Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

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CDW has just drawn to a close and was particularly engaging this year. They really raised their game by including live music in the street, shop openings, lively evening receptions and a good schedule of design talks. I feel lucky to have such a happening festival on my doorstep!

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I’m quite excited by the new Mater shop/showroom as it’s filled with lots of lovely Danish design pieces, and as an added bonus is within walking distance of my flat! They timed the opening well, to coincide the first day of Clerkenwell Design Week. Check it out: https://materdesign.com/

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Today was the press preview for the V&A’s latest exhibition – The Future Starts Here – which explores the role of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. The museum has brought together a really thought-provoking collection of tech, including a solar panelled shirt that can charge your phone, a driverless car, a cot that automatically rocks your baby to sleep, and a robot that does your laundry for you, à la The Jetsons! Greenpeace staged an inventive protest on the street outside the museum, with female engineers dismantling a diesel VW car to raise awareness of Volkswagen (sponsors of the show) being the only car manufacturer still producing diesel cars. The future is electric people.
12 May – 4 November at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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On our recent trip to California we flew from Heathrow and stopped off at Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionist Cafe. I had read the reviews before we arrived, raving about the fish and chips – and I can confirm that they live up to the hype! The chips were crisp on the outside and fluffy inside and the batter enveloping the fish was so light it was like a tempura. During the Easter holidays children also can eat for free, and my eldest loved the Willy-Wonka-esque popping-candy ice cream. We are looking forward to our next Heathrow flight, just so we can return here! http://www.theperfectionistscafe.com/menu.php

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Last week I was invited to a press lunch celebrating Universal Design Studio’s pavilion for London Design Festival. The concept behind the design was repetition, so fittingly we were taught the art of Japanese sushi making – from Hoso-Maki Zushi (thin rolls) to my favourite – Ura-Maki Zushi (inside-out rolls). Hopefully the pavilion, created as a partnership between Universal Design Studio and The Office Group, will find itself a permanent home in London. It’s a beautifully delicate structure, yet able to withstand the elements with its barely visible roof. Here are the fruits of my sushi-making labour!

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This wonderful exhibition currently at the V&A museum in London examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. It includes over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition. Although perhaps a little more room could have been dedicated to the original Balenciaga garments (which are given as much floor space as his influence on contemporary designers) overall, it was a really inspiring showcase of a fashion designer using his intellect to explore female dress. The show is on until the 18th Feb 2018 and tickets cost £12.

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The lovely London bookstore South Kensington Books are now stocking Elvis Style! I popped in this week to sign copies of the book, so if you’re in the area please do swing by, pick up a copy and support a great independent book shop:

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