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Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 Preview: Outdoor furniture from Assemblyroom


Peter Wall has fulfilled his customers requests by providing an outdoor version of the Hyde Stool. Hyde Outside, is a stackable outdoor stool made from recyclable polyethylene durable enough to survive even the harshest elements of the great British summer!

The stool will launch at Clerkenwell Design Week in May alongside a selection of other new additions to the Assemblyroom collection: a compact arm chair and sofa plus a new lampshade.

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Student Competition: Design a Clerkenwell Design Week window display for Designworks Tiles

Tile manufacturer and supplier Designworks Tiles has launched a competition for UK based students enrolled on a design related course.  Students are invited to design a window display for the company’s St John Street, Clerkenwell showroom on the theme ‘What does London mean to you?’

The installation will be in place in time for the prestigious Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2015, meaning the winning display may be viewed by some of the 50,000 attendees that visit the area during the event, providing an excellent platform for showcasing the designer’s work to the industry.  In addition, the winning designer will receive a cash price of £1,000. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Okay Studio collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council



Above: ‘Apex Tables’ by Hunting and Narud

Five teams from design collective Okay Studio caused a stir at Clerkenwell Design Week with their eclectic mix of designs coined ‘Five’ for the American Hardwood Export Council, who have set a precedent with their festival collaborations. Hunting and Narud, Mathias Hahn, Ed SwanLiliana Ovalle, Andrew Haythornwaite and Peter Marigold presented their innovative homewares crafted from five American Hardwood species at the Scin Gallery.

David Venables, Director of AHEC explained “One key aspect of this project for us is promoting and demonstrating the performance of the material. Out of a single set of materials, have come five very different designs and the teams at Okay Studio have risen to that challenge extremely well and I think we have all learnt more about the versatility of the materials as a result.”

Hunting and Narud worked with the complete range of species – American ash, cherry, hard maple, red oak and tulipwood, on their ‘Apex Tables’ – a series of side tables. Black and blue colour stain match the seat on some of range, whilst others are left natural. Glass reveals the quality of the wood on the hardwood cones and is clear as well as smoked.

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Clerkenwell Design Week continued: Chestnut and Ash by Sebastian Cox for Benchmark

Chestnut & Ash range by Sebastian Cox and Benchmark from Kai Lau on Vimeo.

British designer Sebastian Cox presented his coppice collection, entitled Chestnut and Ash, for Benchmark. at Clerkenwell Design Week. Produced using coppicing and cleaving combined with CNC machining, the range sits where tradition meets modernity.


Above: The Chestnut & Ash collection is comprised of the Lath chair, coffee table and bench, and the Shake cabinet and sideboard.

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Clerkenwell Design Week continued: Christopher Jenner designs bathroom furniture for Drummonds

Christopher Jenner for Drummonds The Newton © Michael Franke 1 LR

Following the successful creation of two London showrooms for bathroom specialists Drummonds, Christopher Jenner has designed a collaborative collection of free-standing bathroom furniture for the brand embodying their artisanal style. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Blankets and rugs by Loophouse


New: “Reflections” Lambswool blanket

Loophouse debuted their latest custom made blankets and rug designs at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014. The collection of minimal patterned blankets, woven into contemporary repeats are perfect for a seasonal colour change or bold addition to a neutral background. Choose from the bright or cooler palette. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Æsh & Tweed by Georg Œhler


Æsh & Tweed coffee table, armchair and footstool.

Austrian designer Georg Œhler presented the Æsh & Tweed collection at Clerkenwell Design Week, a three-piece set of furniture combining ash wood and Scottish tweed fabric. Œhler produces the handcrafted collection in a small town remotely located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, it consists of an armchair and footstool accompanied by a coffee table. 

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 Alert: Anglepoise & Paul Smith

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At Clerkenwell design week 2014 Anglepoise® introduced Paul Smith’s adaptation of the classic Anglepoise® Type75TM table lamp. This Special Edition lamp combines the signature style of one of Britain’s most eminent designers with the unmistakeable form and function of an Anglepoise®.

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Saturday Job: Make banana cake with confit pineapple and Chantilly cream


At Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 bulthaup collaborated with Miele to bring ‘Steam,’ the calorie-neutral pop-up restaurant at bulthaup’s Clerkenwell showroom.

Design loving diners were treated to a delicious five-course meal prepared by Frederick Forster, Head Chef of The Boundary restaurant in Shoreditch. This delicious recipe, the unanimous winner on the table, is on the top of the list to make for the bank holiday weekend. Why not try this light dessert at home, treat yourself now you have a bit more time on your hands? A quick tip, feel free to increase the size of the portion, as it goes without saying, you will be left wanting for more.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: Tweetathon


If you missed Clerkenwell Design Week Festival 2014 all is not in vain, for today on our twitter account @despoke we have a tweetathon featuring a round up of the extraordinary event and products exhibited.


Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Zuzunaga


New: Cuzco Poufs


Available in a range of colour and fabric options


Designer : Cristian Zuzunaga


Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Lovely Pigeon


New: Day Poster / screenprint with copper foil blocking

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Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Tracy Kendall


New: Another Journey wallpaper


Designer: Tracy Kendall / Another Colour wallpaper

Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Another Country

Live at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014: with Pinch


New: Float Table / oak top / stained base / colours – peach, black, white & red

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