2 Jun 17
Clerkenwell Design Week
Design means a lot to us. Our London hotel is tucked away in the leafy Charterhouse Square in Clerkenwell; home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. Here the lobby and lounge area double up as the official showroom for north London-based furniture designers Hitch Mylius.
Each year leading brands from around the world come to together for Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). They showcase their designs through a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations across Clerkenwell. Partnering with Hitch Mylius means we get to take part in a lot of the action, making it one of our favourite events on the UK design calendar, but this year we went one step further.
We invited street artist Xenz, who we’d previously commissioned to decorate the lobby of our boutique London hotel, to host a secret pop up for CDW. We handed him the keys to two of our bedrooms, where he spent several days transforming the walls for this unique temporary exhibition. Visitors were invited to the exhibition over the course of CDW to explore the ideas behind Xenz’ urban scrawl.
Xenz began his career as an artist in the late 80s, spraying walls of derelict warehouses in Hull. Nowadays his work can be found all over the world, and he is best known for his opulent wildlife scenes that conjure fantasies of a lost paradise. He references Enid Blyton's ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ as an influence, and his artwork features exotic flowers, birds and butterflies. Though the bedroom exhibition has now been taken down, his beautiful work is still the backdrop to our lobby. Come and check it out.