CONCRETE: BRUTAL or BEAUTIFUL? Talk, demo & workshop. 1st March.

We are delighted to be holding our first talk, demo and workshop in the Simple Shape Studio on Thursday 01 March.

Please join us and the supremely talented designer-maker, Jack Havelock Bailey, founder of HAVELOCK STUDIO, for a small, intimate and easy-going talk, demo and have-a-go workshop on the material that Jack is a master of: CONCRETE. [tickets just £8, all details below]

Concrete Egg Cups

Concrete Egg Cups

Origami Concrete Paperweight

Origami Concrete Paperweight

date / THURSDAY 01 MARCH
location / SIMPLE SHAPE STUDIO, ASHBY MEWS (behind 106 Manor Ave), LONDON, SE4 1TE
time / 7pm - 8:30pm
tickets / To book a place, click here CONCRETE TICKETS. Tickets cost £8

Jack will talk about his concrete designs and the vagaries, complexities and excitements of working with concrete, a material that is cold, industrial and practical but also buttery soft and in the right hands (Jack's!) extremely beautiful.

PLUS, you will have the chance to get your hands (only a little bit) dirty when you mix and pour (using one of Havelock Studio's molds) a concrete piece of your own to take-away.

Origami Concrete Coaster

Origami Concrete Coaster

Jack established Havelock Studio after graduating as an architect in 2013. He has applied the rigour of architecture and his own unrelenting eye for considered design to the pieces he makes. Using a material that is widely considered to be 'brutal' Jack works to ensure that every element of every object is scrutinised, purposeful and aesthetically perfect.

Tickets are £8 and include drinks, posh crisps and the chance to hand-mix and pour a concrete object to take away. 

Origami Concrete Trivet

Origami Concrete Trivet

The Simple Shape collection of Havelock Studio work will be available to buy.

SIMPLE SHAPE'S 14-DAY HOLIDAY GUIDE

DAY FOURTEEN: An Alternative Pudding for Christmas

This is the very end of our Holiday Guide...and it's an edible entry for the last one.
I'm sure that everyone has a folder or notebook of collected recipes, favourites that have been enjoyed and passed on, a book of 'edible heirlooms'. In mine there is this dogeared one for Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding. We first had this almost two decades ago (good god I'm so old) when we ditched traditional Christmas dinner for an alternative menu. It was loved by everyone. Now, instead of being a renegade pudding it's become quite a tradition in our house at this time of year. 

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Rich, aromatic, incredibly simple and super delicious pudding.  What you need and how to do it...

Ingredients:
300g Panettone
20g butter
3 eggs
100g caster sugar
250ml double cream
500ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g amaretti biscuits
1 orange (optional)

Minimum ingredients, maximium taste

Minimum ingredients, maximium taste

Well worn; Grandma Wendy's Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

Well worn; Grandma Wendy's Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

Method:
- Heat the oven to 160° 
- Slice and butter the Panettone
- Put the buttered Panettone into an ovenproof dish
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together, then add the milk and cream and the vanilla extract to form a custard
- Pour the custard over the Panettone
- Cook for 30 mins until the custard has set and
- Crush the amaretti biscuits and scatter over the top and add some orange zest if you like

Y U M

Y U M

SIMPLE SHAPE'S 14-DAY HOLIDAY GUIDE

DAY THIRTEEN: Wrap Party

We have a Christmas Eve wrapping tradition in our house. It involves mulled wine, Sellotape and the seasonal viewing of 'Elf'. Each to their own I guess. We also always have good wrapping paper...(sometimes we mix up the nice stuff with simple brown paper, sometime we add greenery (eucalyptus, lavender, that sort of thing) and then we tie up with string).

Esme Winter Patterned Gift Wrap, £3 per sheet

Esme Winter Patterned Gift Wrap, £3 per sheet

There is real consideration, thought and research that goes into the Esme Winter patterned papers that we have in the Simple Shape collection. Their designs give a nod to mid-century whilst remaining contemporary. Each one of these strong, bold patterns are designed and printed in England. It's simply impossible for your gifts not to look good!

Best handwriting; Gift Tags, set of 6 £5.50

Best handwriting; Gift Tags, set of 6 £5.50

Tying on the tag is easy...but you might need to do a calligraphy course to do justice to these gold tipped beauties.

Gold tip; Palest Pink Gift Tags, set of 6 £5.50

Gold tip; Palest Pink Gift Tags, set of 6 £5.50

'Pebble' Patterned Wrapping Paper, Red, £3

'Pebble' Patterned Wrapping Paper, Red, £3

It's been (errrr) interesting trying to do this. I don't know a lot about dogs. But I do know that gift wrap, string and a puppy will make for a fairly bonkers Christmas day!

Furry Helper; the only picture where the string WASN'T in his mouth. 

Furry Helper; the only picture where the string WASN'T in his mouth. 

SIMPLE SHAPE'S 14-DAY HOLIDAY GUIDE

DAY TWELVE: Fun lies ahead...

Term is ending, jobs are finishing, parties are happening, the anticipation is ramping up...it's just 10 days until Christmas Day.

Double the fun; Cinematype Alphabet Postcards, £20

Double the fun; Cinematype Alphabet Postcards, £20

Stationary. I love it. And this, our box of Cinematype Alphabet postcards, designed by the Scottish design studio Tom Pigeon, ticks all the stationary graphic-design-geekery boxes. They make great gifts but are also a great gift to yourself - they're nice to have for the 'thank you' notes you might need to write if you play your cards right!

Times Square

Times Square

Date check; Perpetual Calendar £25

Date check; Perpetual Calendar £25

Get ready N O W

Get ready N O W

Ho Ho Ho

Ho Ho Ho

Boxed set

Boxed set

SIMPLE SHAPE'S 14-DAY HOLIDAY GUIDE

DAY ELEVEN: The smell of Christmas

We are almost mid-way through the month and if you haven't had any mulled wine yet, you'd better be quick before the moment passes. That's it. A whole post on mulled wine. Not because I like red wine you understand, but because the smell is so so Christmassy. Inhale. 

Impossibly pretty Star Anise

Impossibly pretty Star Anise

Last December I helped myself to a Jamie Oliver Mulled Wine recipe and shared it on the Journal (click here for the recipe). This year I'm revisiting the recipe and I've been filling the kitchen with cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

Star Anise goes for a swim

Star Anise goes for a swim

You understand this is about the beauty of star anise and the smells, don't you? 

Oranges, spices and warming wine.

Oranges, spices and warming wine.