Source your Christmas presents at the East London Design Show
A major annual event in the capital’s design shopping calendar, East London Design Show (ELDS) offers a hugely refreshing alternative Christmas shopping experience to the humdrum conformity of the high street, with over one hundred of the best independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof, just before Christmas.
London’s most exciting design talent will be showcased at the ELDS 2010, being held at Shoreditch Town Hall, Old Street, from 3rd to the 5th December, with a VIP launch party on the 2nd of December and a special shopping evening hosted by Time Out on Friday the 3rd.
This year the event is hosted in association with notonthehighstreet.com, who will also be hosting 2 awards: best NOTHS member at ELDS and best newcomer at ELDS . Hidden Art will be running their annual open studios event alongside, supporting 47 bursaries to Hidden Art members to show at ELDS.
Now firmly established at its permanent home, Shoreditch Town Hall, 2010 promises to be the most exciting yet with exhibitors already confirmed from as far away as Spain, Korea and Japan, as well as the usual unusual mix of local and national designers.
ELDS is the event to discover tomorrow’s talent today, with over 38 new designers- many launching products, alongside superb design from established and respected designer makers - in glass, ceramics, jewellery, women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, children’s clothing and toys, stationery, home-wares and furniture. So why not join them and take advantage of special show offers and make a day of it!
As well as all this, there will be a dedicated create space for all ages, a play area and a Café bar from the wonderful people at The Waterhouse.
CraftHouse: come and hang out in the cosy sitting room with a bit of tea and cake and help create a huge knitted paper chain which will grow throughout the show.
Workshops to include:
Fabrications: sustainable gift wrapping service using vintage scarves, recycled Christmas decoration workshops, snowball tree decorations, knitted candy cane tree decorations, special crafty Xmas decoration kits. Clothkits: launching a new toy to make at the show and something groovy for the grownups.
Janie Lawson; Fascinator workshops - free with the purchase of one of three different kits £5, £10 and £15.
Creative Charlie Come and get in the festive spirit with Creative Charlie, who are back to host the ever-popular ELDS kid’s workshops. This year the theme is Christmas decorations, and there will be lots of beautiful Farrow & Ball wallpaper and design inspiration to create fantastic recycled baubles, stars and birds to take home with you.
Admission costs £5 for adults, concessions £3 and accompanied children 15 and under are free.
Pizza East: A Runaway Success!
Nick Jones seems to have the Midas touch. Of course, most of us were already familiar with the Soho House founder’s talent for hospitality before Pizza East arrived, but any lingering doubters out there should visit for a meal.
Few could convert a bacchanalian Shoreditch nightclub, with its Friday night outflow of wired and tired revellers, into such a cavernous, stylish and popular pizza restaurant.
Drawing inspiration from Los Angeles favourite Mozza Pizzeria – and its devout commitment to produce – the concept is based around thick, chewy ciabatta pizzas in settings as carefully thought-through as the toppings.
“It’s inspired by but not based on Mozza Pizzeria,” says Pizza East general manager Kelly Taylor.
“The pizzas here are more geared for the European market – they’re chewier and have thicker bases rather than crisp, thin ones.”
The menu elevates a food now synonymous with the mid-market sector to a much more innovative level. Gone are the pepperonis, Fiorentinas and Hawaiians, replaced by altogether more inventive options – such as clams, tomato, oregano, garlic, chilli flakes and pecorini (£12), or the almost over-bearingly rich duck sausage, artichoke, Parmesan and boschetto al tartufo (£13). The most popular by far, and now something of a signature pizza, is the veal meatballs, prosciutto, sage, lemon, parsley and cream (£12).
Everything, says Taylor, is assiduously sourced. The deli manager, who buys all the meats and cheeses, came from the River Café, so knows her pecorino from her paglierina. A design-it-yourself meat and cheese board, available to share as a starter, arrives with a pick of 12 different cured Italian meats and cheeses such as lardo, speck and gorgonzola dolce (all £4).
Elsewhere, starters – in Taylor’s words – mix rustic with more modern ingredients, and beg, borrow and steal ideas from around the Mediterranean. There’s a mackerel escabèche with lentils (£4); lamb meatballs with tomato sauce (£5); wood-roasted mussels with a garlic and fennel aïoli (£4); or a hearty remake of the Fergus Henderson dish of wood-roasted bone marrow with radish, parsley and bread (£7). And among the desserts, it’s worth mentioning the salty-sweet masterpiece that is the salted chocolate caramel tart (£5).
Seasonality plays a big part. As we speak, the girolle bruschette is making way as the mushrooms die down for the winter, with tastings taking place to move on the ever-evolving menu.
The food, naturally, forms the backbone of the operation, but as you might expect from a Soho House site, design is also paramount. With its stripped wood flooring, exposed concrete pillars, tiled bar areas and large hanging lights, the urban-meets-rustic-front-room feel that the group conjures up in its private members’ clubs is transposed wholesale to the cavernous interior. Seating 200 on a mixture of communal benches, tables and bar areas, a Saturday evening might see the restaurant do 600-plus covers.
Behind the scenes there’s a 15-strong kitchen brigade, with a production line of seven on pizza duty – two kneading and stretching the bases, two on toppings detail, two working the oven and one slicing. One concession the restaurant makes to the large number of covers is that dishes arrive as they come – although waiting staff are briefed to check this is OK at the outset – so starters may well arrive at the same time as pizzas and so on.
The group’s choice of Shoreditch as the setting for Pizza East is something of a no-brainer. Shoreditch House, the group’s huge private members’ club, is a stone’s throw away, while the vast swathes of twenty-somethings that the area attracts are a perfect clientele. It all comes together perfectly – the buzz, the setting, the food – but then no-one ever really expected anything else from Nick Jones and his stable, did they?
DayFour’s Ulysses II coming soon!
Your favourite photographic gallery theprintspace is proud to present another incredible exhibition, opening here next Thursday 2nd December.
Prestigious annual photography magazine DayFour will bring their latest project, Ulysses II to the gallery in what promises to be a fascinating show of human life.
DayFour believe in the philosophy that we should have a three day working week, a three day weekend and one day to work on a project of our own, that we are passionate about.
In the sequel to their 2004 project Ulysses, DayFour asked 37 contributors based around the world to take one photograph on the hour, every hour, from when they woke up to when they went to sleep on 29th June, 2009.
The result is a mixture of the weird and wonderful – an interesting and honest insight into the boredom, excitement, loneliness, love and beauty of daily life.
Ullysses II will open at theprintspace gallery with an opening night you’re all invited to on Thursday, 2 December 2010 7pm-10pm (refreshments will be provided) and continues until 5 January 2011 Monday-Friday 9am-7pm (except for Christmas, 25 December – 3 January). Admission free.
You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here.
The opening of another trans-Tasman café in London won’t raise any eyebrows among coffee enthusiasts.
Emigrés from Down Under have done more than their fair share in the battle against grainy instant and scorched espresso in the past few years, so it’s not surprising that one of the region’s larger coffee roasters has now made the foray into our competitive market.
Allpress is already a well established purveyor of single-origin whole beans in New Zealand and Australia, which places it somewhere between ‘boutique’ and ‘corporate’.
These premises in the arty artery that is Redchurch Street houses the company’s new roastery and café. It feels very ‘Kiwi’ inside: plucked music lilts from the speakers; the design is all clean lines and natural materials; and the staff’s optimistic dispositions could force a smile from even the most jaded Londonder.
The large roaster sitting proudly in the window is enough to stop fixed-gear passers-by in their tracks. We could be in Ponsonby here, the hip district of Auckland that can stake a claim to be the birthplace of the flat white.
The food menu feels very ‘Aotearoa’ too - creative and (to us) quirky dishes include a boiled egg, avocado and tomato breakfast plate and imaginative Italian sandwiches (piatta cavolo nero and fontina, or salt beef coleslaw with Russian dressing, for example). Pastries are baked in the glass-fronted kitchen.
Brewing equipment includes a La Marzocco machine (Allpress specialises in espresso) and a much-coveted Marco Uber Boiler to ensure fraction-of-degree accuracy in water temperature.
This is a company which is serious about coffee, and it shows in the drinks: a single-origin Sumatran filter and the signature ‘Redchurch’ blend espresso were both spot-on. All the varieties of beans are available to take away to grind at home.
As a bean wholesaler, Allpress is entering a competitive market dominated by established London roasters such as Square Mile and Union Hand Roasted, but as a place to eat interesting café food and drink superb coffee, it’s already a winner
Soho House Group has some seriously tempting offers that might even get Santa off his sleigh over the festive season, so forget being armpit deep in stuffing this year, pack it all in, and let someone else take care of the trimming…
Take the hassle out of Christmas and stay at Shoreditch Rooms. Shoreditch’s many shops, bars and galleries are on your doorstep, while central London is just a tube ride away. Enjoy special room rates between December 24 – 28 inclusive.
With the 26 rooms classified as either Tiny or Small, you know what you’re getting into at Shoreditch Rooms. Except that they are actually slightly larger than what you might expect. Pick one of the four Small+ and you even get a small private balcony.
The rooms themselves are well-designed, in a retro beach cabana-inspired style, minimalist but with plenty of eye for the detail (for those needing additional clutter, there’s a “Borrow Me” selection of vintage books, games and other goodies for free guest use by the lift). All plenty nice, except that you won’t – or rather, shouldn’t – be spending much time there.
Forming part of Shoreditch House, London’s hottest members’ club, guests are granted access to all member facilities, including the fully-equipped gym, its hotspot bars and restaurants, and the posy rooftop pool (better use the gym before considering a dip). Located near Hoxton’s hipster bars and itself being the epicentre of the Shoreditch creative scene, Shoreditch Rooms may well be the best accommodation deal in town.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the reservations desk on (0)20 7739 5040.