What To Do, See & Buy: Dedon furniture; Trekstock; Field Candy; Vincent Van Gogh; Mackinlay's "The Journey"; Street Feast
Charlie Cooper is Health Correspondent for The Independent, i, and The Independent on Sunday, writing on the NHS, medical advances, and international health. Since joining the papers as an editorial assistant, he has been nominated for young journalist of the year at both the Press Awards and the British Journalism Awards.
Saturday 27 April 2013
German furniture design company Dedon, founded by the former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Bobby Dekeyser, specialises in outdoor furniture that works just as well indoors. The Dala armchair is portable, light but spectacularly comfortable – designed for dragging out into the garden on a sunny day, but good-looking enough to occupy a permanent spot in the living room. £1,255, leisureplan.co.uk
Checks for charity
Exclusive accessories by Katie Hillier, Holly Fulton and Kate Moross are available from the end of the month at Whistles – all in aid of Trekstock, a charity supporting young people fighting cancer. The standout is a checked scarf by Fulton, with shades of her acclaimed London Fashion Week punk rock collection. £65, whistles.co.uk
Festival season is coming and it's time to get your new tent. It can be difficult finding your plot in a sea of tents while treading over the supine forms of cider-addled teenagers – so why not go for something more more conspicuous? Field Candy have a fine selection of unorthodox tents; the best of which is the "What a melon". £495, fieldcandy.com
Artist at work
To coincide with a new exhibition at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, the Folio Society has published the first-ever facsimile of the artist's four surviving sketchbooks and a number of loose pages salvaged from his possessions. With drawings in crayon, copied-down poems and everyday jottings, they provide an extraordinary insight into Van Gogh's life and preoccupations. £445, foliosociety.com
For those who like their whisky with a story behind it, there's no better bottle than Mackinlay's "The Journey". After three cases of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's original malts were found under the ice two years ago, exact replicas were created and the resulting whisky was so successful that it's been re-released to raise funds for the Antarctic Heritage Trust. £98.95, thewhiskyexchange.com
Feast in the east
Food market Street Feast took Dalston by storm last year, and clearly left east London hungry for more. Returning for a second summer residency at a new site at Merchant Yard, the event brings together the capital's top food vendors every week. Star attraction is chef Ben Spalding, late of Islington's John Salt. Fridays, 5pm–midnight, until 28 June, London E8
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