From interior designer Shaun Clarkson and textile designer Paul Brewster this exciting new venture only opened this past winter and reflects their bold, whimsical tastes creating a retail and exhibition space that is pure fantasy and escapism. Clarkson and Brewster discovered the area’s charms almost 20 years ago, having lived and worked in the neighbourhood long before it became the place to be, so are far from ‘new kids on the block’.
A much-‐needed addition to this edgy corner of the city, Pitfield delivers on so many levels- it’s a stylish curiosity shop as well as a curatorial space with a constantly rotating exhibition of local London designers where craftspeople and artists sit alongside well-‐established international brands, design classics, re-‐invented items, vintage pieces and Clarkson’s and Brewster’s own designs.
The Pitfield Café is an extension of the lifestyle, bringing Clarkson’s designs to life in an environment that people can experience and buy into. The café offers a meeting place and an inspired gathering place in which to socialise or work. Clarkson and Brewster have partnered with Eddy Grappy who designs the menu and runs the café. Freshly ground, specialist coffee will be complemented by brownies, muffins, cakes and luscious, fluffy meringues made on-‐site. On the savoury side, super-‐healthy salads, sandwiches and pizzas, all using local produce, will also be on the menu. Pass by their window and you will see why it is virtually impossible to resist stepping inside!
What’s more, the café is furnished with found items and reworked vintage pieces- all of which are unique and for sale. “If somebody wants to pay for the chair he is sitting on and walk out with it, we can arrange that,” says Clarkson. “Or if they like the cake stand, they can buy that too.” Pitfield will continue to change and evolve regularly. In what is effectively a raw space, the vignettes created by Clarkson and Brewster will always compel, inspire and draw in the creative and curious. Their work can never be described as bashful: it is dramatic, sometimes over the top and always incredibly rich in cultural and historical references.
Either way, their designs belie a perfectionist’s eye for detail and an absolute passion for every single item in the room, be it a distinctive mid-‐century vase or some unusual wallpaper from a small manufacturer in California. Nothing is an accident. With Brewster’s unparalleled experience in the textiles world, coupled with his sharp exquisite taste, pattern and colour will be the order of the day. Brewster’s work with designers such as Versace, Gianfranco Ferre and Diane von Furstenberg has allowed him to bring an elegant splash of tasteful excitement to the interiors environments he helps to define.
Most of us have been in a signature Shaun Clarkson-‐designed environment, be it the Harvey Nichols bar, the bar at the Oxo Tower, the Dukes Hotel Bar or a seemingly simple but wonderfully loud La Porchetta pizza restaurant, all of which exude Clarkson’s unique and vibrant style.
Brewster and Clarkson’s beautiful east London house was recently featured in World of Interiors magazine and was photographed in all its glamorous glory with their fantastic collections of objects found at car-‐boot sales, flea markets and antiques fairs. Equally, their two other country retreats in Norfolk, Carrington House and Cliff Barns, are stamped with their unwavering spirit, hallmark clashing patterns and unforgettable colours. It is this very spirit that will be transported straight into Pitfield, the only store of its kind in London. “I’ve been designing for 20 years,” says Clarkson. “And it’s now time for us to open this space and bring a bit of our fantastical lifestyle into a retail environment.”
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