had a lovely afternoon discovering clerkenwell again – its an opportunity to visit interesting buildings, as well as see some new designs – there seems to be a lot of plywood furniture this year, even lilac stained chairs. i loved the furniture and rugs from stellar works, and the knitted cushions by rose sharp jones – all in beautiful shades of colour. furniture is definitely hard to find, and no wonder we buy the timeless classics of eames or vintage mid century furniture – we have bought special pieces from century , 2 columbia road and margaret howell who stocks a few interesting old pieces together with ceramics.
clerkenwell has a wealth of interesting buildings, and many are open to the public during design week; the wonderful farmiloe building makes you want to live in a warehouse – the windows are so classic. i bought my lights from dyke and dean for the alice’s flat, and they still had some interesting retro light fittings. clerkenwell design week is on for another couple of days, so register online before you go for free entry – its a really fun thing to do walking around georgian london which has always been home to the crafts, from clockmaking to glassware. visit all the little workshops and especially pop into the house of detention and order of st john – the garden there is a lovely sanctuary to sit in.