For London Design Festival 2014 and as part of the Islington Design District, SMUG’s CAFÉ SMUG kicked off the festivities with their ‘Cocktails and Canapés’ evening on Tuesday. The café will be playing host to design enthusiasts for the duration of the festival, putting on a programme of design-led activities and workshops. Outside of scheduled events, weary walkers can also drop in for a coffee, cake and free wifi to Instagram their latest snaps.

As my palRoxanne said, "It’s very Decorenvy in here." Pastel shades and geometric shapes are all over the shop, from cute ceramic cups and vases through to patterned cushions and textiles. I immediately fell in love with the display of ceramics at the bottom of the stairs, in dusty pinks and blues with lots of lovely angles.


Lenneke Wispelway Ceramics, from £19

SMUG's two signature images - the shaggy guinea pig and the pineapple - have now been combinedin the form of signature prints and colourways as part of an exclusive collaboration with Thornback and Peel. I think this might overtake my former favourite (Pigeon & Jelly).


We all developed pretty chronic stationery envy. Available here.


Events run until the end of the festival, this Sunday 21st September, but CAFÉ SMUG is open all year round. Find out more here.