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LONDON, Clerkenwell Design Week

We had a nice break from routine this week, with a design (and food!) driven visit to London. Starting off with a visit to the PINCH studio, to see what pieces would work well with the Pendel sofa which will be arriving next week. We ate London, with yum Dim Sum at Cicada in Clerkenwell, scrummy brunch at The Modern Pantry, a mean Bloody Mary at The Zetter town house (all Clerkenwell haunts), a good frothy cappacino at Exmouth Market’s Caravan, tapas at José in Bermondsey, and crab fried rice at Bill Granger’s resto on Westbourne grove. Returned half a stone heavier and with no current cravings for food from the other side (of La Manche). A trip to the Barbican, to see how Bauhaus started, grew and how it’s teachers and students lived and played… as well as a very satisfying unexpected art hit from « Waste Not », an installation by Song Dong – we highly recommend this glimpse into the history, memory and dusty cupboards of this celebrated chinese artists world.

The focus of the trip was Clerkenwell Design Week, and we saw lots of stuff we liked:

British design classic Anglepoise has just released a new range & a re-edition of their original 1932 lamp: and to celebrate their 80th birthday a new lighting range « Anglepoise duo » develops George Carwardine’s first Terry’s anglepoise lamp for 21st century homes and offices. While the 75 mini is a playful take on earlier designs. A Storie order is in, and we’ll have the lamps in store mid June.

Beautifully crafted tables in marble and wood, just wood or just marble by G & T; a collaboration between award winning British designer Bethan Grey and furniture developer Thomas Turner. Elegant simplicity and timeless design. This is a new Storie obsession.

Ceramic & wood sculpted ‘bulb lights’ by Belgian designers Fermetti for ex.t … Hand made in Italy & Belgium. This young Italian label (ex.t) strives to support upcoming designers & traditional artisans, and we love how they are doing it.

Midcentury inspired sofas by British designers Ryan. Solid beech frames with stunning selection of upholstery in Camira hemp.

Nothing obscene, just very attractive stacking metal & wood chairs made in Britain. We also like their mission « To create practical, beautiful and reasonably priced products that last a long time. »

The Italian fashion house Missoni has teamed up with Swedish design brand Bolon to create a fantastically colourful collection of woven flooring. The designs are based on Missoni’s classic patterns reproduced by Bolon using the latest weaving technology.

Money bowls by London based Latvian industrial designer, Arthur Analts. He says the objects reflect the thin line between what is deemed of as valuable, and what is value-less. His small bowls are made out of 1000 shredded pounds, and the big one from 3000 pounds. Interesting design in interesting times…..

We were grateful for a lesson in wood by Fritz Hansen. The Danish design firm gave visitors a potted history of the design, form and material of some of their best known chairs.

Last but not not least.

A refreshing take on things by Matilda, Australian design, made in Britain. We loved their Spun steel milking stools, with candy coloured seats and sustainably sourced timber legs.

If only we had more space…..

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