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An Interiors day in … Clerkenwell, London

May 16, 2011

Start your day with a coffee at The Modern Pantry on St John’s Square.  On the ground floor there is a lovely light airy cafe decorated in a simple style – plus flying ducks on the wall!  The Modern Pantry’s philosophy is the desire to please and excite the palate by fusing everyday cooking with modern ingredients – a great place to start the day.

Moving onto Clerkenwell Road our next stop is Boss Design, a specialist in the contract seating market.  With a wide variety of seating to suit any environment I particularly like the Tom, Dick & Harry range shown below, a collection of 3 chairs with very subtle differences that would either work together or on their own, a selection of colours and styles would give a great look. Onto St John Street where you will find Toto, a Japanese company that is now one of the leading manufacturers of sanitary ware in the world.  This is the place at the forefront of toilet technology, their signature Washlets include warm water cleansing, air drying and even a heated toilet seat! All the products in the showroom are beautifully designed, as is the showroom which features lots of natural wood and a calm environment.

Time for lunch so I would suggest the excellent pub The Slaughtered Lamb found on Great Sutton Street.  The interior has a shabby chic look to it, with a mixture of old and new seating, some sofa’s and a large bar area – and features some interesting wallpaper.  I would recommend the hearty Fish and Chips for lunch with a pint of beer from the local Camden Town Brewery.  I think this pub will definitely be busy during Clerkenwell Design Week!

Next stop is Desso flooring also to be found on Great Sutton Street.  The company manufactures a wide variety of flooring for both residential and commercial use including aviation and sporting uses, their clients include Arsenal, Virgin and BNP Paribas.  They are the first carpet manufacturer in EMEA to adopt the Cradle to Cradle® design where products are made from pure components that are easy to disassemble to create new products – very Eco friendly!

Take a shortcut down Berry Street back onto Clerkenwell Road to the fabulous furniture showroom of Vitra.  All the products here are developed in Switzerland by combining the company’s engineering skills with the brilliance of international designers.  Their goal is to create products which are highly functional and aesthetic life expectancy, something so important in today’s throw away society.  This is the place to buy the Charles & Ray Eames chair you have always wanted.

One final stop because every good home deserves a fabulous kitchen.  For over 60 years Bulthaup have been creating kitchens and one of their three London showrooms is located on Clerkenwell Road.  The system b3 kitchen shown below is the perfect investment kitchen with a styling that will never date, and precise German engineer that will never fail.

After a long day in showrooms a nice dinner is needed so stroll round the corner to Portal on St John Street.  Deceptively spacious from the street (Dr Who’s Tardis springs to mind) the restaurant is a modern Portuguese restaurant with a dining room that opens up into a lovely glass box, and continues out to provide courtyard dining.  A treat at any time of the day the dining room has a magical feel when lit in the evening – and is the perfect place to finish your Interiors day in Clerkenwell.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2011 11:58 am

    Love it! Now just wish I was there!

  2. May 18, 2011 8:14 pm

    With the Clerkenwell Design Week on next week how timely is this. Thank you, will make navigating my way around much easier!


    • May 18, 2011 8:25 pm

      It’s a great area Karen, and Design Week is a great place to explore it – there are so many great showrooms! And places to eat 🙂


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