Grown weary of the well-trodden Christmas retail path? Well, tune your radars into East London – more precisely Hackney Road – this weekend, for a pop-up dose of designery retail respite. There’ll be no hoards of moronic shoppers, who seemingly only get let out once a year, no bumper Christmas gift boxes rammed with items you’ll never use, at 500% the price of the individual items if bought separately, and (probably) no painful Christmas one-hit-wonders compilation CDs playing on loop.
What there will be, is three local fledgling designer/makers showcasing their wares in an intimate, and rather lovely, setting. Dalaton-based Greg Cox will be showcasing a number of products, including his signature coffee tables which juxtapose dark wood with coloured laminate surfaces. Guy Brown and Don Herd – aka Room 9 – will be showing off the playful furniture, lighting and accessories that they hand make in their Stoke Newington studio; whilst James Tattersall introduces his beautiful Plan Desk, and his Six & Eight Boards – skateboards printed with beautiful William Morris patterns, a collaborative project with printmaker Katy Goutefangea.
Open until 16th December at 270 Hackney Road, here’s your chance to grab a seasonal gift with real honesty and value – and a welcome opportunity to indulge your eyeballs in some delightful work from talented young designers. Just don’t blame us if they’re playing a dodgy Christmas CD.