Pitfield London, Hoxton’s favourite left field interiors and lifestyle emporium, presents an exhibition with artist Alexander James
Pitfield London, an eclectic emporium that showcases the rather particular world view of owner/curators Paul Brewster (a textile designer) and Shaun Clarkson (an interior designer). The interiors and lifestyle shop and café houses vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and a constantly rotating exhibition of local London designers, craftspeople, photographers and artists.
“The idea is that someone leaves a legacy and contributes to the Pitfield brand” says Clarkson.
From 7 December, they aim to present an exhibition of artwork by London-born artist Alexander James. His pieces meld photography, art and design in painterly fashion, and incorporate the work of 17th century Dutch masters, shot underwater.
“[He’s] done a beautiful butterfly paperweight and vivid silk printed cushions which we’ll sell in the shop,” Clarkson explains.
Photo: Pitfield London
Having designed many of London’s most infamous bars, clubs and restaurants in the ‘90s and noughties, it follows that Pitfield’s clientele is a who’s who of London celebrities. You’re just as likely to rub shoulders with Jarvis Cocker or Keira Knightley here as you are with any number of coffee- loving hipsters.“It’s a very raw factory space so we wanted a bit of life and the café is a constant stream of people that feeds the shop and vice versa. It’s a good marriage.” says Clarkson.
Plans for the future? “We’d like to have several emporiums eventually, perhaps one in New York or Paris but with the website I like the fact that people can buy a bit of Pitfield all over the world,” he says.
Dramatic, daring and stylish, Pitfield takes a unique, experimental approach that clearly hits the Hoxton spot.
Clarkson sums it up: “My philosophy in life is ‘give it a whirl.’”
Alexander James Exhibition
7 December-January 2013
31-35 Pitfield Street
London N1 6HB
020 7490 6852