What fun to have a permanent base in a central London food and drink destination (one co-established by Sir Terence Conran, no less) in the heart of the Clerkenwell design district? Well that’s exactly what has happened to the Anglepoise London Studio. Just over a month ago in May, we packed our bags at or co-working space in Second Home and moved lock, stock and barrel into this iconic Turnmill site, now home to British themed London eatery, Albion Clerkenwell.
Well for a start it’s British through and through; so are we. Owned and operated by Prescott & Conran and designed in partnership with Isabelle Chatel de Brancion from Spin Architecture, Albion serves and sells fine seasonal fare all day long in an environment that champions all things British. With three sites in London, Albion Clerkenwell is the biggest (and we think the best). Here a vast number of Original 1227™ pendants loom large over diners in the ground floor café, bar and restaurant, setting the scene for Albion’s unfussy and informal dining experience. In addition, Original 1227™ Mini Ceramic pendants illuminate the downstairs bar, which is conveniently located right next to our new Studio space. Furniture comes from British brands too, from Ercol, Benchmark and Bethan Gray - even the artwork is British. So, for proud British brand Anglepoise, Albion represents our perfect home from home.
When it came to furnishing the Studio, speed was of the essence. With a new Paul Smith collaboration to shout about and a series of new products launched in Milan and ready to showcase in London, completion for Clerkenwell Design Week was the goal.
And we made it – just - thanks to key suppliers who pulled a whole colony of rabbits out of hats to get us spruced up and open for business in record time. Special thanks to Unibox who developed and delivered a stylish, flexible and highly functional modular display system in 3½ weeks from start to finish.This allows us to showcase a wide range of lamps of varying sizes and applications in combination with graphics. Equal thanks to friends at Vitra, who came up with a wholly appropriate, non-traditional workspace solution, combining Konstantin Grcic’s innovative Hack units and colourful Allstar task chairs with WorkKit benches by Arik Levy. Thanks also to OE Electrics for connecting us to the world with various power solutions including the popular Panda and Panda-8 surface mounted sockets; without you we’d be powerless.
Anglepoise London Studio is at:
Unit 1, The Turnmill,
London EC1M 5NP
You’re invited to drop by and say hello anytime you’re in the area. Trade representatives are advised to make an appointment first to ensure a member of the sales team is available. Contact us at [email protected]