Five things to do in June

From pop-up shops in the heart of the West End to New Designers 2012 at Islington, here’s our round-up of the best design events happening in London this month
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Tables that hold plants by Puzzle design


June 20-26, 59 Great Titchfield Street, W1; 020 8993 5881;
A new pop-up shop in the heart of the West End with designers from New York, Switzerland, Jordan and the UK, selling furniture, wall decoration, homeware and more.

Buy concrete candleholders, pretty wooden stools, lamps that look like buildings, and tables that hold plants (by Puzzle Design from Geneva, pictured right)

Coffee pot by Mirjana Smith

New Designers 2012

Part 1: June 27 to 30; part 2: July 4 to 7, Business Design Centre, Islington, N1;
Spot a rising star as the best graduates from our finest art colleges display their design ideas, materials, and techniques. Part 1 is for contemporary applied art — ceramics and glass, jewellery and metalwork alongside textiles, fashions and home accessories (like this coffee pot by Mirjana Smith made from recycled tins and spouts, left).

Edwardian diamond and pink sapphire pendant
Part 2 is furniture, product design, graphics, illustration, interiors and architecture. Shop at One Year On, from 50 enterprising designers and makers who’ve set up in business in the last year.

Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair

From tomorrow until June 17, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Olympia Way, W14;
The season’s glamorous antiques event celebrates 40 years with 200 exhibitors showing contemporary art, antiques and 20th-century furniture, glass, silver, tribal art and ceramics (like this Edwardian diamond and pink sapphire pendant, c1910, exhibited by John Joseph). There are themed free lectures and a daily tour.

Cast glass sculpture by Peter Bremer


Tomorrow until June 30, London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery, 62-66 Bermondsey Street, SE1; 020 7403 2800;
London celebrates the “Glass Games” with the Contemporary Glass Society ( View glass blown, cast and/or engraved, as sculptures, panels and vessels. We like this cast glass sculpture (left) by Peter Bremer from Peter Layton (stockist details from

Rug by Christopher Farr
Glass Couture (until June 30), at Vessel Gallery, 114 Kensington Park Road, W11 ( exhibits 20 large-scale pieces by Seattle-based artist Jeremy Maxwell-Wintrebert.

After Bloomsbury: Rugs from the Omega Workshops

Open now until June 23, Somerset House, WC2; 020 7845 4600;
Set in this majestic stone building by the Thames is a show of rugs for sale organised by specialist Christopher Farr (, inspired by patterns from the famous but short-lived Omega Workshops (1913-1916) set up by Bloomsbury artist Roger Fry with contributing artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell.

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