Roaming Report: Kingsland Road, Hackney & Rivington Street

Becky Morrison | September.20.2013

Ceramics In The City exhibition at The Geffrye Museum is a fair featuring the designs of fifty UK ceramicists. This is an exciting display of home wares and show pieces, with many available to buy.

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With exhibitors like Akiko Hirai and Emma Clegg featuring, Ceramics In The City is sure to appease even the most discerning of ceramicists. The exhibition lasts for three days and admission is free so there’s no excuse not to pop down. A spot of ceramic browsing in an original 18th century building? What’s not to like. Find out more here.

The Jasper Morrison shop has been transformed into a cosy hub of design books for the duration of London Design Festival.

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Beautifully displayed tomes on architecture, craft and design line the blond wood shelves of the shop and a handy Library of Design booklet is available to purchase, a reference resource listing all of the books in the temporary library to help you find what you’re looking for.

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Barn the Spoon, London’s first spoon shop didn’t disappoint. Amongst a carpet of wood shavings, Barnaby Carder was whittling his trademark spoons into artfully carved creations that have seen him named as the king of the ‘Wood Culture Renaissance’.

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Barn the Spoon aims to convince people that wooden spoons are a good idea for everyday use, not just for cooking – something we were convinced of after seeing rows upon rows of his expertly, and painstakingly, crafted wooden spoons.

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Decode’s cannily named PRO(duct ex)HIBITION is a whole other kettle of fish. Hidden behind an ornate floor-length mirror in the speakeasy style Looking Glass cocktail club on Hackney Road is an atmospheric exhibition of London designers’ latest works.

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The exhibition fits the dusky, boudoir aesthetic of The Looking Glass like a glove. Stand-outs include Anthony Dickens’s Halcyon lamp series, Samuel Wilkinson’s pendant drop Vessel F light fixture, and the minimal Crayola coloured Shelltwo chairs by VW+BS. Decode’s emphasis here is on ‘Hackney based designers keeping it local’, utilising British manufacturing techniques where possible, often in unusual, alternative ways.

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British branding is also high on the list of priorities at Lee Broom, which recently launched a brand new retail space in the heart of Shoreditch. Decked out in clean whites and minimalist greys, select pieces are showcased in sci-fi style bubbles of perspex. Its best-selling pendant lights (now also featured in walnut) sit alongside new pieces like The Fulcrum, a modern candle/light hybrid that perfectly encapsulates Lee Broom’s minimalist aesthetic. The brand uses British materials and manufacturers wherever it can, sticking with the traditional ideals that have made it so popular whilst launching innovative new designs like the Carousel, a chandelier of sparkly gold pendant lamps.

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