Another week, another design show. Tuesday’s schedule included Clerkenwell Design Week, a three day design festival which showcases the best creative brands. We saw some amazing things, from design-forward lighting to flat-ready furniture, as well as exciting new retailers and home accessories.


One of the things which we couldn’t help but notice was the incredible lighting; contemporary styles, unusual shapes, fauna themes, pops of colour and exciting collaborations, which brings us firstly to this lovely lamp…

Anglepoise + Paul Smith collaboration
Anglepoise + Paul Smith collaboration

Paul Smith

Angleposie + Paul Smith, a wonderful truly British collaboration. The simplistic, classic design of the Type75 desk lamp with the inclusion of the signature Paul Smith colours creating a somewhat fanciful mechanical robot. The design was unveiled at Clerkenwell and will be available to pre-order from August and general sale from September. Most certainly one to watch and one we’re rather excited for! Now my pictures don’t quite do the colours justice so here’s a snap taken from the website…

Paul Smith Anglepoise
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Pops of pastel as well as bright flashes of colour continued with these designs – unfortunately we can’t remember who these ones were from (slap on the wrist for us!), the guys over at Auxilium have kindly informed us that these lovely lights are theirs! Check them out here!

Pendant lights from Auxilium
Pendant lights from Auxilium
Pops of pink!
Pops of pink!

Brands such as SCP introduced innovative designs which were most certainly one of our highlights from the day. 

SCP antler light
Antler pendant by SCP
SCP amazing light
Contemporary lighting by SCP
SCP diamond glass light
Glass pendant by SCP

Futuristic tones were provided by Plumen whose Pharaoh lamp is a definite winner. It’s metallic transparency gives a refined luxe look and shows off the 001 light bulb which not only looks fantastic with it’s twists and turns but is also hugely energy efficient, ideal for keeping down the cost of those bills – a huge plus in our book!

Pendant by Plumen

For well crafted design then look to Pinch. The collection includes beautifully made pieces such as the Derome light.

Pinch table lamp
Table lamp by Pinch

As well as dressing tables, bedside tables and stools.

Dressing table by Pinch
Pinch tables
Side table by Pinch

Bim Burton also offered well thought, interesting designs from curved simplistic desks to our favourite, which were the side tables.

Bim burton

Bim burton stack tables
Stackable side tables by Bim Burton
Bim Burton flower tables
Side tables by Bim Burton

Finally, Buster + Punch knocked us out with there industrial hanging lights.

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Industrial designs by Buster + Punch

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Moving from the Design Factory now and in to the retail section where we came across a couple of amazing brands…

Theo is an online retailer who feature homewares, stationary, accessories as well as one-off older original pieces. They also stock some of our favourite designers such as Donna Wilson and also some amazing newly found pieces such as lighting and kitchenware from Kathleen Hill who exhibited alongside Theo.

Theo range
Nice indeed! Designs from Theo
Theo collection
Just some of the range from Theo
Salt and pepper Kathleen Hill
Salt and pepper pots from Kathleen Hill

Another brand who we fell in love with was Holly’s House who sell a wonderful range of furniture and home accessories. We couldn’t help but notice how well chosen each piece was, from monochrome chevron prints and pops of hot pink to pastel desk lamps and vintage inspired interiors.

Holly's House homewares

Hollys house cuos

Hollys house lamp chair

That’s our round-up of this years Clerkenwell Design Week, plenty of inspirational designs to get our teeth in to.

Until next year,
David & Mark x

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