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Invites are on our mind this week as London Design Festival fires up, here are a few we’ve stumbled across that we just love!

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These beautiful illustrated covers of British Vogue from between 1909 and 1940 are from The Art of Vogue Covers, showcasing work by Harriett Maserol, Helen Dryden and Eduardo Benito to name but a few. Absolutely stunning – even without an appearance from Kate Moss.

As found on the inspirational blog Miss Moss

These willy wonka-esque still lives are by artist Wendy Van Santen. If only sweets really did grow on trees like this…

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again; Minimalism is hot right now. As if any further evidence was necessary, just look at how Mud ceramics and high street trend setter COS have both picked up on muted pastel tones and clean lines. Cool as a cucumber.

Ptolemy Mann is a textile artist whose hand dyed woven designs have established her as one of the UK’s most diverse textile designers. She is a member of the Global Colour Research UK’s colour trend prediction panel and contributes to textile magazine Selvedge. Ptolemy’s work encompasses fashion, furniture, architecture and art, and most recently has created a range of home accessories for John Lewis. Read the rest of this entry »

If you like an inspirational quote, look no further than these fabulous prints designed by Matthew Kavan Brooks. Available from society6 as prints, t-shirts, cards and i-phone cases, you can wear and display them too.

Nic, Picture Editor

Off-beat and original, we’ve always loved the work of print mavericks Eley Kishimoto, famed for their zingy designs and colourful palettes. Good news then for our floors, as Aram has once more collaborated with the fashion studio to bring us a brand new rug collection featuring some of their signature prints during London Design Festival and London Fashion Week.

Kate, Editorial Assistant

Minimalism isn’t to everyones tastes, but who can fail to love Jil Sanders‘ witty yet chic take on the handbag? Models at the AW12 show were sent down the catwalk clutching what looked to the, ahem, untrained eye as paper lunch bags, branded with a discreet logo. Although made for the Men’s collection, we’re sure many women would love to sport one being so much more practical, not to mention functional, than a tiny clutch bag. These also come in soft leather and in other shades, but if it’s a cardboard bag that’s caught your eye, you can get your hands on one for a rather controversial £175 at oki-ni. Just don’t get it wet.

We’re loving pink with orange right now, this palette conjures up sunsets in sunny climes…

It might be a bit much combining all these things, but the Midhurst sofa from Sofas and Stuff  is oh-so covetable in Manuel Canovas’ pink and orange ikat. Meanwhile. The Rug Company’s handwoven cotton dhurrie in Udaipur Orange (left) radiates the same warmth. If you don’t want to live in an orange and pink sunset though, just pick up an accent of it with Madeleine Weinrib’s orange and pink ikat cushion (right).

With the Olympics reaching fever pitch it seemed like perfect timing when we came across these fantastic collages by German artist Jens Ullrich, who beautifully combines the motion and adrenalin of the athlete, with the calm perfection of classical sculpture. For one instant the roar of the crowd disappears and the athlete becomes immortal; time stands still and gold, silver or bronze don’t seem to matter anymore.

Amy, Style Intern

As the team behind Livingetc, the UK’s leading magazine for modern interiors, we’re always out and about, scouting for inspiration. And when we see something that makes our design minds flutter with joy, we’ll share it with you here. To purchase the digital version of the magazine, click here.

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