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Rebus, Signet Rings & Emmet Smith

One of the great things about London are all the little centres that make up this great city. SEEN was in Leather Lane, which itself is part of Hatton Garden, London’s great gem and jewellery quarter. In a sort of way it’s a microcosm of life here; precious metals and gems comprising so much of …

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Barber & Osgerby: Forecast at the London Design Biennale 2016

SEEN was delighted to attend the preview of the London Design Biennale on Tuesday and was dumbstruck by the magnificent Forecast which dominates the courtyard of Somerset House. Sadly it was not windy – a shame, as Forecast is a wind-powered installation created by award-winning designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in collaboration with the V&A, supported by British Land.

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The New Way to Shop: MADE.COM

If, like SEEN, you don’t want the faff of visiting innumerable furniture shops looking for that one perfect piece, then have a look at MADE.COM, for bespoke or designer furniture from the manufacturers either through their website or at their flagship retail space at 100 Charing Cross Road, a short walk from the heart of the capital’s furniture district on and around Tottenham Court Road.

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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.