Here is a selection of some beautiful lamps, lampshades and chandeliers on display at Clerkenwell Design Week today. Among my favourites are lamps from the NUD Collection, Fred & Juul Raffaele, MacMaster Design, Holloways of Ludlow, Deadgood and Luminosity.
I recently went for lunch at Brunswick House in Vauxhall, not realising this was a hotspot for antiques and salvaged goods.
The Georgian townhouse looks a little out of place surrounded by the overbearing characterless high rise office buildings around it.
Walking into the old building with an endless ceiling and charming decor was like stepping into another world, away from the busy traffic and stressful office life.
There were old mirrors and clocks on the walls and random pieces of furniture were dotted around, such as a garden gate or an old sewing table.
What makes Brunswick House so fun, is that all the furniture is for sale. There are a huge range of different pieces available, from door knobs to large antique baths.
The rooms are used to display the objects but also serve as function rooms. A perfect setting for creative projects and fashion shoots as well as parties. This also serves as an inspiration for designers and decorators showing ways in which the furniture can be used.
The cafe served delicious traditional food from the small daily menu. Before my lunch arrived I had a chance to peer around the magnificent old building.
Had it been smaller it would have looked cluttered, instead the vast expanse of the building made it look like an exhibition space with a cosy cafe tucked into the middle.
Brunswick House is part of LASSCO a company that specialises in restoration and architectural salvage. They rescued the then derelict building from squatters in 2004 and slowly restored the old Georgian mansion to resemble its grand history.
The former home of the Dukes of Brunswick which was built in 1758, it looks a little different now with busy roads replacing the three acres of parkland once surrounding it. However it is wonderful to see that such beautiful old buildings can still be saved and be restored to a level where they can be used as busy functional spaces that everyone can enjoy.
While visiting South Africa I came across some beautiful art and design projects, I was particularly struck by the chandeliers created by Riaan Chambers.
He produces unique, innovative and beautiful chandeliers fashioned from recycled glass, crystals, shells, horn and any object that takes his fancy.
The style ranges from Romantic to the ultra chic and I am amazed by the sheer volume of his work.
The variety is also enormous. Some incorporate vibrant colours lit up in the form of a long dangling glass chandelier, while others are more elegant and minimalist with a simple white finish.
There are also numerous smaller mobile pieces that incorporate shells and other organic materials.
Others are a combination, but the different shapes and sizes allows his work to fit into very different surroundings according to the particular style.
He predominantly uses recycled materials such as glass taken from old windscreens.
These magnificent pieces have a strong effect on their surroundings, setting the mood for a space. Their impact can often be somewhat overwhelming.
The colours and the materials combined with the size makes his work very impressive.
His chandeliers are displayed in commercial buildings, restaurants, hotels, as well as in residential properties.