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A brief but glorious burst of designer goodies

It’s a showcase for talented designers – and a boon to Christmas shoppers

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A brief but glorious burst of designer goodies

December 06 2010
Dominic Lutyens

The Temporium, a hip, two-storey concept store that pops up in Knightsbridge from December 9 to 19 only, should prove a godsend for talented designers looking to showcase their wares this Christmas. “We’re providing designers with an entrée into London’s high-end shopping area at a prime time of the year,” says co-organiser Deborah Spencer.

There’s plenty of prestige attached to this event: it’s organised by three very well-connected movers and shakers on London’s design scene – Marcus Fairs, editor-in-chief of cult design blog Dezeen.com (which receives 1.7m visits per month), Spencer, who ran several well-attended events during the London Design Festival last September, and Alice Breed, UK consultant for De La Spada.

The Temporium should be as much of a boon to potentially harried Christmas shoppers. Here, instead of negotiating the crowds in a rammed department store to track down that perfect gift, they’ll find on-trend, stylish fashion accessories and homeware at their fingertips. And, says Spencer, “We’ve purposely selected lots of small items suitable for Christmas.”

These are varied enough to cater to different tastes. Those who favour the understated will be drawn to Miranda Watkins’ Martini cocktail set (first picture, £333), the ultra-pared-down Uniform Wares 200 Series watches stocked by Fairs’ retail venture, Dezeen Watch Store (second picture, £215 each), and Another Country’s day bed (third picture, £1,450). Those with an eye for the more ornate will prefer Lee Broom’s Decanterlights made from reclaimed decanters (from £295 each) and Fiona Paxton’s chainmail-like Trent necklace (£162) – ideas that, while a little flamboyant, avoid looking remotely bling.