Happy Christmas design enthusiasts! At the mydeco.com Christmas party last Friday the Secret Santa sleigh was overflowing with quirky presents and original gifts for the home. But where did our Secret Santas do all their Christmas shopping? At the North Pole? Oh ho ho no.
The mydeco.com elves had zoomed round all the festive London pop-up boutiques our suppliers are taking part in, made a Wishlist longer than Father Christmas’ fluffy white beard, and then ordered everything at mydeco.com with the perk of free delivery*. How else could all those presents be delivered on time?
Watch my video highlights of the best Christmas pop-ups and eclectic homeware from our suppliers and designer-makers:
Back in October when Marcus Fairs – editor of the ever-popular architecture blog Dezeen – told me about his pop-up The Temporium, I marked it down on my calendar and counted down the days. Why? Partly because I missed it last year but more because I’m excited about Christmas and I knew a whole host of talented designers, textile artists, ceramicists and even paper eyelash makers would be displaying lovely and original gifts there!
And I wasn’t disappointed. Conveniently located on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, straight away I spotted mydeco.com supplier Another Country and had a chat with the founder, Paul de Zwart, as you’ll see in the video, above. I love their clean, cohesive, country-style aesthetic and the pottery range is simple yet very tactile. Perfect for my mum’s farm kitchen.
My second pop-up stop was right next door, where Danish designers HAY are open until January 12. HAY is primarily a furniture collection but you’ll also find a number of colourful accessories and rugs – take a look at the HAY range at mydeco.com. Their design focuses on 1950′s and 1960′s form and innovation with a contemporary twist, and this style has seen a surge of popularity in the last couple of years. No doubt it will remain so in 2012, even with 1970′s design predicted to steal some of the limelight.
The Designers and Makers at Somerset House Christmas pop-up shop showcased work by two of mydeco.com’s skilled designer-makers: Jo Davies and Liquidesign. Their products are very different from each other but they both create original, unique home accessories with a lot of character. Take a look Jo’s collection of ceramics on mydeco.com and marvel at the whorls and beautiful curves she creates.
The final pop-up shop I visited was Circus at The Tramshed in Shoreditch. This festive treat was presented by House of Hackney for a few days in late December and hosted unique British labels selling everything from giant silk cushions to fiery Bloody Mary shots. I met House of Hackney co-founder Frieda Gormley and took a look at new design Wild Card (think luxe leopard print) enveloping lamp shades, cushions and armchairs, as well as old favourites Hackney Empire and Dalston Rose.
That concludes my festive pop-up tour of London, but watch the video above to see it for yourself. And if a few things have missed your Christmas Wishlist come back to mydeco.com next week for our January sale.
*Free delivery is available until Boxing Day on all our products excluding very bulky items
Ellie was mydeco.com's fabulous Editor for three years, and is now off exploring South America. Read more posts by Ellie.