Lane bring the cushions

Despoke favourite, interiors brand Lane, launches its first range of Twin Tone Cushions. The luxury cushion comes in four colourways with a contrasting colour on each side. They are made with 100% wool in tweed from Bute Fabrics, one of Britain’s most respected upholstery manufacturers from the beautiful Isle of Bute, Scotland. It follows on from Lane’s successful Twin Tone Lampshade range, which we have previously featured on the blog.

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New Designers is back

New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre for its 31st edition from 29 June – 9 July. The two-part design show reveals trends for the year ahead, presents the country’s best emerging talent and offers design-savvy public the chance to snap up their work before it hits the high street. We will be visiting Part 2 for furniture, products and interiors a well as One Year On.

 

Charles Dedman

Charles Dedman

Charles Dedman will be bringing his turner Carve chair to One Year On. As per the rules, he is in his first year of business and alongside commissions, Charles is exploring an emerging field in the design-craft industry- he calls it Craft-Tech, the theme of updating traditional processes with modern tooling.

Katie Gillies

Katie Gillies

Katie Gillies graduated from Leeds College of Art with a First Class Honours Degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design in 2015, specialising within surface and material innovation. Her projects are  influenced by Modernist architecture of the 20th and 21st Century, focusing on the form, structure and proportions of the building. From this she begins to start combining new materials and modern technology to develop and create contemporary surfaces that fit within the concept.

Ana Jaks

Ana Jaks

Ana Jaks’s colourful and pattern heavy prints come from her studio in Falmouth. Taking inspiration from the minimalist print work of the 1980’s, the pieces wouldn’t look out of place on album covers and magazines.

 

Studio Haran

Studio Haran

We are big fans of Studio Haran who keenly focus on sourcing their wood locally as well as making sure it can be disassembled to be recycled whilst producing stunning pieces of furniture.

Make sure you head down and see the next generation of interior talents, buy tickets here.

Design Market

We know we love vintage design- we just wish we could afford it. Now although we might need to save some pennies, we have a website that’s dedicated to sourcing it all so we can drool over it whilst saving.

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Summer Screen Prints

Each year, Print Club London invites talented artists and illustrators to create alternative, screen-printed posters for the films shown at Film4 Summer Screen. The film showings take place at the stunning Somerset House under a hopefully summer-star-filled sky (probably a bit of rain let’s be honest.)

Bram Stoker's Dracula Cassandra Yap

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Cassandra Yap

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Sinan: The First Starchitect

Sinan: The First Starchitect exhibition has opened in London. The exhibition, exploring 16th century Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s mastery of the art of building, from his use of ceramics to his designs of mosque complexes and urban infrastructure, is open to the public until 10 June 2016 at the Building Centre in London.

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Alan Kitching at Lettering Arts Centre

We’ve featured this exhibition before, but are big fans of Alan Kitching, so don’t mind showing some more images and bigging him up again!

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Plain English

Creative director and founder of brand Plain English, has re-designed their Blandford Street showroom. Inspired by the gentility and practicality of Edwardian design and engineering, the showroom has a pleasingly simple and easy air.

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Bespoke designs have been made to adapt to the users lifestyle with large break out areas as well as unique cabinetry that can be adapted and accommodated into any of the designs. Open shelving features, a design that was popular in Edwardian times and is popular once again.

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The showroom is a large, light-filled, open space and works well for exhibitions, most recently housing Karen Downing’s vases and ceramics.

Karen downing

The porcelain vases, bowls and pots, although beautiful are hardy can be used in the kitchen with ease. They possess a tactile quality that encourages you to use them without worrying about them being damaged.

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For more information on Plain English, click here. For more information on Karen Downing, click here.

COS x HAY Spring 2016 – Garden Collection

Two of our favourite brands are back with just the sort of gorgeous interiors offering you would expect. This isn’t Hay and Cos’ first partnership. Centered around three core categories: live, work and dine, the spring collection features a hand-chosen edit of accessories and furniture for the home in fresh shades of green, blue and pink, alongside tactile light wood and the ever-fashionable cork.

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Design saves the birds!

Common garden bird numbers have declined 20% on average since 2009- a shocking figure and one that all of us need to try and turn around. East Village, the former Athletes’ Village, alongside the RSPB, has commissioned a range of London landmark bird boxes to encourage birds back to the capital. These perfectly designed little birdboxes have captured our imagination and will be on display in East Village from 26 May.

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Tom Dixon- The Church at CDW2016

The stop off on everyone’s trail at CDW2016 was Tom Dixon’s installation at St James’s Church. The sun was out on Thursday 26th and the way the light fell into the church through the stained glass has been captured perfectly, as usual by Sophie Mutevelian, one of our favourite photographers.

Tom Dixon

Photo Sophie Mutevelian

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Bisley Makes a Wish

Bisley unveiled their unique collaboration with Acrylicize at CDW yesterday to produce a truly stunning piece of Public Art that presents Bisley in a totally unexpected form.

Bisley

They want to hear your wishes as you stand by this refreshing an truly brilliant fountain. What do you wish for @CDW2016…… get creative! Wishes could include:

·      I wish…manufacturers continue to address their impact on the environment.

·      I wish…Brompton bikes, scooters for adults and those single wheel Segways had never been invented.

·      I wish…more of London’s great old buildings would be protected against developers.

·      I wish…there was more focus on affordable, well constructed housing and less on luxury apartments in London.

 

You get the drill!

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To head to the fountain in St John’s Square just register for CDW free here.

Clerkenwell Design Week opens for 2016

CDW2016 opened today which still gives you tomorrow and Thursday to head down- beautiful! Make sure you get round the hundreds of brands that will be there, but keep an eye out too for CDW Presents– some great street installations and more.

Giles Miller

 

A CDW stalwart, Giles Miller will be there with his billboards.  Working with the concept of ‘wayfinding’, Giles Miller Studio has produced a series of large scale abstract signage sculptures. Square glass tiles have been composed to create a centralised ‘swoosh’, featured in each sculpture, designed to subtly evoke the movement of visitors to the next festival destination. The functional sculptures have been produced in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile, who are celebrating the launch of their new London Hub in Clerkenwell during the festival.

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

A unique space at the heart of Clerkenwell, Brewhouse Yard is temporarily transformed for CDW into a gateway to the area’s showrooms, sponsored by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. Two site-specific installations – designed by leading architecture practices Studio Egret West and BDP – take on the subterranean surface and elevated levels of this key public space. At the apex of Brewhouse Yard, an information point and pop-up coffee shop in association with OnOffice magazine are accompanied by temporary public seating provided by Marshalls.

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Designed and built by GSCE students, the Future of Design pavilion is CDW’s first education and community project. The project aimed to inspire more young people to take up careers in the creative industries and was developed through a series of workshops run by Scale Rule, a local collective of architects and engineers, and supported by Clerkenwell’s AKTII and Grimshaw. The project was realised through the donation of material from Hanson Plywood Ltd. and the help of Library of Things.

hakfolly

In collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood, FleaFollyArchitects have designed and created ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate. Inspired by a visit to Hakwood’s factory in the Netherlands, HakFolly is a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past.

 

Museum of making

The Museum of Making is designed by White Arkitekter with engineering from Price & Myers. Built of EQUITONE materials, with flooring supplied by Esthec Terrace the museum is a deconstructed barn and will function as a live social space dedicated to the art of making. Archival exhibits from the Museum of London will be displayed alongside the work of contemporary makers practising in Clerkenwell today. The museum will host daily participatory workshops by The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Craft Central and Thomas.Matthews.

Register for free to see these delights here.

Resident at CDW16

We are extremely excited to hear that Kiwi brand Resident will be displaying a range of new products in EC1’s famed Fabric nightclub as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.

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The show entitled “Windows Watching”, will feature products including Volley Chair by Jamie McLellan, as above-  available in a variety of upholstery finishes with either timber legs or an upholstered swivelling pedestal base.

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Odin Chair by Jamie McLellan- as above. Simultaneously humble and striking, the Odin Chair was designed to feel like an appropriate mix of both Nordic and Japanese cultures. The four die cast legs cradle the seat itself in a very pleasing and satisfying manner.

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Midnight Pendant is a spectacular feature light designed to add bold decoration to the most impressive and expansive of spaces. Its suspended geometry is constructed out of hand brushed aluminium. Shame we don’t have a big enough house let alone room, to house it.

For more information about Resident, click here and to sign up for free to CDW2016, click here.

Game Plan at the V&A

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major autumn exhibition – Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered – will be a celebration of the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.

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Title: Alice in Wonderland Chess set Artist: Robin and Nell Dale Date: England, 1983, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Baux at CDW

We have been big fans of Baux for a good few years now and are very excited to hear they will be at CDW next week.

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