Retail Night- Belfast Design Week 2016
Well Belfast Design Week is officially over for 2016. I managed to help out a few events including the 25 Pop up Event in Blick Studios on the Malone Road where local, and further afield, designers provided their stock for a pop up shop ranging from cardboard catapults and radios, prints and cushions to jewellery, hats and sunglasses. I came home with 2 new prints for the spare room!
But let me talk you through Retail Night which took place on Thursday, luckily you don't have to wait a full year to visit these great shops but they are extra special on Retail Night!
5 shops (4 of which were home ware/interiors shops) took part and extended their opening hours to 9pm to celebrate all things design. Here I run through the shops as I dashed round them making sure I didn't miss out on anything (apart from the complimentary drinks- the problems of being designated driver)
I started on Lisburn Road at Maven, you may have heard me mention this shop just the once or twice, safe to say I'm a big fan! With tunes on and the offer of a beer and brownie (big applause to Sarah from The Little Pink Kitchen for those delicious brownies) there was a great atmosphere and I got to have a nosey round the cool home wares. I mean, they even manage to make a toothbrush look cool! Call in here for subtle grown up feather Christmas baubles and gift sets by Danish brand HAY.
Next up is Kiln and Loom on the Ormeau Road, since Retail Night the shop has announced it will be closing on 23rd December but fear not it will still be online! Again I had to decline a friendly beer but I got to check out the special Retail Night offers in store which included Starling jewellery buy one get one half price and all books were half price. Picked myself up a copy of Belfast on a Plate which is the perfect coffee table book full of tempting offerings from Belfast's best restaurants. Hunter Paper and Co. Christmas cards are available here and there's plenty of choice for gifts from succulents to Donegal woollen throws.
After this I headed into town to the launch night of Studio Souk's new premises on Ann Street. It was so busy and stupidly I may have purchased some bulky candle holders from Sostrene Grene next door so I was slightly hampered trying to take any photos and drink my Skinny Prosecco (finally!) The shop is full to the brim of locally made homewares from art- both original and prints, hand poured candles to cushions hand crafted in the 2 floors of studio space upstairs. Spotted these lovely little Christmas bags at the till and got to meet the lovely Aly Harte (feature coming up soon!)
Onwards and upwards to Atelier Design on Wellington Place, a hidden gem for contemporary, eclectic interiors. They have a great selection of Designer's Guild wash bags which would be perfect Christmas presents and are selling fast. I love the Christian Lacroix for Designer's Guild cushions. The store has a great section of homewares for the design conscious and furniture sourced from France. It also boasts an interior design service for that extra bit of creative help.
And that brings me to the end of a very busy day! It goes to show just how much Belfast has to offer at the minute and great to see shops outside the centre getting invloved, there's something for everybody and every budget so get yourselves out and about to enjoy it. I'm already looking forward to next year's design week! #BDW17