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Christmas craft and cuisine in west London

Tom Dixon hosts a four-day festival at his quirky canalside outpost

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Christmas craft and cuisine in west London

December 06 2011
Nicole Swengley

Design-savvy shoppers can enjoy four festive days at The Dock, kicking off with complimentary Veuve Clicquot champagne and roast chestnuts at a late-night shopping evening on Thursday December 8 and concluding on Sunday December 11 with a food and wine market.

On Thursday The Dock hosts bespoke Christmas-card printing from Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop and a gift-wrap service from design magazine Wrap, with artists in situ to personalise wrapped gifts. Lighthouse Knitwear is holding make-your-own bobble-hat classes on Saturday, while The Dock Kitchen reveals culinary secrets with a fromagerie, charcuterie and Lebanese specialist on Sunday. Mulled wine, brewed and sold on site, and homemade gingerbread at Molly’s Tea Room will also spice up festivities.

Lighthouse Knitwear’s cushions and toys are hand-knitted in Scottish lambswool and merino Donegal tweed with exclusives including a round cushion (£95), poodle cushion (third picture, £110) and bobble slippers (first picture, £14.95). Other design-led gifts include hand-crafted, solid-gold and sterling-silver jewellery by Danish brand Line & Jo (fourth picture, from £40), and limited-edition illustrations, paper-cuts and art prints (from £162) by Copenhagen-based graphic design studio Oh So Fine.

Idea Books has curated a selection of lifestyle books, inspired by the 1960s to 1980s, such as the Woodstock Craftsman’s Manual (second picture, £25), while innovative gifts such as Office in a Jar (£16.50) are available from Present and Correct.

Tom Dixon’s shop is also selling his Etch lampshade (£140) and candle-holder (£30), White Beat lights (from £230) and Void mini lights (from £225), plus Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s plank-like Scrapwood wallpaper (£199 per roll), British designer Simon Hasan’s boiled-leather vases (from £76) and beautiful knitted ties (from £50), scarves and shawls (from £99) by Japanese designer Hikaru Noguchi. It’s a far cry from homogenous high-street shopping.