Father’s Day shopping Event

 Design Essentials are delighted to be hosting another one of our popular shopping events in plenty of time for Fathers Day. The event will feature.

1. Complimentary Wine and Cheese.

2. The launch of OLSA a new collection by textiles designer and printmaker Sara Booth  who will be present to chat to you about her work.

3. Exclusive 20% off all our Life of Riley luxury leather collection.

wine trunk

4. Gift ideas for a variety of Budgets.


5.  Exclusive offers available only on the day.

6. Free gift when you make a purchase

7. 10% off any full price purchase on the day  ( excludes offers ) by emailing and attending or by joining the event on Facebook here.


Shopping Event

Thursday 14th May.



Where   13 Market Hill

Saffron Walden


Cb10 1hq


Valentines Shopping Evening at Design Essentials

Design Essentials are delighted to be hosting a Valentines shopping evening which will feature.

1. The launch  of Becky Creed’s lighting and home accessories 2015 collection

2. Life Of Riley’s exclusive sample sale with Luxury leather gift items perfect for him and her which can also be personilised.

3. Complimentary wine

4. Special offers on the night.

5. Gift ideas for a variety of budgets.

Shopping Event: 15.30pm- 20.30pm

Thursday 5th February 2015

Where: Design Essentials

                13 Market Hill

                Saffron Walden

                 CB10 1HQ


Sunday 8th February 2015

Where: Design Essentials

Time: Normal opening hours – 11am – 3pm

Life of Riley

On these days we  will be holding an exclusive sample sale of luxury leather products by Life Of Riley for Design Essentials customers,  friends and family. Men and ladies alike can prepare for the upcoming Valentine’s Day with choice from the range of beautiful, unique leather gifts.

cufflink case open

men’s leather cufflink box

ladies jewellery and watch box

ladies’ leather jewellery box

Becky Creed

Becky Creed is a local designer specialising in handmade home accessories. Becky was shortlisted as a finalist by The Lighting Design Association for the 2014 Delight In Light  competition.  Her work focuses on using vibrant colour and recycled materials. In particular paper and cardboard. Becky’s brand new collection of lights and vases are made from her unique paper based material.



So come along enjoy a glass of wine with friends and enjoy exclusive offers on the night of the Shopping Evening. We’ll also be offering a  free gift with every purchase over £30 for the first 20 customers.

Make sure you join the event on Facebook for exclusive offers.

Follow @wendyhowell1 and @beckycreed1 on Twitter or visit for more information about Becky’s work.

Early Christmas Shopping Evening

Keen to beat that last-minute Christmas shopping rush? Of course you are!  Come along to the Design Essentials Early Christmas Shopping Evening on Thursday 13th November to get ahead with those all-important presents and start enjoying the Christmas spirit.

From 5-9pm, we will be open for business and offering some incredible exclusive deals only available on the shopping evening. There will be complimentary wine (as always), and as a special pre-Christmas treat we are offering a goody bag with each purchase made on the night! A raffle draw in aid of Alzheimer’s Society will be taking place on the night, and you could be in with a chance of winning a variety of gifts kindly donated by our fellow Saffron Walden businesses. Now there’s a few ‘bright ideas’ for you…


Choose a gift for that special someone this Christmas from our huge range of unique and affordable range here at Design Essentials. For art lovers, we’ve got original prints and photographs from Saffron Walden-based creatives Michelle Thompson,  and Tony White.


photograph by Celia Bartlett

We’ve got something perfect to remember the cycling event of the year, which passed right by our doorsteps this summer. Our Tour de France range, designed exclusively for Design Essentials by local designer Gareth Wild, is sure to provide the ideal present for anyone, cycling fans or not. We are also offering amazing photography by Gareth Davies and Celia Bartlett who captured the mood here in Saffron Walden.

No Christmas is complete without some festive lighting. What better way to light your home this year than with a gorgeous turned paper light designed by Becky Creed? Available in many different styles, sizes and colours – each one is handmade and completely unique! Come and see in store for more details.


turned paper table lamp // designed by Becky Creed

One of our most popular products all year round, our This Is My Map designs make a perfect original gift for Christmas. Choose from a couple’s map, family tree or simply a personalised metro map design. Beautiful high print quality and can be framed for you in store for as little as £20 – it’s a Bright Idea you’ll wish you had sooner!

product-this-is-my-mappersonalised metro map // prices starting from £100 

Or if you’re simply looking to treat yourself to something lovely this Christmas, we’ve got beautiful handmade gifts by Katie Lynn from molten wonky and unique mosaics designed by Ann Cardwell.


anne cardwell mosaic frames // prices vary – see in store

Make sure you join us from 5pm on Thursday 13th to enjoy a relaxed evening of browsing and Christmas shopping. We look forward to welcoming some of you there!

design essentials shopping evening advert

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Seed at Design Essentials

Seed at Design Essentials: 30th November- 30th December.

Private Viewing Evening

Thursday 4th December

Designers in residence: 11am-3pm Sunday 14th December.


Throughout the month of December, Design Essentials will be playing host to an exclusive collection of gorgeous handmade home wares from Seed.

Established by mother and daughter team Gabby Smith and Ginny Blamey, Seed evolved from a share love of craft and an appreciation of simple design.

Natural fibres and textures are used to create soft furnishings, cushions, table linen, wall hangings and children’s accessories.

Come along to the Seed Private  viewing evening  and have a glass of wine with us. Gabby will  also be at Design Essentials during December, and will be delighted to help you find a unique decoration either for your own home or as a perfect gift for someone else.

Keep up to date with Gabby’s creative process and see exclusive behind the scenes photos over on her Instagram @gabsmith23

To find out more about our events, follow us on Twitter @WendyHowell1 or like Design Essentials on Facebook.

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Becky Creed Design: Viewing Evening at Design Essentials

When: Friday 17th October, 7-9pm

Becky Creed is an artist, designer and graduate with a degree in Contemporary Crafts. Becky’s current project, ‘Turned Paper Lighting’, is a range of beautiful and unique table lamps, floor lamps and pendant lighting made from recycled paper and cardboard. Driven by a love of surface pattern and colour, Becky creates unique, functional and contemporary pieces combining traditional craft processes with an experimental use of materials. Not only is the collection absolutely stunning, it has also led Becky to nominated as one of 8 finalists in the Delight in Light 2014 competition.


Design Essentials is lucky enough to become home to some of Becky’s striking and unique lighting pieces throughout October and November. Come along to Design Essentials on October 17th for Becky’s viewing evening. Enjoy a glass of wine and chat to Becky about her designing experience and the success of her stunning new collection.

If you haven’t already, like Design Essentials on Facebook or follow Wendy on Twitter @WendyHowell1

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Anne Cardwell Mosaic Design

When: Tuesday 30th September – Sunday 26th October

Key dates:

Viewing evening: Thursday 2nd October, 7.30-9pm

Saturday 18th October: Mosaic demo with Anne at Design Essentials, from 11am-1pm

Where: Design Essentials, 13 Market Hill, Saffron Walden

Come along to Design Essentials to see Anne Cardwell’s handmade ceramic mosaic designs, and select letters to create a unique and personalised gift of your own. The recipient can’t fail to be impressed with such an unusual present. We’re offering customers a chance to get two FREE letters which can be put towards the making of a beautiful bespoke mosaic gift, handmade with care by Anne.

Anne has been teaching mosaics in Saffron Walden for almost 10 years, and runs popular courses from her London Road studio on various dates throughout the year.


Anne’s book ‘Stylish Mosaics’ and her appearance on the ITV show ‘Love Your Garden’ with Alan Titchmarsh both clearly show her passion for her craft and sharing her expertise in mosaic design with others.


We have two exciting events happening here at Design Essentials. Our viewing evening for Anne will be happening on Thursday October 2nd, so come along for a browse, a glass of wine and a chance to meet Anne herself. Anne will also be holding a mosaic demonstration on Saturday 18th October, which will be a great opportunity to find out what is involved with the fascinating craft of mosaic.


Anne is our featured guest during the month of October, but already her gorgeous yet affordable creations are stocking up the shelves, so pop in today and have a look at her beautiful work. Ranging from mosaic-style pictures to beautiful hanging hearts and birds, Anne’s designs start from just £4, meaning you can impress a loved one for a bargain!

To see more from Anne, follow her on Twitter @mosaicisfun or Instagram @annecardwell.

Keep updated with all the events at Design Essentials over on our Facebook page.

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Celia Bartlett Photography at Design Essentials

When: Monday 1st September – Saturday 27th September

Viewing Evening: Thursday 4th September

Time: 7 – 9 pm

We are excited to reveal that photographer Celia Bartlett is our guest exhibitor for September. Based in the Saffron Walden area, Celia works as a freelancer, documenting everything from wildlife to theatre and events.

Celia has been taking part in the August photography challenge, which involves her taking photographs in her chosen theme of Uttlesford, and posting them on her blog every day of the month. A selection of these photographs, plus some of Celia’s wonderful Tour de France images, will be exhibited at Design Essentials until Saturday 27th September.

Join us for a glass of complimentary wine and a chance to meet Celia, as well as receive exclusive offers and discounts on the night.



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Currently At The Store: Michelle Thompson

We’re pleased to welcome back Michelle with some new prints inspired by the coming Tour de France.

End Date: Sunday 13 July

Location: Design Essentials, 13 Market Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HQ

Illustrator Michelle Thompson’s mastery of cut and paste has won her prestigious international clients including the BBC, the Royal Mail and Penguin Books. Her mixed media pieces combine collage, photography and digital techniques to create intriguing images with an iconic feel. Continue reading

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