Our Marketing Exec Ellie recently visited Clerkenwell Design Week for the first time - here’s what she has to say about it!
The beaming sunshine mixed with the bustle of London and the occasional glass of fizz - what more could you want? I attended Clerkenwell on Tuesday, the first day of Design Week. As a newbie, I was wondering how I would fit in everything however the organisers did a fabulous job of creating routes throughout Clerkenwell. Just follow the pink stripes!
Fabric is one place that I haven’t attended in the daylight, and what a great venue it was to host the ‘Icon House of Culture’ exhibition. This world-famous nightclub created the perfect setting for several lighting designs with its dark corners and exposed brickwork. One company that caught my eye was ‘Bert Frank’, thanks to its mid-century lighting designs. Each style focuses mainly on metals, with brass being a clear favourite. Bert Frank mixes these metallic finishes with greens and blues to create a jungle-esque theme which looked truly stunning.
My next stop was DeVol Kitchens, which had a complete show home on display topped with a gorgeous rooftop terrace - the perfect pit stop! The main attraction to its showroom was the large kitchen on the ground floor featuring the firm’s timely ‘Clerkenwell Blue’ cabinets. This sumptuous shade is right on trend, along with its accompanying marble counter top. I certainly left the show home with serious kitchen envy!
Throughout Clerkenwell there were a number of eye-catching displays such as the Aldworth James and Bond installation at St Johns Gate, which proved a fantastic photo opportunity.
As well as the design displays, I couldn’t resist a quick snap of the ‘Urban Garden’ display from Bloomon. Shame I couldn’t take a bunch for the commute home…
There was such a ‘buzzy’ atmosphere in each showroom and exhibition across the design district, while the discussion between suppliers and designers echoed around Clerkenwell Prison and Churches. It was a great opportunity to meet people in the industry, follow up-and-coming trends and really just wish you could fit every lamp, sofa and bathroom tap in your own home!