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Clerkenwell Design Week

May 22, 2014

May can mean many things – it’s almost the start of summer, warmer months and longer night are on the way – but for me it means one thing, Clerkenwell Design Week! Having attended the show since it started I always try to keep the days of the festival clear so I can soak up the atmosphere – and thankfully the festival is only 15 minutes from our office.

After visits on Tuesday and Wednesday this week I’m featuring a few of my favourite discoveries today. If you are heading down there today I suggest you check out these exhibitors. This is just a brief taster for some of my discoveries and we will be sharing more of my finds over the forthcoming weeks.

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It’s always good to see the Anglepoise stand in the historic Farmiloe Building – this area of the show is named Design Factory this year. A British brand since the 1930’s Anglepoise’s iconic lighting has been a part of many of our lives. Over the past years they have had some great displays at the show and this year they introduced a new interpretation of their Type75 lamp in collaboration with Paul Smith. The colour combination is gorgeous and perfect for modern bright interiors – this product is sure to become a new classic.

Over at the Order of St.John you will find Detail, this is the area of the show to find the high end luxury brands. Ginger & Jagger were only formed in 2012 but have quickly made their mark with their beautiful designed products. The new table shown below is on display and features a crystal acrylic top with a hammered brass base. With the possibility to have the top made in any RAL colour you can make this furniture unique for your home – the humble console table has never look so smart! While you are here do visit the lovely garden and rest in the super comfortable outdoor furniture from Gloster – I was there 3 times yesterday!

A new section of the show this year is Additions which is located in the Crypt on the Green in St. James Church. I found some favourites here including Victoria Eggs, Ham and my old friends Chisel & Mouse. Formed in 2011 by Robert and Gavin Paisley the company manufactures architecturally accurate models of many well known buildings. Their sculptures make the perfect addition to your own home to remember a favourite building from your travels – maybe add the Empire State building into your home or is the Flatiron Building is a favourite? Closer to home the new additions to their range include London icons Trellick Tower and Centre Point, and also Embassy Court in Brighton.

The House of Detention has to be one of the best destinations at Clerkenwell. Formerly a prison dating from the mid 18th Century it is a unique exhibition space and used by the festival for the fourth time this year. This year it is hosting Platform, this is the part of the festival where you will find new talent. Here I found Tamma Design, a young lighting studio founded by Johanna Tammsalu in Estonia. Their large scale lamps in the Solid Spin series are manufactured in a ceramic and porcelain mix and feature a high gloss glaze – they’d be a perfect above a kitchen island.

Tamma Design

Over the next few weeks I’ll be featuring more of new products and companies found at Clerkenwell including Lovely Pigeon, Custhom and Victoria Umansky. As always Clerkenwell has provided a whole new range of supplies for our interiors projects – I’m already looking forward to Clerkenwell 2015!

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