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Must visit – London Design Festival

Celebrate another year of fantastic design with exciting exhibitions, installations and talks at the London Design Festival. The Tate Modern, Bankside will play host to this year’s landmark project designed by architects dRMM – the Endless Stair, a series of 20 Escher-like interlocking staircases made from a hardwood timber. The festival will also be welcoming two new districts for you to explore local talent – Chelsea Design Quarter and Clerkenwell Design Quarter. Runs from 14th – 22nd September. www.londondesignfestival.com

Impressive wooden feats – Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2

Wood – natural and renewable, one of the oldest resources on earth yet one of the most modern of building materials. With the use of technology and innovative cutting and carving techniques, this beloved of materials has been given a new lease of life and is now being incorporated into the most stunning of architectural creations, some of which have been beautifully captured in a new book, Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2. You’ll be pretty amazed at the ingenuity of the featured architects and their just as impressive wooden feats.     Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio. £34.99 at www.taschen.com

Style and substance

Never have we wanted gin so very desperately. If you can find someone deserving enough this Christmas (hint: yourself included), the Gordon’s Ten Green Bottles Limited Edition collection brings together just the right measure of both style and alcoholic substance. Designed by Sir Terence Conran, each of the 10 incredibly fetching cotton fabric bodies, which have been hand-stitched around the bottles, are inspired by the story of the Conran brand itself. Each print even has its corresponding limited edition number cleverly incorporated into it. As well as taking home the bottles which come packaged in a Sir Terence Conran hand-signed gift box, you’ll also be the recipient of a piece of artwork – an A3 print featuring the corresponding design. But they won’t be around for long at all – there are only 10 sets of the limited edition collection available. Get them exclusively at Selfridges for £425 (70cl bottles). If you miss out or if it is out of the price range, there is an additional Ten Green Bottles collection featuring smaller Conran-designed fabric …

Mission: Possible – interior design shopping at your fingertips

If you have ever stayed at a hotel or dined in a restaurant and fallen in love with a quirky chair or a statement light fixture, you needn’t scour the earth to track it down yourself, there is an online service that will do it all for you. Created by Isabel Rutland, Discover & Deliver, allows you to ‘shop’ the very pieces you’ve seen in some of the world’s best design hotels and restaurants yourself, from Claridge’s in London to the Mondrian Soho in New York to The Water House in Shanghai. ‘These hotels are like the catwalks for the furniture industry,’ says Rutland. The concept was born after the realisation that much of Rutland’s inspiration when trying to furnish her own home (on a budget), came from some of the hotels she had stayed in herself. ‘Being able to bring in accents of design enables people who can’t afford a whole sweep of interior changes, to get a step closer to the design they would want in an ideal world. It is about being …

Must Read – The Package Design Book 2

There is real art behind creating a witty and inspired piece of packaging and it is an art form that is rather underappreciated. But a new book collated by the Pentawards, The Package Design Book 2, celebrates some of the best creations that have come out over the past two years and across 30 countries. Bringing together all the Pentawards winners, there are over 400 works featured along with fascinating insight into the inspiration and creation behind the designs. If this marvel of a book doesn’t get the creative juices flowing, nothing will. £34.99, www.taschen.com