Cool happenings

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Here are some edited highlights of things happening in Shoreditch and Clerkenwell during the London Design Festival this week.
Sky Planter by Boskke
At the Old Shoreditch Station cafe/bar is a dramatic installation by Boskke and Thorsten van Elten. The ceiling is covered with Sky Planters (as featured on this blog) and the floor and walls have been taken over by giant cups and saucers, pigeon lights and other quirky objects. All are for sale in the adjacent shop No-One .

Edition Paumes at Ella Doran
Ella Doran will be launching the new book by Edition Paumes called London Family Style which snoops around the houses of 18 creative families in the city. A must for curtain twitchers across the capital.

Donna Wilson at SCP
East London stalwart SCP will be showcasing new products from its autumn/winter collection, including textiles and tableware from the prolific Donna Wilson. SCP has produced a handy map of the shops which make up the Shoreditch Design Triangle here.

Matthew Hilton at The Tramshed
The Tramshed is a new venue in East London and is this week hosting a broad selection of high-end design from big hitters including Studioilse, Matthew Hilton, Autoban, Ercol and Benchmark. Go to see what's going on at the sharp end of design, but not if you're expecting a bargain.

James Brown prints at Curate40
Curate40 Minimart is a smaller selling exhibition of illustration and print - so now - from up and comers such as the bold illustrator and printmaker James Brown. This show is one to bring your wallet to.

Lizzie Allen wallpaper at Curiosity London
Pop-up shop Curiosity London will be selling items by 17 hot young designers such as the talented screen-printer Lizzie Allen who will showcase her latest work. Again, bring your wallet.

Tent London at the Truman Brewery
Last, but by no means least, is the design show Tent London which is the place to visit for inspiring contemporary and vintage ideas. It's the daddy of the East London shows and has a big digital section.

Look out for the Lab Craft exhibition - curated by Max Fraser and designed by Tomoko Azumi - which explores craft in a digital age.

And if you're still on a craft tip and interested in things that are made not maufactured check out Origin in its new venue at Old Spitalfields Market.