Clerkenwell Design Fair 2018 – our highlights

In May, we visited the Clerkenwell Design Fair in London, here we share some of our highlights from the day.

Solus Ceramics’ showroom is impressive; with the variety of products on show, it’s a great venue to meet clients. Kast Concrete Basins are versatile and infinitely variable, with their ability to create a personal product, I am very keen to use them in some of our projects.   Located within the Design Fair site is Amin Taha’s ‘Clerkenwell Close’. The post and lintel system looks unusual and ‘expensive’ but uses a centuries old construction method, originating on mainland Europe.  Angus

ceramics showroom Clerkenwell

Solus Ceramics’ Clerkenwell showroom

concrete cast basin

Arla in Blush by Kast Concrete Basins

architecture in Clerkenwell London

Amin Taha’s Clerkenwell Close









My favourite exhibition of Clerkenwell Design Week was within the deVOL Kitchens townhouse showroom in St. John’s Square. Here, there was a beautiful rustic kitchen, which complemented the period style of the property while remaining contemporary through the inclusion of striking copper hardware. This very on-trend metal was used both minimally for cupboard handles and to discreetly line the inside of circular finger pulls, and also for an incredibly beautiful statement worktop. The various tones of the aged, gleaming copper, and its seamless integration with the sink and splash back, made the Kitchen ‘glamorous’. Finally, the wonderful blue-green shade of the door fronts contrasted beautifully with the copper, proving that colour can be used successfully in a context where neutrals are undoubtedly considered to be the safe and sensible option.  Olivia 

Designer kitchen by deVOL kitchens, Sebastian Cox kitchen, Copper kitchen surface

The St John’s Square Townhouse kitchen by Sebastian Cox at deVOL kitchens


I love lighting and was impressed by the practicality and flexibility of XAL’s MOVE IT 25 system. The intuitive design allows the user to move and change the lighting system easily and can be controlled with an iOS device and App.  Walking through the streets and exhibitions we came across architectural installations. Two particularly interested me; Kinetech’s ‘Royal Approval’ that ‘explores light, space and movement…’ and the Scale Rule’s ‘Next Generation Design Pavilion’ a project by aspiring young designers. Vicki

Kinetic sculpture, Royal Approval by Kinetech Design

Royal Approval by Kinetech Design

moveable lighting system from XAL, MOVE IT 25 by XAL

XAL’s MOVE IT 25 system

student design for Clerkenwell Design Fair 2018, Scale Rule's Next Generation Design Pavilion

Next Generation Design Pavilion by Scale Rule











CDW 2018 gave us the opportunity to see the latest innovations in design in the heart of London’s leading design district and also indulge our passion for creativity and imaginative solutions to modern living.

Olivia & Vicki involved in some serious design research at Altro

Olivia immersed in Sky-Frames ‘A Piece of Sky’

Angus & Josh test driving a Nook office pod
















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