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DESIGN TALKS: Clerkenwell Design Week 2012 TODAY Wednesday 23rd May


Farmiloe Building – 3rd floor conference room
4pm Design in Demand
What makes a good designer business?

Bringing together designers and industry experts to get to the bottom of what makes a good designer business and how to be more entrepreneurial in relation to business development. Chaired by Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer Design Council, with experience and insight from speakers Including Sean Sutcliffe of Benchmark and designers Paul de Zwart of Another Country and Anthony Dickens.

5.30pm Sustainable Design
In a highly commercialised design industry how can designers truly claim to be sustainable when manufacturers aim to create and sell more product as a matter of principle? Speakers including Ross Lovegrove (whose Solar Tree will be installed in St John’s Square during the festival) and Morten Villiers Warren of Native Design will fight their corner, with Lynda Relph Knight chairing.

Clerkenwell Design Week 22/24th May 2012

The House of Detention Highlights Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Despoke had a quick look around The House of Detention yesterday (going back for a proper look today) however we did find a few things that caught our eye.

First up was La BOÎTE Concept a beautifully designed docking station for your laptop with stunning surround sound available in finishes made of noble materials and a variety of colours.

Then the company with the best name Evil Robot Designs who blend graphic art with stylish design to produce furniture every guy would love check out the lamp above made of reclaimed toys .
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Bark Furniture Day SIX


Tuesday, May 22

The sun was certainly shining today on Day One of Clerkenwell Design Week. From the moment the doors opened at 10am, there was a steady flow of people and our location as the first stand was spot on. Clerkenwell maintains its reputation for bringing in a broad mix of potenial clients, from retailers to architects to private clients, and the day flew by. We also managed to squeeze in a couple of press interviews and, ok, not quite as importantly, a couple of ice creams!

Jonathan kept making excuses about needing the loo only to be found, on more than one occasion, peering longingly into the cockpit of the racing green Jaguar XJ13, also located in the Farmiloe Building.
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Despoke Picks of Clerkenwell Design Week Number ONE

Sheep from theo
We have just finished having a quick look round CDW 2012 and here are some of our picks:
A few stools, some chairs, some mixers for tiles a dozen lights an iSLeeve for your iPAD some Trainers and even a lovely fluffy sheep ! Something for everyone down at The Farmiloe Building
Tomorrow we are visiting some of the Showrooms and The House of Detention Tonight.
Clerkenwell Design Week 22nd – 24th May 2012.

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Bark Furniture Day FIVE

In the garden at The Future Lab with Martin, Chris & Jasper

Today was a rare day off so we headed over to The Future Laboratory to catch up with our friends Martin Raymond and Chris Sanderson over lunch – such a fantastic building with a great creative energy and always plenty going on. If you want to know more about the way the world is heading, The Future Lab is the place to find out.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 22-24th May 2012


Returning for its third year, Clerkenwell Design Week (22-24 May 2012) continues to build on its successes and highly regarded reputation with a dynamic and inspiring programme of product launches, parties, auctions, debates and pop-ups in addition to exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and more.

CDW includes over 150 brands including showrooms, designer makers, manufacturers and artists. This year CDW will span three special venues that are rarely open to the public: the Farmiloe Building (a former lead/glass merchants warehouse), The House of Detention (a subterranean Victorian prison) and new for 2012, the Order of St John’s Priory (featuring an incredible 12th Century crypt and charming garden).

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Bark furniture Day FOUR

Our Stand ..
The Farmiloe Building begins to take shape…

After a quick brunch in Walthamstow with family we headed back to the Farmiloe to finish setting up our stand. There’s nothing quite like being in the physical space for knowing where everything should go. So, as our carefully drawn up floorplan bit the dust, it was a case of juggling things around until it looked just right. Two hours later we were able to leave, feeling more than happy with the final layout.

A more relaxing day tomorrow before show time on Tuesday…
You can see Bark Furniture at Clerkenwell Design week in the Farmiloe Building 22-24 May 2012.

Stanley (the inspiration behind the Bark name) gives Clerkenwell Design Week his seal of approval

Anthony Dickens – world launch: Tekio Clerkenwell Design week 2012

Tekio is a modular lighting system inspired after Dickens’ travels to the Far East. Paper lanterns were invented in China and used extensively at festivals in Japan. The American-Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi is credited with bringing them to the attention of the West in the 1930s. Taking the idea of the traditional Japanese paper lantern into a new, design-led dimension, Tekio’s innovation lies in its flexibility: inside each paper tube is a frame that can be bent from straight to 90° and locked into any desired shape. You Can see Anthony Dickens at Clerkenwell Design week in the Farmiloe Building 22-24 May 2012.

Bark Furniture Blog Day THREE.

Although we have exhibited at Clerkenwell Design Week before, this is the first time we have had a stand in the Farmiloe Building. And the contrast between here and the House of Detention (where we were last year) couldn’t be greater. Last year we nearly killed ourselves carrying eight huge pieces of furniture and their respective stands down 300-year old, narrow, winding staircases into a damp crypt. This year our space is at ground level and just yards from where we were able to park the van. Yay!
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Bark Furniture Blog Day TWO


Playing with the big boys

Friday, May 18
Just arrived in London and it’s 1.15 in the morning! Not quite how we planned it but at least we’re here and in one piece.

Another early start gave us the chance to give the display stand a lick of paint before wrapping and packing everything into the van. We tend to pack everything in the adjacent workshop as it is less dusty. It is also home to Jonathan’s 1957 Ford Fairlane station wagon, the inspiration for the new Kustom Collection.

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Bark Furniture Blog Day ONE.


Thursday, May 17

Today was our last full day in the workshop before heading to London to set up for Clerkenwell Design Week. With a seemingly endless To-Do list we were up at the crack of dawn to get everything done on time. By 9am we had already established there was no surf – something of a blessing as it meant there were no distractions/excuses!!
Beacon Coffee Table

First on the list was the final coat of oil on the new Beacon Coffee Table and Kustom Mirror. While that was drying we had to make a display stand for the new Acorn Bookcase and Kustom Mirror.

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G&T by Bethan Gray Launch at Clerkenwell Design Week – 22-24 May 2012


G&T by Bethan Gray is debuting at the Farmiloe Building during Clerkenwell Design Week .
G&T is a newly established design collaboration between Bethan Gray, and Thomas Turner.

G&T focuses exclusively on using intriguing and seductive combinations of natural materials, adding exciting and elegant detail to create contemporary, yet timeless families of beautiful products. The brands design and development is focused on nurturing highly skilled and motivated manufacturers, who are passionate about their product, and take personal pride in their craftsmanship.

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Hubbawelcome show preview Clerkenwell Design Week May 22nd


Hubbawelcome is a new collective of contemporary artists based in East London, formed by Chris Mundy and Greg Lockhart. Their work is inspired by online culture and the psychology of growing up in the information age.

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Herman Miller Pop Up Shop in New York.

A Herman Miller Pop Up Shop has opened in New York City’s Soho neighborhood.
The 6,000 square foot space is exhibiting the recently announced Herman Miller Collection which aims to serve both consumer and commercial furniture needs. See more details and images over at PSFK.Com

Anthony Hartley to show his Cable Collection


Anthony Hartley will be showing his Cable Collection at at The Other Art Fair from May 10th – May 13th 2012.

The pieces that make up the Cable Collection are made from clean and simple MDF or ply template shapes, sprayed in Hartley’s trademark strong colour palette. The innovation comes in the joining of the templates, which uses multicolored cable ties to secure them, and which can be easily assembled without tools. Customers can order a matching set, a single base colour with a mix of accents, or a completely custom colorway.

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