Brompton Design District preview

'Brompton Design District' held the conch today with a preview of its Spring/Summer 2011 homeware collections, and a little bit of Christmas celebration thrown in too. If you're familiar with the area, you'll know it is pure window shopping bliss with shops like Butler&Wilson, Theo Fennell, Oka and The General Trading Company all snugly situated - certainly not a place for fast-lane Oxford Street commuters.

So, after my morning interviewing a man about a house in Camden (and a brief latte/laptop stop at Starbucks #livingthecliche) I headed down south. I scooted (not literally) around Margaret Howell, The Conran Shop, Skitsch, Few and Far, Sub Zero & Wolf, Mint, Smallbone of Devizes, Skandium and Divertimenti. Here are a few highlights...

Marimekko at Skandium was all about bold colour. 'In pattern, it's all very flower and nature orientated,'  Maria White from Skandium told me. 'And stripes are still very popular. Bright orange and yellow, orange and pink and blue and white are key colours in fabrics, glassware and accessories.'

At The Conran Shop, David Perez, Kitchen and Dining Buyer said: 'Silhouette patterns are a strong trend this Spring/Summer 2011 - so are vibrant block colours with bold pattern. On the other end of the scale there's also a real 1960s vibe for classic, natural pieces that are easy to change with the seasons.' Check out the characterful silhouettes on  The Conran's Shop exclusive new Thornback&Peel aprons and tea towels below.

At Skitsch, there was a strong wood and glass theme where 'nature can be brought inside the home or melt into the surroundings'. Skitsch has lots of tactile pieces, such as the wood lamp by the Campana Brothers, made from solid teak, which can be adjusted into two positions and used indoors or outdoors. Colour and natural wood finishes team well in its range of AKA chairs too.

Mint is always a joy to visit, complementing contemporary design with its unique pieces of ceramic, glassware and furniture. And today was no exception - although I did get sidetracked by a tray of mint tea and baklava. #eyesbiggerthanmystomach

My final stop was Few and Far, which features a seasonal and personal collection by Priscilla Carluccio, where frosty white accessories battled it out with punchy colourful gems.

But, rather than worrying about next year, the shop was in full swing for the here and now with a 'The Curiosities of Christmas' open day, with workshops with Billy Lloyd throwing his pots and Wild at Heart making stunning made-to-order wreaths. While admiring the unique mix of accessories on display, which sees items such as a 1930s French coffee pot next to a range of textured porcelain crockery, I sipped Prosecco and nibbled on goats cheese and quince jam on Polaine run and raisin bread. Yum. Nevermind all these trends, I've got this great idea for Christmas canapes...

By the way, check out The Conran Shop promotion at on 18 Nov 2010.

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Emily Peck, Editor

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