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Floors of Stone handmade tiles

We love a good stone floor or wall, but it’s not often we can find something that is unique,  handmade and well, beautiful. However, Floors of Stone and Hannah Livesley have launched their collection of handmade ceramic tiles and they really are rather stunning.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Visionary Golf for LDF

Get your wallets out people- LDF want you to help them kickstart their brilliant idea to have a crazy golf course take over Trafalgar Square during LDF this September- Visionary Golf.

Visionary Golf

Visionary Golf

For 1 week only the square will be taken over. Paul Smith, curator and ambassador for the project, will transform the steps from the National Gallery into a riot of different coloured stripes, topped by a neo-classical clubhouse that echoes the museum, but has a turf roof and putters for columns.

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The late Zaha Hadid designed an undulating course with two levels that traces the shadow of Nelson’s Column, whilst, Camille Walala’s installation, will bring the kaleidoscopic colour of her signature designs to a dynamic 3D landscape.

Camille Walala

Camille Walala

Other holes include Tom Dixon’s, with its funnel and nest of pneumatic tubes through which golf balls will hurtle; a circuitous maze by Mark Wallinger; a netted driving range by the Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow; and a cross-section by Ordinary Architecture of a giant pigeon, through whose gut golf balls will travel.

Tom Dixon Crazy Golf

Tom Dixon Crazy Golf

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Conversations at Clerkenwell

One of CDW’s best bits is the activity, parties and talks that take place across the whole festival. And this year is looking no different with CDW2016 having just released some huge names onto the schedule. Here we pick the top talk that we don’t want to miss, from each day.

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Fireclay Tile’s Triangles

We are rather fond of tiles and more and more brands are adding to their existing ranges with fun, patterned and textured options. They are easy to clean (good for us) and can completely change a space. By adding a patterned tiled floor or wall, you can keep the rest of your scheme very simple.

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American brand Fireclay‘s slim Scalenes and versatile Right Triangles (available in 3”, 4” and 6” sizes) can be applied in a wide range of patterns— create diagonals, stripes, squares, pinwheels, chevrons and more.

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It may take a little more time and work to actually get those little shapes up onto the wall, but they look perfect when done. We would see this neutral mint and green as a splash-back in a simple, toned-down kitchen.

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The new shapes will be available in 100+ colors. They’re great to make a room feel different and thought about and can be installed in all sorts of mad geometric patterns. Don’t get too mental though. Cou veer towards  a horrible geometry class otherwise. 
For more info, click here.

Luxury Made

We love finding spaces in London that have rarely been used and LuxuryMade have found one. Heralding a new, highly selective approach to luxury design events, LuxuryMade takes place within a unique setting, some of which has been hidden from public view for over 20 years: Olympia’s Pillar Halls.

With just over fifty of the very best manufacturers showcasing contemporary decorative and luxury furnishings, furniture, fabrics, lighting and accessories, LuxuryMade is set to be a new focus for exceptional design and inspiration during LDF 2016.

The Pillar Hall, a sumptuous banqueting room with richly moulded marble Corinthian columns and decorative ceiling and the Upper Pill Hall – a previously hidden gem with faded grandeur, once the UK’s first electric cinema. Both LuxuryMade spaces were constructed as part of the original Olympia site opened in 1886 as the ‘Princes Apartments’ and amply demonstrating the frame of grand Victorian Architecture.

The show will sit alongside the long-running and hugely successful 100% Design, meaning Olympia will become a go-to destination for the best in interior design.

Fore more information on LuxuryMade, click here.

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