November 30, 2012 7:27 pm

Barometer: design

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Presents for kids can be cute and stylish
cushion, mittens, hippopotamus toy, bunny scissors and clips desk tidy, toadstools

Clockwise from top left: Hand Screen Printed Fox cushion in Burnt Orange, Robin & Mould, £17.96,; Jo Gordon Children’s mittens £36,; Hippopotamus toy, £29,; Bunny Scissors and Clips Desk Tidy, £20,; Nanna Ditzel toadstools by Snedkergaarden, £340,


A-Z print by Charlotte Trounce

The line-up: Art for children

A-Z print by Charlotte Trounce at Smug

Smug’s tiny boutique in Islington’s Camden Passage has an eye for the knowingly and humorously bourgeois, as you would expect from its name. It has some witty prints suitable for a child’s bedroom, including this limited edition, by illustrator Charlotte Trounce, of old-school gymnasts contorted into the alphabet, £25.;

“Old and Young VII, 2012” illustration by Quentin Blake

'Old and Young VII, 2012' by Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake: New Etchings, Lithographs and Drawings

Unlike his famous illustrations for Roald Dahl, the images in this new Quentin Blake exhibition are not designed to keep company with another’s work. These are personal, unseen drawings, quizzical, charming and occasionally dark.

“Old and Young VII, 2012”, is £4,000 plus VAT; prints are £400-£800. From Dec 12-Jan 11, Marlborough Fine Art, London W1,

screen print by Made by Morris

Made by Morris

The No.9

With its cheerful red paint, the Routemaster bus has seemingly everlasting appeal (an old No.9 is still running through London’s heartland as a “heritage route”). The spirit is captured perfectly here in this screen print by Made by Morris. There is a London Guard in the same series, plus cards, tea towels and even deck chairs with different designs. £30,

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