November Journal

November is such a fantastic month. Fireworks, silly moustaches, conker championships. With so much going on, where to start? Account Director at Office Twelve Amsterdam, Violet, is an afficionado of chair design and takes us to Vitra’s new pop-up store in Amsterdam to celebrate the versatility of the plastic Eames Chair. Open from now until January 27th.

We’re also in the countdown to Christmas with retailers and e-tailers pulling out all the festive stops. More on that soon, but in the meantime here’s a round up of some of the things we’ve been talking about this month…


To all those cat and dog lovers out there, IKEA is launching ‘LURVIG’, its first range of pet friendly furniture. The 62-piece collection includes a treehouse-like cat hideaway, and a bowl that encourages dogs to eat slowly. Lurvig will arrive in the UK in March 2018.

Black Friday…

Amazon are opening a four day “Home of Black Friday” pop-up storeexperience in central London to mark the start of the festive trading period. The pop-up will be located in London’s Soho from 21 to 24 November. Things could get ugly.

Plastic fantastic

We love Vitra’s new pop-up shop in Amsterdam. Dedicated to the iconic Eames’ plastic chair, Violet’s verdict is, “It’s a great pop-up. Beautiful and simple, and unashamed in its heroing and sale of just one classic product.” 

Marks & Spencer has launched a Paddington Bear-fronted Christmas campaign called Paddington and the Christmas Visitor, which combines in-store events, cuddly toys and a charity tie-in.

The newly-released Paddingon 2 has received rave reviews, so the ad is bound to be a hit. And doesn’t everyone love a reformed baddie?

Meanwhile John Lewis dropped the first teaser trailer for it’s Christmas ad (too scary) and was on the receiving end of negative comments for the full enchilada. #Cynical

Popping-up in paper

Back to pop-ups (but of a different kind), who can fail to be mesmerised by Peter Dahmen’s exquisite paper pop-up designs? Beautifully elaborate objects unfold from the pages of books or the confines of tiny boxes.

There is something very special about man’s connection with paper. It’s been around since 100 BC, and digital will never quite do it for a committed stationery addict. #longevity

Our limited edition Screaming Woman tote bags went down a storm. If you didn’t manage to pick one up, drop us an email and we’ll send one to you! (This completely free no-strings-attached offer is valid only while stocks last. New edition coming soon.)

Here’s a gratuitous cat video on the flimsy excuse that we’ve featured Ikea’s pet furniture in this month’s journal.

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