Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

We’ve been very slow posting our thoughts on this years Clerkenwell Design Week. Suffice to say, since the show ended we’ve been busy catching up with enquiries generated by the show
(actually, we’ve been pretty busy since we started putting the stand together).

The reaction to the Ӧrsjӧ collection was fantastic. For many visitors it was the first time they had seen the pieces in the flesh, so we tried to select a cross-section of pieces, new and old, that reflected the Ӧrsjӧ commitment to quality and innovation. From the new 2011 collection Baklava, Crane and Great White sat alongside the perennial favourite that is Lean and relative old-timers like Mushroom and Ginko. Our only regret was that we couldn’t show more.

We have posted a few images here, but we have added an album to our Facebook page.

The Farmiloe Building is a wonderful venue for an exhibition. The old glass merchants lends a relaxed atmosphere to proceedings, and everyone certainly seemed to enjoy an after work stroll through the stands with a beer or wine in hand.

There was certainly a strong Scandinavian presence in the Farmiloe Building, with Swedese, Zero, bsweden, Bolon, Offecct, Magnus Olesen and Muuto all showing alongside big-hitters like Andreu World, Moooi and Ligne Roset. Note to self: brush up on basic Swedish for next year, because I think they’ll all be back!

British brands also had a strong showing with new collections from Lee Broom for Deadgood, Hitch Mylius, Another Country, Pinch and Scene.
The one downside to being an exhibitor is that you tend to miss out on other events taking place around Clerkenwell, and there was certainly a lot to choose from. The House of Detention showcased younger designers and brands, the normally quiet showrooms hummed with activity, Lulu Guinness invited everyone to be a pin-up and then of course there were the parties……….

All in all, we’re looking forward to Clerkenwell Design Week 2012.