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CDW news round up part 3

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 #CDW – roundup Part3

OK I know, three parts! But I’ve hardly touched on many finds… this full round up only focuses on only two of the main exhibit areas!

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At the entrance to Detail was the was a small exhibition tent or Pavilion with some fabulous finds…

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CTO Lighting here showing some lovely new additions. Some striking new lighting designs by Paris based architect and designer Stéphane Parmentier

montebello light from CTO Lighting by Stephane Parmentier

The Montebello wall light is made of bronze with a satin brass.


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Super simple elegance of this Array Opal table light with a satin brass base and bronze.



CTO Lighting, Grace at Clerkenwell design week 2014

The Grace satin brass wall light is an exciting addition and incredibly simple designed for CTO Lighting by Stéphane Parmentier.


Bell Pendant and Big BUlb wall lights CTO Lighting

Although not strictly brand new The Bell pendant (available here) was looking dramatic in the flesh with the Big Bulb wall lights.


One of design team’s favourites next, Fameed Khalique never fails to woo the audiences with boundary pushing textures and techniques for walls, floor and fabrics.

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I was taken by the delicate yet sturdy appeal of these lights by the Austrian husband and wife duo of Kaia, who are exhibiting in the UK for the first time.

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Gloster’s second instalment (their other being over in the Farmiloe) was suitably at home amongst the flowers of the garden at the Cloister Garden of the order of St John.

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The ever popular Cloud modular sets the benchmark for design quality and endurance. Shop all the Cloud range here.

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The wonderful Vista is a modular newcomer to the Gloster range and already causing a stir. Available in many configurations (have a look at our shop)

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Gloster Vista

I missed out so much by trying to cram my one day trip in with May Design Series missing out on not only the ‘stumble across’ finds but the Additions and Platform sections not to mention the #CDW Presents which was aimed at interacting with the public. Next year I’m making at least a complete day of it, if not the full three!


Over here if you missed Part 2 or try Part 1 first.

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CDW round up part2

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 #CDW – roundup Part2

Continuing on our journey from the Farmiloe building of Clerkenwell’s Design Week (#CDW). We stroll up St. Johns Street passing and occasionally dipping in to see the open shop office and retail spaces encouraging us in to see their delights on the way.


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Over at the Details exhibition at the Order of St John was a lovely collection of favourites and new rubbing shoulders and a pavilion outside (more later).   We were treated to a full new set of products first seen at Milan from our lighting friends at OCHRE.

This gorgeous single light called Celestial Pebble looks like the tip of the glass holds the the light source, but it’s a clever trick of the glass. Stunning.

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A new addition to the Seed Cloud range with this table lamp. Also available in a vertical format. Check out all the new pieces from our shop.

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The below lancelot wall lights are hand dyed saddle leather with hand punched holes creating fabulous shadows.


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The OCHRE set of convex mirrors looking terrific in the setting.

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Stable mates Munna and Ginger & Jagger (soon to be available on our site) were on hand to show a snippet of Portuguese delights

Munna and Ginger & Jagger

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A new find for us was Marion Labbez. She is reinvigorating the art of verre églomisé  (guilded and decorated glass)  art by injecting her contemporary hand-drawn artistic twist to the delicate mirror designs.

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Sample ideas for Marion’s bespoke services.


We were taken by a few ‘stop-you-in-your-tracks’ pieces from Sé of London.

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This Beetley bar stool and the metal interiors of the boxes together with the inter-linking mirror circles of the dressing table. Yes please!

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Beautifully executed set of three marble top tables


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If only the sun was able to keep the rain away. Next year maybe?

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We’ve got more in the third and final instalment please read on to Part 3 =>.
Alternatively if you’ve landed here why not read Part 1 first <=.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 #CDW – roundup Part1

May 20-22 In just 5 years this relatively underground design gathering of the Clerkenwell district of London has gathered pace to become one of the countries key presentations of design for the home. Clerkenwell Design Week is truly on the map!

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The Design Factory at the famous Farmiloe Building (with all it’s derelict charm and edgy ‘health and safety wouldn’t approve’ feel) lends perfectly to the latest clean lines of skandi furniture et al and even 3 special Jaguar F-types greeting you in various graphic adorned guises. This year Foscarini teamed up with Jaguar to create a spectacular light installation.

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It’s probably helped by the fact that it is not held in one of the soulless aircraft hangar exhibition halls, but embraces all the charms of a neighbourhood collective upturning an incredible amount of design talent in the Clerkenwell area.

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Over just 3 short days this widely spread ‘exhibition’ lets you stroll between the main 4 destinations: Design Factory,  Platform, Detail and Additions and stumble across a pink banner, sticker or floor sign waving you in to otherwise pass by shops and curios.


Although hard work to even cover all the four main ‘exhibition’ areas it’s a delight to wander the 60+ companies, retailers and offices involved and a real eye-opener just to see how much world leading architecture and interiors lead design focus is in one compact zone alone.

Fresh from Milan we saw the first UK sighting of the new outdoor Grid collection modular sofa’s from Gloster. I made an involuntary chuckle as I sat down as if disbelief that an outdoor chair could be so comfortable and soft. Looks as at home in the indoor environment too, yet it’s made to take one heck of a ‘worst-of-UK-weather’ knocking.

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On the lofty second floor I made a discovery of outdoor lighting from a fresh to the UK lighting company Studio Italia Design. Their Kelly outdoor pendant drop lights shown here finished in metal design by Andrea Tosetto with a diffused light source.

Kelly by Studio Italia Design

One of our faves, Buster + Punch were showing the new Hero Light

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Suitably rock ‘n roll moody set for the products.


The Hero light showing it’s versatility as either a stunning collective drop, or in its fixed bulb locations. With a choice of 3 types of mesmerising filament bulbs.


Check out these beauties!



Who can resist a “Cut with Whiskey ” finish or a the new “smoked’ (dark grey) and “Finished in Olive oil” – quirky new colour additions to the already incredibly popular range.

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Crying out to be flicked just for that satisfying clunk, these exquisitely made switches with the hallmark solid brass in a range of finishes.




and the coveted drinks cabinet now in a new darker walnut finish



We don’t usually concern ourselves with the office markets here but these cute ‘pebble’ stools/poufs to our fancy from LaPalma.

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and the famous Spun chair from Magis by Thomas Heathwick

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In the entrance/exit of the Farmiloe building in a dark corner of the glass front I spied edgy offerings from  Stellar Works who introduce their designs as “… celebrating the poetry of Japanese aesthetics, the richness of Chinese ornamentation, the playfulness of Italian Design, the refinement of French luxury, and the less-is-more ethos of Scandinavian design”


Laval Collection sofa


There’s more incredible discoveries than I can put in one post, so please read on to Part 2 =>.


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