Design Blockbuster May

What a great way to start spring, May has been packed with great events celebrating the best in design. 
For us it started with Cockpit Open Studios, which was also part of the inaugural London Craft Week.  

Thanks to everyone who came along, we were delighted to see lots of new faces, it made for another great event (next one 27-29 Nov).

Images include cushions by Alice Lodge, canvas bag by Justin Oh, ceramic art by Katherine Morling, leather clutch by Katherine Pogson, headwear by Emma Yeo, bowls by Kerry Hastings, gilded glass by Marion Labbez and jewellery and some of my jewellery and wooden wall pieces too. 

Then came COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery.
With over 12,000 visitors, this is the place to go as a collector to invest in the very best craft that is on offer. Galleries from all over the world put on an impressive display of affordable and extravagant beautifully crafted pieces. 

Take your pick from elegant and sleek interior objects such as these silver canisters by Chien-Wei Chang, the ebonised white oak vessel by Gareth Neal and Zaha Hadid or white ceramic vase triplet by Andrew Wicks.

Beautiful jewellery by way of these cubed necklaces by Mariko Sumioka with enamel, gold leaf and kimono detail, or a sensitive flower brooch with iron petals and gold stamen sitting on a coral branch by Kimiaki Kageyama.  Delicate steel wings create this stunning necklace by Mirei Takeuchi or thousands of golden filaments in this intricate brooch by Giovanni Corvaja.

There was also some pieces to grab your imagination, 'Lobster' cross-stitch on a metal platter by Serverija Incirauskaite Kriauneviciene or the innovative 'food chain' installation made of dehydrated honey by Katrin Spranger (seen here half eaten!)

 

Last but by no means least was Clerkenwell Design Week, an annual event with more of a focus on interior/ exterior design. 

It only runs for 3 days so you've go to be quick to catch it but it's full of inspiration for the home....wherever your home may be, for example this amazing canal boat by Bert and May.

Other exhibits showed the very best examples of how to make the most of your space with clever lighting, gorgeous furniture, of course the amazing setting of some of London's best architecture does help!

Gridlock brass pendant light by Philppe Malouin for Roll and Hill, chunky wooden cube stools by Vitamin Design, upholstered birds n bees fabric chair by Timerous Beasties, mix n match lighting by Dyke and Dean with rolls of coloured cable, different ceiling roses, light bulbs and shades to choose from. Marion Labbez was again showing us the best of her verre églomisé (silver/ gold leaf backed) glass, Dezeen brought their watch shop along, Eleanor Pritchard showed us her new line of geometric weaves on powder coated seating and Neri and Hu exhibited their timeless wooden tables and chairs.