Creative Clan

Our neighbourhood isn’t short of design talent. Interiors expert Kate O’Donnell selects her pick of local produce for a Christmas gift with a Clerkenwell connection.


Find at: the Marby & Elm shop at33 Clerkenwell Road
If you cannot resist stationery (who can?), you’ll know about Eleanor Tattersfield. Her latest products include bespoke hand-printed notecards and envelopes blocked in the neon colours she’s so fond of, and a range of scented inks: “Clerkenwell Blue” smells of lavender; “Leather Lane Brown” smells of libraries. Now branching out into other items, she’s produced necklaces. Like their sugary counterparts, her “Smartie” and “Polo” designs are delicious.

Find at: the Forest London shop, 115 Clerkenwell Road
Eva Coppens is a design dynamo. Not only does she source beyond-cool, mid-century Scandinavian and Dutch furniture and home accessories and sell them at remarkably fair prices, but she’s also designed lighting in collaboration with Cockpit Arts-based ceramicist Helen Johannessen. Their modernist Slice light, available as a wall or pendant light in black or white glazed earthenware, on a walnut, ash or oak arm hand-crafted by a woodworker in Angel, would slip effortlessly into the most design- conscious home. A modern classic.

Find at: their studio at Cockpit Arts and their shop at 7 Rugby Street
Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel are known for reviving 19th century-inspired line drawings of food and nature that Mrs Beeton would recognise (jellies, chickens, dog roses, chrysanthemums) and printing them on to homewares, fabrics and wallpapers, always with a mischievous twist. New for autumn is their Blackbird & Bramble collection. The set of three blackbird-motif handkerchiefs, printed at Cockpit, should be sartorial essentials for local dandies.

Find at: Cockpit Arts
You can tell that Fanny Shorter (her real name) grew up in a vibrant household because she is unafraid of strong colour, strong patterns and mixing up the two. Her work consists of hand-drawn prints of tropical birds like modern versions of something you’d see at the Natural History Museum; and bright, bold textiles that she hand-prints at her studio. Check out her jungly fabric print, Calathea, in neon coral-pink, which we’d drape absolutely everywhere.

Find at: the Quill shop, 37 Amwell Street
Brooklyn, Portland, San Francisco and Tokyo aren’t the only places to find cool stationery. Amwell Street is too. As well as stocking cult hipster labels such as Rifle Paper Co., Moglea and Appointed, Quill designs and makes personalised stationery in-house, often using its own foil printer, or hand-scribing text for that unique finishing touch. Join one of its rolling series of calligraphy classes and learn how to give your own handwriting a fashionable flourish.

Find at: Pentreath & Hall, 17 Rugby Street
Bridie Hall is one half of the duo behind the cult interiors boutique Pentreath & Hall. While Ben Pentreath concentrates on his architectural practice, artist-designer-maker Hall devises objets for her home range, Bridie Hall at Home, which nod to history but are surprisingly modern at the same time. Her new designs, made above the shop, include framed intaglios (essentially mini plaster casts, in this case); mirrors painted in Mondrian-esque colours; plates co-designed with artist Wayne Pate; and hand-painted linen lampshades.

Find at: her studio/showroom at 8 Clerkenwell Green
Most of Jennifer Newman’s clients are businesses: offices, hospitals, universities, restaurants. They, and their architects, have latched on to her brilliant idea of making office furniture that looks as far from the idea of “contract” as you can imagine. Colours (Newman’s particularly strong point), forms and finishes can be customised to the nth degree. Her latest design, the bamboo and steel Club Table and Bench, brings a relaxed, outdoorsy and frankly domestic feel to breakout spaces, dining areas and canteens. Brilliant brainstorming pretty much guaranteed.