becky Sunshine uncovers three great finds in The Guardian this week in her piece The Joy of Textiles.
  3. I stumbled across the most gorgeous images of the modern rustic home of Kara Rosunlund from Kate Young Design’s blog on twitter and just love how rich in detail they are; the tour of Kara’s house and Kate’s blog in general are well worth a look for some beautiful and inspirational interior design images, showing how light and bright decor doesn’t have to equal cold or sterile spaces.
  4. Jenny from has written a lovely post on why we should all shop small this Christmas – a topic which is obviously very close to my heart and I just love to see other people helping to champion small makers and businesses too!
  5. I really wanted to include this great  piece by’s Katie Treggiden about Sarah Fennell, whose gorgeous work we’re lucky enough to sell on The Maker Place. It’s a great read if you’re as interested in the process of how makers’ produce their work as much as I am and I always love hearing Sarah talk about her work!
  6. It’s a bit left-field but I wanted to tell you about an actual book I’ve enjoyed this month! I still love reading real books and curling up with a good one and a cup of tea reminds me that there is a world of information outside of the digital one I spend most of my time in! My book of the month for November is Kassia St Clair’s The Secret Lives of Colour . As a life-long lover of colour (I spent much of my childhood messing about with paints, much to my parents’ joy, I’m sure!), it doesn’t get much better than a book dedicated to uncovering the esoteric facts and stories behind each one.
  7. Finally I wanted to share a piece which I have written (this is possibly slightly cheating, but I really wanted to share)! Although I have written it, it wasn’t for The Maker Place, but for the wonderful, all about my favourite places to visit in Dorset. From the best indie shops to lovely cafes and must-visit beaches, I really enjoyed writing about my local area and getting the chance to showcase some great local businesses too.

It seems incredible that November is drawing to a close next week (Christmas really is nearly here!) but I hope you’ve enjoyed my little round-up of things to do and read. If you have any tips for things to see, do or read in December, I would really love to hear about them so please do get in touch here or email me at

Thanks for reading!

Philippa x

Main Image – Inside the new Design Museum by Graham Gardner

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Comments (2)

  1. I’m hoping to pop along to the new design museum too at some point, it looks fab doesn’t it. Also keen to get along to the Deptford Studios as we’re not far from there. Thanks for the heads up #homeetc

  2. What a fabulous roundup — thanks so much for sharing Philippa! I’m off to search for the secret lives of colour on Amazon!! Cx #HomeEtc

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