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The Cambridge Design Show

Missed the inaugural design festival in Cambridge? Here's a round up of the best design and interior talent.

A great showcase to celebrate the talented interior, design and garden businesses that Cambridgeshire has to offer, all under one roof.  It was a one day event and if you’re kicking yourself that you missed it then here’s a round up of my top picks.  If you want to see a full list of exhibitors then you can check them out here.

I’m stiting in my pj’s bashing this post out with speed, gulping a large mug of coffee to wake me up, so that this post is waving at you when you log on this morning (I know, I’m good to you!).  Why? I attended the press evening last night for the inaugural Cambridge Home and Garden Show and I wanted to give you a sneaky preview of what’s on offer at the Cambridge Guildhall all day today.

Cambridge Guildhall

The design show is only on for one day so if you’re in Cambridge, are planning work in your home or simply want to find out about the super cool businesses that we have in this county then pop on in.  The Guildhall is the large building at the far end of the Market Square, close to the Grand Arcade and the entrance to the event is on Guildhall Street.

Workshops and Guest Speakers

There are workshops and guest speakers running throughout the day starting at 10am and the last taking place at 4.20pm.

10.00 – More than furniture – a makers tale – Loukas Morley of the Loft Life

10.45 – How to design the ideal kitchen – Katie Malik of Katie Malik Interiors

11.30am – How to Decorate – The Masterclass – Farrow & Ball

12.45pm – Architect: What, Why, When and How? – Luke Butcher

1.30pm – Style of the Wild – How to decorate your home from your garden – Bridget Davidson of Wild Rosamund

2.30pm – Inclusive Design is for everyone – Vaila Morrison of The Inclusive Home

3.10pm – A view into my steam-bend practice – Jane Crisp (your guess is as good as mine?)

3.45pm – How to make your home look expensive with clever hacks – Katie Malik of Katie Malik Interiors

4.20pm – Dining table styling – an interactive workshop – Victoria Harrison in collaboration with John Lewis

The Guilhall isn’t massive and there are two rooms packed with exhibitiors, a cafe and a presentation area.  This is not the Birmingham NEC but bearing in mind this is the first design festival at Cambridge Jennifer Chong (the event founder and an interior designer herself) has purposely arranged for an eclectic mix of exhibitors. There’s everything from the more functional aspects of design – architects, landscape gardeners, timber garden rooms, through to kitchen designers, fireplace and flooring specialists, fabric shops, shutter companies and on to your home accessories with furniture, Scandi designs, vintage finds and artists work for your wall.

Exhibitors

I’m throwing in some of the stands that caught my eye.  I must confess that I was talking so much (and gawd I can when I get going) that I ran out of time and some stands had sloped off, can’t blaim them as it was fairly late and they need to be bright eyed and fresh faced for all you lovely lot today.  So forgive me exhibitors if I haven’t included you, it’s not that I don’t think you’re fab-u-lous.

Robert Barker Garden and Landscape Design (RHS gold medal winner)

Robert Barker Landscape Gardener

I’m always on the look out for garden designers as I think it’s something that gets overlooked in house renovations or is left to the last minute when we’ve run out of cash.

Minehart

Minehart

A collection of eccentric products designed by the duo Brendan Young and Vanessa Bettaglia and other designers.  A mixture of quirky with functional and it works.  The unsual printed cowhides would make a feature in any room – they have to be seen to be appreciated.

David Hall Kitchen and Furniture Makers

Kitchen Design David Hall Kitchen and Furniture Makers

This company will design kitchens but also furniture for your home.  They’ll build tables, cupboards, music systems and they’ve even designed a wooden bath.

OpenForm Furniture

OpenForm Furniture

That’s Sebastian the designer, photo bombing!

This find was the highlight of my evening.  OpenForm has only been in business since the beginning of the year but I predict it will go far.  All the designs and furniture are made by Sebastiam, a mechanical engineering grad who wanted to use his skills and experience in a creative way. His designs are a modern take on traditional furniture with many creations taking a more sculptural approach.

OpenForm Furniture

He also has an eye for creating functionality out of vintage finds: check out his instagram for upcycling lights, cabinets and the pièce de résistance, a bar made out of a copper water tank – I WANT ONE!

Karen Jinks

Karen Junks Artist

Abstract and landcape artwork in muted and more colourful hues.  If you’re after something specific for a wall at home, commissions are taken.

Indiana

Indiana

Gorgeous homeware and textiles from India.  You won’t find Jenny on the internet or in a shop, she sells vintage throws and bedspreads, mohair blankets and cushions, all lovingly made and dyed creating beautiful on- off creations. She also sells jewellery, bags and dressing gowns and her stock is always changing.

Koti & Co

Koti & Co

Run by stylish duo Kat and Nic, Koti & Co was launched earlier this year and stocks an array of beautifully curated Scandi- styled homeware and lifestyle products. These two have seriously good taste and as designers themselves, they know a thing or two about good product design.

Mabel Fox

Mabel and Fox

Created by artist Katherine Farrell, all her designs are named after children.  The lino cut prints are based around animals – there’s Eveyln bunny, Daniel Fox and Connor Wolf to give you a taster.  Great wall art for kids rooms and Katherine is branching out into other household items as well as gift cards.

Lanai Outdoor Living Ltd

Lanai Outdoor Living

A pefect solution for the great British climate, creating more space in your home whilst allowing you to enjoy the outdoors.  Even if the weather is peeing it down you can still enjoy the outdoors without getting soaking wet. Lanai have an extensive range of contemporary glass extensions, patio awnings, canopies and open glass rooms.

Oxbow & Peach

Oxbow and Peach

Oxbow & Peach is run by school mates, Georgie and Lizzie.  They scour the country for eclectic vintage finds and their showroom is like an Aladdin’s Cave of antique treasures.  Pop in and say ‘hi’, they have great little gifts as well as large pieces of furniture.

Ask Me Anything

If you’re planning a project and need a little help Ask Me Anything is a feature hosted at the design festival allowing vistitors to sign up for free 30mins consultations with industry professionals. You’ll need to sign up for a slot when you arrive and it’s on a first come first served basis.

Novi

If you’re throwing your clothes on and crashing out of the door to get to this event (if not, why not) then coffee will be waiting, and I mean seriously good coffee, as Novi have a pop up cafe at the Guildhall event.  What are you waiting for?

Cambridge Home and Garden Show, Guildhall, Market Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ, camhomeshow.com

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