We always try and make it to the famously good annual Osborne & Little sale at the Battersea Arts Centre, as you really can score some fabulous bargains. There will be a wide selection of fabrics, wallpaper, cushions and ex-display curtains on sale, all hugely discounted (up to 75% off normal prices), by Osborne & Little, Nina Campbell, and Lorca. It’s handy too that there’s a special late night opening till 8pm this Thursday (6th March), so you can go after work. Just a word of warning - it’s so tempting that you might find yourself – like us in previous years – coming away with lots of unplanned purchases.
Being half-Swedish, we’re rather partial to the iconic Swedish design house, Svenskt Tenn. Set up in 1924 by Estrid Ericson, it sells everything from furniture to fabric, the most famous of which bear the prints that resulted from collaborations with the Austrian designer Josef Frank. The results are classic but fresh (my grandmother has candlesticks bought 50 years ago that look just as modern now as they did then) with a bright, colourful vibrancy to them. You can get the full range at their newly renovated shop in Stockholm (see our guide here) but there is also a mini selection at Liberty’s furniture department which sadly, they have decided to close down. The silver lining though is that there’s a closing down sale which is currently 20% off and, from 4th until 30th April, up to 30% off which, as prices for Svenskt Tenn aren’t exactly cheap, makes these Scandi classics rather more affordable.