In this humble-looking storefront on the Farringdon end of Exmouth Market is some of the most exciting work coming out of Clerkenwell Design Week. The space, once a pizza place, then empty for 2 years, is currently occupied by Meanwhile Space, an interesting organisation that helps artists connect with landlords with available space between leases. They’ve just moved into the Exmouth Market space, just in time for Clerkenwell Design Week.
As luck would have it, in residence now through CDW is Melbourne-native Christian Dillon of East London Furniture and the Pallet Project, making furniture out of pallets and other found materials. These are not the slipshod, roughed up pieces you might be imagining — these are gorgeous pieces of furniture in their own right, with beautiful lines and a healthy respect for their honest beginnings.
Christian and company are tracking the origin of each pallet they collect and dismantle, intending to mark each one with the postal code in which it was found.
From their website: “Following the success of the workshop built in Whitechapel, this will be the second iteration of a temporary workspace focusing on building furniture from materials found on the streets…
The aim of the project is to:
__ use resources found in the surrounding streets to create furniture
__ encourage people to use the workshop to learn more about the construction of simple furniture
__ raise awareness of the volume of usefull resources disguarded by the City of London
__ engage with the community surrounding Exmouth Market to turn waste material into something more useful.
I love the story, the process, the finished product. Furniture has been made from pallets before, but I really like the combination of line, shape and size, and the way the features of each particular pallet come through in the patterns of colour. The shadows created are really cool as well!
And unlike the vast majority of furniture that will be shown during Clerkenwell Design Week, the Pallet Project’s pieces are affordable, most priced under £100! Here I’m secretly pondering which pieces we’ll need to discard from our balcony to fit one of these beautiful benches or stools.
See the Pallet Project’s work and buy their goods at Meanwhile Exmouth Market 17-27 May, or at the following:
Launch of Meanwhile Exmouth Market
Tuesday 24 May, 17.00-21.00
key speeches from 19.30 and an exhibition by the Pallet Project.
“New View of Clerkenwell” Roof Party and Market
Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
Thu 26 May, 4-8pm
RSVP to rsvp [at] creativeclerkenwell.com