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Smartify App Launches at the Royal Academy

SEEN was fortunate enough to attend the launch of the Smartify app at the Royal Academy recently. Will Dallimore, Director of Public Engagement at the RA, welcomed us at a time of great transformation. They’ve had a huge construction project going on, which means that there will be a 70% increase in new public space …

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Type Tasting: Do We Judge a Wine by its Label?

As part of the London Design Festival, typography expert and Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman is refreshingly keen to make typefaces accessible to all, raising awareness of how labels are constructed to tempt us to their contents. She has teamed up with Laithwaite’s wines to create a unique experience for Londoners interested in design and drinking fine wines.

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Kikki.K: Quirky London

Fans of Swedish Kikki.K’s stationery will already know that they have a delightful London range. All your iconic London symbols, which is to say Tower Bridge, the Tube, Big Ben, the Big Wheel, the fast-disappearing Red Telephone box, the London Bus… they’re all here in traditional red, white and blue, yet they seem fresh and light with none of the usual heaviness you associate with tourist tat.

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The Design Museum: Shop Heaven

SEEN has always felt that a visit to any museum in this fair city is incomplete without a trip to the gift shop. Whether you’re buying a handsome book, some fabulous piece of art or just a postcard, there are many treasures to be found and the Design Museum is no exception, even as it moves from Shad Thames to spectacular new premises in Kensington High Street.

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The Big Names Behind Iconic Designs: Barber & Osgerby and Jonathan Ive

You may not be familiar with their names, but SEEN’s sure that you know their designs.
From the first piece designed in 1997 in their studio in Trellick Tower, London – the Loop Table, current leading British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have produced two of the most iconic contemporary British designs: The London Olympic Torch, and the ₤2 coin, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground in 2013.

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perching stools

A family of three comfortable stools for flexible use, ideal for our healthier, mobile lives. Hand-stitched leather saddles over a simple wire frame, make for friendly, helpful companions to any occasional seated situation.