Artists’ Open HouseWe of course, have a soft spot for Dulwich. We strongly believe that we have the best bread in England at Christopher’s Bakery, the most gorgeous parks to picnic in, and the most wonderful community of independent businesses to buy from. It’s our oasis in the desert. We love to promote the businesses of Britain, so let us introduce you to these wonderful designers and makers!
5 Goose Green Trading Estate
We begin the Open House stroll on what we hope is a beautiful sunny day, by visiting Blue Patch founder Jane Langley, who is exhibiting her paintings alongside Daniel Reynolds at the Ian Dunn showroom.
Jane’s paintings are based on textiles, with stitches, beads and buttons weaving across the canvas.
Daniel Reynolds’ intricate ceramic mobiles and lamps are joined by a new series of abstract paintings recently exhibited at Something Gallery in Honor Oak. Ian Dunn are bespoke kitchen and furniture makers of the highest quality and have kindly hosted this event in their workshop.
133 Lordship Lane and 125 Lordship Lane
From Goose Green, head to Lordship Lane to visit the wonderful craftswoman Sally Nencini who creates soft furnishings, accessories and toys with a nod to Scandinavian design. Although not exhibiting in the Open House, you could head into one of our favourite shops, Roullier White, to sample 4160 Tuesdays delicious handmade perfumes.
209 Friern Road
Onwards, stroll over to Friern Road to see artist and designer Anna Jacobs. Her printed lampshades, cushions and fabrics have been all the rage this year so don’t miss out on viewing her new Spring/Summer collection. At the same address, you can also meet 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble, who have created a new fabric to raise money to rebuild the derelict area of Granby, Liverpool.
151A Friern Road
Just a few doors down on Friern Road, you can find more soft furnishings and unique accessories with which to update your home.
Founder of Hokolo Jen, is exhibiting a collection of cushions, blankets and prints in vibrant mid-century designs, perfect for brightening up any space.
Nikki from Kreisdesign uses sustainable plywood for her pegboards, desk and kitchen accessories to organise the home creatively.
21 Colton Road and 74 Forest Hill Road
Just near Peckham Rye you’ll find Annette Welch, Julia Langley (curator for Blue Patch) and Anna Silverton. Annette Welch is presenting her stoneware fired ceramics in earth colours, reminiscent of natural forms.
Julia Langley, cousin to Blue Patch founder Jane, is exhibiting her colourfully pigmented prints of plants and flowers alongside Anna Silverton‘s one-off porcelain bowls and vases in contemporary colour combinations.
144 Rosedale Road SE21 8LG
Strolling to Rosendale Road, The London Chair Collective is a good place for a sit down! The London Chair Collective are experts in upholstering antique, mid-century and modern chairs with contemporary and unusual fabrics to give your space a little flair.
In SE15 (first weekend only) Beggars’ Velvet have given their range of traditional homeware and accessories including spoons, aprons, soaps a touch of literary humour.
Bird & Branch Turnery Co. Havelock Walk Studios (Jody Parry’s workshop) SE23 3HG is where you’ll meet Adam with his sustainable wood pieces – turned to perfection.
After all this, when your feet need a well deserved rest, head to Franklins Farm Shop or Blue Brick Cafe. Franklins is a wonderful shop supplying East Dulwich with a sumptuous range of ethical products, including Brambleberry Jams and fantastically brewed coffees. For those in need of a little more fuel, then head straight to the vegetarian and vegan Blue Brick Cafe, just off Lordship Lane, and grab yourself an all day breakfast – they’re truly irresistible!
Finally we’d love to invite you to…… Britain’s First Sustainable Department Store for the Day