Clerkenwell Design Week 2023


Clerkenwell Design Week
returned to EC1, 23-25 May

The UK’s leading design festival celebrated London’s creative hub with more than 160 showrooms, 600 events, thousands of products, installations, brand activations, topical talks and more.


We caught up with some friends and suppliers and made some great new collections. Our favourite destination is always the subterranean House of Detention, the former Victorian prison showcases an array of leading international lighting brands and spectacular stand-alone installations.



Manufacturing British handcrafted furniture
for over 100 years

Moving out of the basement and down the road to the Crypt at St.James's Church we connected with Ercol furniture with their new classic and contempory range L.ercolani. Ercol Furniture takes immense pride in the brand's heritage and is admired for its rich history and pioneering spirit. Specialising in solid wood furniture, craftsmanship and quality. Ercol is synonymous with its signature mid-century collections as well as an award-winning portfolio of contemporary ranges crafted for modern living. We have a lovely family connection with the brand as Joanna's father has worked at Ercol as a furniture maker for 20 years.
We are looking at bringing a collection of their items into the Yard offering as they fit perfectly within some of our collections. Haus Keys works well with this range due to their mid-century styling, as well as their contemporary ranges crafted for modern living; while The Craftsman collection embraces the story of UK homegrown timber and the addition of the Grown in Britain (GiB), the Marino Chair with is reincarnation being made using sustainable homegrown British timber.

L.Ercolani showcases the classic collection designed by Lucian Ercolani and contemporary works from international designers Norm Architects, Atlason Studio, Lars Beller Fjetland and Tomoko Azumi. L.Ercolani represents the past and future of Ercol.

L.Ercolani showcases the classic collection designed by Lucian Ercolani and contemporary works from international designers Norm Architects, Atlason Studio, Lars Beller Fjetland and Tomoko Azumi. L.Ercolani represents the past and future of Ercol.

This is the paint.

We are never ones to miss out on the fun so we thought why not gate crash the COAT paint event. We struck an instant rapport with founder Rob Green. We love their ethos - founding a company of 'like minded people who want an awesome looking home but with the consideration. Coat's eco-formulations and recycled packaging, to sustainable logistics, operations and eco-accessories make them proud to say they are carbon offset. They support UN Gold projects, and B Corp certified. Life is made simpler with an edited offering as COAT expertly curates only the best colours and inspo, so you can confidently find your style. Hand-painted peel-and-stick samples are 100% accurate, and go straight on the wall. No fuss. No mess. Move them about and see your colour in different lights. SO now! Luxury and ease come together - the perfect combination.

Sustainable paint, made to order in modern muted shades. Get all you need to decorate, simply curated and delivered.

COAT Paint House Points Exterior Paint

COAT paint supplies & accessories

From paint to wallcoverings.

Finally, we met up with our new besties - Katya and Marco the talent behind Deus ex Gardenia to view their premier wallcovering collection. After refining katya's talent at the prestigious Central Saint Martins and spending a decade designing for distinguished names in the world of fashion and interiors, such as Etro, Liberty of London, Ralph Lauren, and Anthropologie, Katya was inspired to bring her own unique style to the world of interiors.
This collection is rich with botanical prints, jungle inspired hand illustrated scenes, forests and country gardens. Katya has a seamingly magic touch with colour and her warm and elegant combinations bring these patterns to life, set in a classic tone. We have launched Deus Ex Gardenia on the site and have selected specific patterns within our collections fitting in perfectly within South Beach and our new Town House edits.  
We really struggle to pick a favourite of theirs BUT so far the clean green Aviary Isle in leaf is coming up tops.

Dues Ex Gardenia display at Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

Reconnecting with Friends.

A familiar face was found; Charlotte from The Monkey Puzzle Tree. Multi award winning, English made wallpapers and fabrics with a twist and a conscience that bring art, story and character to interiors. Proud to support their local community, the Monkey Puzzle Tree collaborate with the artists from the North of England, manufacturing their innovative and luxourious designs within 100 miles of their yorkshire studio.

Their new 'Blues Fantasia' textile wall covering created in collaboration with Josephine McYebuah and was a total showstopper. A magical design, Blues Fantasia features elegant antelopes intertwined with rich gold and jewel coloured motifs. The geometric design is screen printed onto a heavy textile covered non woven paper. Art Deco meets Africa. Josephine takes influences from from her childhood spent in Ghana, to comic book art and Bollywood films, fusing her diverse influences together to create this modern statement of grandeur.

The Monkey Puzzle Tree  'Blues Fantasia'

We also caught up with Louise from Tatie Lous previewed some of her soon to be released products. Creator of intricate patterned wallpapers and homewares. Tatie Lou was founded by Louise Wargnier in 2019. A print textile designer and expert in the Japanese art of shibori, as well other hand-dyeing. Louise always has a unique and fresh approach to print with her kalidoscopic colours and Japanese influenced patterns. Its's always a pleasure to see what her imagination has dreamt up.







Tatie Lou display at Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

Written by Lea-Anne Falandysz, created by Joanna Steel

June 12th 2023

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