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Very Sanderson exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Very Sanderson exhibition

2010 is the 150th anniversary of Sanderson and an appropriate time for the Very Sanderson retrospective exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 

The exhibition looks at their wallpaper and textile designs from 1860 up to the present day and so acts as a visual reminder of tastes in interior decoration, from Arts and Crafts, through to Pop and the current retro revival. The company has worked with a massive array of talented designers over its history and the exhibition includes work by people like Christopher Dresser, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Lucienne Day, Zandra Rhodes and Pat Albeck. The recent success of Fiona Howard's Dandelion Clocks design is also included in the exhibition. The array of patterns in the show are sure to inspire a spot of interior redecoration in your own home.

The exhibition is on until 13 June 2010 and entrance is £6.50 for adults. 

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Categories / Design and Interiors

Treehouse fabric by Alice Stevenson


Though this Treehouse fabric is a contemporary design by Alice Stevenson, its skeletal pattern looks like it came straight out of the 1950s and the sketch book from someone like Lucienne Day. The design is from the St Judes stable and is made of two colours – the grey on grey option is shown but it's also available in faded red on grey – printed onto 250 gsm linen, perfect for making up curtains or loose covers. 

The fabric costs £44 but if you are feeling a bit lazier St Judes sell ready-made cushion covers in this design. 

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Categories / Books, Design and Interiors, Shops we like

Heal’s: 200 Years of Design and Inspiration book

Heals 200

Much loved store Heal's will be celebrating its bicentenary next year and will be celebrating in a number of ways including the publication of this limited edition book, Heal's: 200 Years of Design and Inspiration. The book contains an account of the history of the store, illustrated with material from their archives. The likes of Terence Conran, Lucienne Day and the famous Heal's cat from the Tottenham Court Road store should all get a mention on its pages. 

With its gold edged pages and black fabric binding, the £25 seems pretty good value but if you'd like to know more before committing to a purchase, extracts are currently available on their website. 

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