I've never used a guide book so much. It's got me to great shops, and I've discovered some great pieces and good prices. The unexpected bonus is that I've discovered so many parts of London I would never have contemplated ever visiting. I know and enjoy London so much more as a result and have learnt a knew way to discover cities: pick a theme and tour on that basis.
The London Design Guide shows you where to go to get the best design in town. The books covers furniture, lighting, glass, textiles, tableware, contemporary prints, art and objets. The focus is on contemporary design, but it also includes where to find vintage originals. From design shops and galleries, to museums and bookshops, this guide reviews the best of the best of London's design scene.
The book is divided into chapters on each design-heavy neighborhood in London, and has maps, photos, and restaurant listings for each district. There are walking routes of the best shops in each area prepared by a design savvy local. The book has everything you need to know to explore the city's creative scene. The design hot spots include Chelsea, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell and Shorditch, but there are listings for places across the whole of the capital.
The guide has been meticulously researched and written by the design commentator Max Fraser, and there are 10 specially commissioned essays by leading design professionals discussing aspects of the design industry, from production and retail, to collecting and salvage. The book is a terrific resource for anyone interested in design in London. My only criticism of it, is that it is printed in such a tiny font, that I found it difficult to read. The London Design Guide is a snapshot of the design scene today, a celebration of creativity and a practical tool for Londoners and tourists alike.
A wonderful, pocket-size guide that is small enough to take around with you as you explore London. This compact, colourful book is organised by London's design neighbourhoods (primarily central and east) and includes highlighted maps with detailed descriptions of design shops and studios worth visiting. I've particularly enjoyed the recommended walks at the start of each chapter, written by local designers including Tom Dixon, Lina Kanafani, Bradley Quinn, etc. - I've discovered new areas even in my own neighbourhood from these adventure walks! They're a great way to spend a weekend day exploring this incredible city by foot. Plus, the restaurant recommendations under "Eat & Drink" at the end of each chapter are dependable and worth trying.