More cool happenings

Half way through the London Design Festival - still loads to see this weekend. This time I'm looking at what's on in the centre and west of town.

Oiva Toikka birds at Vessel 
Just completely love these birds, always have. Such beautiful colours and appealing shapes. They are timeless. Vessel Gallery is celebrating 50 years of Finnish artist Oiva Toikka's work for Iittala with an exhibition of his glass bird Art Works (new designs for 2010 pictured). Go before they fly off back to Finland.

Lucienne Day at Heal's
The ever-popular textile designs Lucienne Day produced from the 1950s to 70s have been re-interpreted for sale at Heal's this week. Three of her landmark designs: Calyx, Helix and Sunrise will be available on a series of furniture and accessories. Go if you're hooked on retro prints. 

Kit Kemp at Contemporary Applied Arts 
Continuing the craft theme is a very tactile exhibition at CAA. Interior designer Kit Kemp has commissioned lighting, tableware and furniture from craftmakers to be used in a domestic setting. Rest assured it's a cut above knitted lampshades - we're talking high end materials and pleasing organic forms.

Among the shops and galleries which make up the Brompton Design District are a couple of rather distinguished guests: the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. This year, the former is the hub of the design festival with on-site talks and installations, and the latter is presenting seven shows on how design exists to inspire and improve our everyday lives. Definitely worth a visit to South Kensington.

Moooi showroom in London
Never one to undersell itself, the Dutch interiors company Moooi has just launched its first UK showroom in some style. If your idea of good design is a giant horse lamp then you can pay them a visit... I'm not sure whether I really like this stuff, much of it is very look at me, but when shown together it certainly has an impact. Whether these pieces have a longer story, behind the shouty headline, is another question.

Etch light production line at Tom Dixon
Round the corner at Portobello Dock is Tom Dixon's new shop where this week his team have been making the Etch light on the premises. Go if you're interested in seeing how things are made - ie before they are wrapped up in nice packaging and put on the shop floor - and you can then buy one on the spot.