This past week has been the industry hotbed that is Clerkenwell Design Week. I spent a day perusing the offerings, and some of these products caught my eye:
The lighting show was held in Fabric nightclub, which meant that they could be displayed brilliantly. There were a lot of ‘repeat’ concrete shades around, but a few designs stood out:
This beautiful light by Lomas Furniture has a shade of pierced ceramic and looks like the moon…
More lighting which caught my eye came from Pad Home. This was totally organic in shape, made from cardboard and reminded me of large wasps nests (in a beautiful way)…
I found some gorgeous surface textures at Solus, some were slate with what looked like lasered patterns on them:
They also had gorgeous 3D hexagonal tiles, and can supply simple ones in a huge range of colours.
The highlight of my visit was finding this sink, however the price tag is eye watering .. it is the Brockway by KOHLER.
It comes as 1/2 or 3 tap sizes, and reminds me of a cattle trough. Prices in the UK where I can find it are £2K plus, so maybe not for now… I am devastated! Maybe I can convert a real cattle trough instead?
I also saw this beautiful building in Clerkenwell, it looks like Fred Flintstone built it with rough hewn stone frontage in areas. Absolutely smitten!
Following on from the sideboard makeover last week, I had a niggling feeling about it not being quite right in that my lamps looked a bit too small. In fact they looked like they were lilliputian and Gulliver had lent them to me. The sideboard is so big that it needed some REALLY BIG LAMPS. See here…. weeny!
So I started to hunt for some that were a) big in scale and b) a bargain as is always preferred. I found these by OKA, I just love all the things that they sell and wander their shops salivating a lot and buying far too many trinkets and flowers for the house.. but they are whopping £327 each with a shade included, and I wanted a pair as I get a queasy tummy if I don’t see symmetry! So, over £650 for two lamps, I just cannot justify it, especially with two teenage girls who have their mothers’ clothes shopping habits already! But the OKA lamps are so lovely with the weathered wood, and I liked the neutrality of them in case I feel like moving things around in the house at a later date, (which is a dead cert really). Here is the lamp:
So I started the usual trawling grounds; ebay, gumtree, local charity shops. Nothing that I liked, and certainly nothing that was a bargain if I started to count postage costs.
But then today by absolute FLUKE, I was passing a shop called The Range that I remembered had some lighting that was incredibly well priced, but with some occasional hidden gems that I think look very upmarket and well designed. So I popped in, rooted around and found this lamp: