Clerkenwell continued . . .

The wondrous Farmiloe Building on St John Street played host to the main events at Clerkenwell Design Week. This Foscarini lighting installation was pretty dramatic.

The wondrous Farmiloe Building on St John Street played host to the main events at Clerkenwell Design Week. This Foscarini lighting installation was pretty dramatic.

Walking in to the Farmiloe Building off the street it was impossible to miss the giant mural of tiles by textile artist Ptolemy Mann (pictured, right). It was made up of over 4,000 tiles - using only 68 colours although it looks like much more - from the new Johnson Tiles Prismatic collection

Upstairs I knew I was in the right place when I saw this sign.

Upstairs I knew I was in the right place when I saw this sign.

In the retail zone I spoke to Eddie from Dyke & Dean purveyors of pic n mix lighting fixtures. If you are a fan of retro filament light bulbs and enamel shades dangled from colourful cord then you can get all you need from here. They also have concessions in several Heal's stores and are definitely candidates for Indie of the Week, watch this space. 

In the retail zone I spoke to Eddie from Dyke & Dean purveyors of pic n mix lighting fixtures. If you are a fan of retro filament light bulbs and enamel shades dangled from colourful cord then you can get all you need from here. They also have concessions in several Heal's stores and are definitely candidates for Indie of the Week, watch this space. 

I also caught up with Lucy from Quill London, a former Indie of the Week, and I spent probably slightly too long stroking her beautiful new stationery collections.

I also caught up with Lucy from Quill London, a former Indie of the Week, and I spent probably slightly too long stroking her beautiful new stationery collections.

This picture didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, apologies, but The Artful Project is a great idea - it's a new online art gallery where you can buy affordable art (initially photography) with ease. "Anybody can be an art collector" they say, they want to open up art buying, democratise the process and inspire a broader love of art. Noble ambitions, I like the sound of it.   I also chatted to Bruno of Bruno + Bean, a Scandi/Nordic/British/Irish online design shop which is hopefully becoming a bricks and mortar shop in London soon. And I spoke briefly with Holly of Holly's House a furniture and home accessories shop on the New King's Road which also offers an interior design service. Again, I think they'd all make great Indie of the Weeks.

This picture didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, apologies, but The Artful Project is a great idea - it's a new online art gallery where you can buy affordable art (initially photography) with ease. "Anybody can be an art collector" they say, they want to open up art buying, democratise the process and inspire a broader love of art. Noble ambitions, I like the sound of it.  

I also chatted to Bruno of Bruno + Bean, a Scandi/Nordic/British/Irish online design shop which is hopefully becoming a bricks and mortar shop in London soon. And I spoke briefly with Holly of Holly's House a furniture and home accessories shop on the New King's Road which also offers an interior design service. Again, I think they'd all make great Indie of the Weeks.

I visited the beautiful Ochre showroom and was inspired not only by the three women behind this established design business, but also the stunning craftsmanship on display. They specialise in understated, beautifully crafted lights such as the celestial pebble and seed cloud (above) and they've just launched two new leather-bound chairs with scallop stitched edges (like a handbag): the slim and sturdy 'sable' and 'carbou'. It's fabulously high end, moodily styled, dreamy stuff. I'm sold. Apparently they do a good sale.

The SCIN Gallery on Old Street was hosting an exhibition of furniture and tableware made from sustainable American hardwoods. To celebrate five years of Clerkenwell Design Week, they used five different woods - tulipwood, ash, hard maple, red oak and cherry - and five design teams from OKAY Studio to come up with these completely new products (pictured below). Why should you care about American hardwoods? The short answer is this is good wood... it's sustainable, harvesting is below the rate of growth, so these natural forests (not plantations) are actually growing not depleting. Right on.

The SCIN Gallery on Old Street was hosting an exhibition of furniture and tableware made from sustainable American hardwoods. To celebrate five years of Clerkenwell Design Week, they used five different woods - tulipwood, ash, hard maple, red oak and cherry - and five design teams from OKAY Studio to come up with these completely new products (pictured below).

Why should you care about American hardwoods? The short answer is this is good wood... it's sustainable, harvesting is below the rate of growth, so these natural forests (not plantations) are actually growing not depleting. Right on.