June 2016

Between 24-26th May London’s Clerkenwell area hosted its annual design week, a three day architecture and design festival in the heart of the cities’ oldest artisan neighbourhood.

Now in its seventh year and with eight exhibition spaces plus numerous showrooms, talks and gateway installations, Clerkenwell Design Week is one of the capital’s largest design gatherings. Members of the London Studio made their annual pilgrimage for a dose of design inspiration; we caught up with them to find out their thoughts.

First things first, navigating this design showcase can be overwhelming. Luckily, a newly designed map by Stuart Daly helped direct our journey throughout exhibitions weaved into the intimate city streets.

Icon House of Culture was this year erected in the notorious London nightclub, Fabric, creating an extraordinary platform for showcasing over 25 top international brands. Tucked away in an alcove, the minimalist mid-century lighting by designer Bert Frank caught our eye. Wall lights and pendant lamps in dark metals and brass added to the modern, industrial aura of the exhibition space.Other notable works included lighting by Inga Sempe, whom we recently interviewed on the blog, and smooth wooden chairs by Dare Studio in a spectrum of hues.

The Design Field, newly located in the pop-up location of the Spa Fields, showcased a collection of modern contemporary lighting, furniture, and product design. The Studio was particularly inspired by the work of Swedish lighting brand ÖRSJÖ. Globular pendant and wall lighting encaged by bright brass carried an elegant and romantic presence in the exhibition space.

Meanwhile, the British Collection, new for 2016, celebrated the work of great home-grown talent in the garden of St James’s Church. The novel collaboration between designer Sebastian Cox and DeVol resulted in carefully designed, urban rustic kitchens that welcome an abundance of natural light.

The showcase Detail, at the Order of St John, included ikat printed lampshades, which were a unique and colourful collaboration between lighting designer Copper & Silk and textile artist Ptolemy Mann.

Lighting by Copper & Silk and Ptolemy Mann
Main image of chairs by Dare Studio