Elemental shop Xmas opening hours

We are closed on Wednesday 24th December.

Our last day of business of 2014 will be on Tuesday 23rd December.

We will re-open on Saturday 3rd January in the New Year.

Very best wishes to everyone for the Christmas holidays! 

Sur un fil...Down the wire...by Johanna Valeur

Gently shimmering in the breeze on their branch, handmade and precious, Johanna's birds are subtle mobiles to decorate your home...
In her Hackney studio, Johanna draws fine birds and flowers with thin wire in different colours inspired from her sketches. She first started experimenting drawing with wires in a life drawing class and got hooked, and then developed her own technique.
Her work is inspired by the act of sketching and writing and expresses the freedom and the lightness of the movement of the hand.
Every piece is unique or part of a series of five. Exclusively sold at elemental.

In her frames, she captures the moment...Owl spreading wings

Tea time with Ikuko's tactile ceramics collection

Discover these delicate ceramics...for refined special gifts
IKUKO Iwamoto creates hand-made porcelain sculptural tableware.
The microscopic world, especially its intricate patterns are the major inspiration for her work.
Her pieces suggest the everyday, the ordinary, but are in fact extra-ordinary.
She uses the skill of slip-casting with plaster-moulds, and later on the decorative glazes are applied.
All of her pieces are produced one by one at her Clerkenwell studio in London.
She would like people to use them in their daily life and enjoy the tactile nature of her work.

Ceramic milk jug with yellow dots

Ceramic cups

Ceramic tall mug

Ceramic mugs

Ceramic bowls

Ceramic small cups

Recycled Bicycle Chain Chandelier

How many recycled bicycle chains does it take to make a chandelier like this? - 600 should do it.

Made in Holland by artist Laurence van Seventer using a plentiful natural resource that would otherwise be scrapped this imposing recycled bicycle chain chandelier is a one-off creation that is nearly a metre in diameter and over 3.5m in height.

Despite its humble origin it is elegant, refined, and diffuses a warm atmospheric light projecting unexpected shadows and patterns onto the surrounding walls and ceilings of the space. 

It is very interesting also to see the chains close-up where their differing levels of wear, colouration and slight variations in shape give the chandelier a surprisingly natural and unforced ambience. 

If you are passing by...

Pop into our shop at 130 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE to discover the latest collection of  Re-imagined Cabinets designed and built by Rupert Blanchard... as well as our new range of  Lock-lights designed and built by Colin Chetwood... delicate and subtle, an elegantly curved thin sheet of birch which could be inspired by wood shavings... recalling the Autumn colour palette?

The latest collection of up-cycled cabinets by Rupert Blanchard incorporate his signature reclaimed drawers and enamel-plate signs set into carcasses that have been built from plywood that was salvaged from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park building site and retains it's bright yellow hoarding paint. Re-imagined and re-used.

Our collection of desk and floor flights by Colin Chetwood incorporate a pleasing mixture of materials as well as a unique locking mechanism that allows the lamp to be adjusted to a variety of different positions. The lamps with spun steel shades are fitted with low energy leds and there is also a double headed floor lamp.

The collection of lamps are ideal for illuminating desk and other spaces as the darker autumn evenings draw in. There is also a limited edition exclusive to elemental of birch-shade desk lamps with reclaimed chunky angle-iron bases.

Birds of paradise, selected and sold at elemental

Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle
Edited by: Marketa Uhlirova

Book Design: Laurenz Brunner Studio

Essays by: Lucy Fischer, Inga Fraser, Ronald Gregg, Sumiko Higashi, Catherine Hindson, Esther Leslie, Giovanni Lista, Eugenia Paulicelli, Ryan Powell, Jody Sperling, Juan A. Suarez, Karl Toepfer, Marketa Uhlirova.

This book explores cinema costume as a form of opulent visual spectacle. It focuses on dozens of lavishly styled films made during three distinct historical ‘episodes’ in European and American cinema – early film of the turn of the 20th century, popular exotic spectaculars of the 1910s and ’20s, and underground queer cinema with its core activity in the 1960s – in order to examine how and why they often foregrounded dress as the star of the show. Looking at the medium of film in parallel with wider cultures of urban popular spectacle and entertainment, especially fashion, dance and the theatre, the contributors to this book explore how dynamic displays of costume and splendour have helped visualise certain key concerns of modernity, such as movement, time, transience and gender identity. Above all, the essays highlight the immense transformative potential of costume and fashion in the moving image and beyond. The volume is illustrated with over 300 film stills, frame enlargements and other archival images.

Positively breath-taking!

––Agnès Bertola, Department of Silent Fiction Film, Gaumont Pathé Archives

I get books and magazines sent to me every day and they pile up for weeks/months before I get to look through them… well, this one had me hooked right away. A terrific manifesto!

––Cindy Sherman, artist

Published by Koenig Books, London, 2013
344 pages with 313 BW and colour illustrations


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Venini Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa

Design: Carlo Scarpa

Venini Polyhedral Clear Glass Chandelier
Italy 1947

Venini was founded in 1921 in the Italian glass making capital of Murano-- in truth an island in the waters surrounding Venice. Venini is still active to this day producing high quality lighting and decorative objects for both individual collectors and major commercial projects. The Venini name is synonomous with great design, having worked with many major artists over the years including Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Fulvio Bianconi, and many others. Known originally as Cappellin Venini, the company hired the Italian painter Vittorio Zecchin to be its first art director in what proved to be the first of many wise moves made to quickly establish a reputation for excellence.

Early Venini glass reflects the "streamlined" Art Deco style which they helped to popularize, but Venini was known as a good place for artists to collaborate with Venetian glass artisans, free to pursue their own unique visions in glass with the help of Venini. Venini actively explored new glassmaking techniques, leading the Italian avant garde in moving beyond classic Murano glass blowing. In the 1950s, Venini was a pioneer introducing what today is known as mid-century modern design, especially lighting using glass in the colors of fifties modern. Venini designs are straightforward, clean, and simple, making a design statement with simple shapes and striking colors. Paolo Venini died in 1959, but his artistic tradition and his collaboration with talented artists of the time continues today in Murano.

Now the centrepiece of our new shop at 130 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6JE.

When the chandelier is on, the beautiful soft light is very subtle...

When the lights are off the chandelier still has a great presence....

We cleaned each precious and delicate hand-blown glass one by one.... before mounting over 300 of them back onto the framework of the light....

In the old tradition....

Marqueterie de Paille

We are currently showing some pieces for sale that celebrate the very old and little known decorative technique of straw marquetry or rather straw marquetry with a contemporary twist by Arthur Seigneur.

 The French Designer Maker Arthur Seigneur based in Paris...in his own words...

I was born in Paris, France in 1990. I grew up there with my father, who is an engraver artisan. During my childhood, I spent most of my time in his shop and the shops of other artisans. I decided this was the type of work I wanted to do after spending my years around others who could create beautiful items by hand. When I was 16 years old, I started an apprenticeship in a wood work school in Paris, there I won a competition as “Un des Meilleur Apprenti de France” (The Best Craftmen Apprentice in France). In and around Paris I worked in various shops including Reinhardt von Nagel - harpsichord maker, Michel Germond - high end furniture restoration and Serio Vittorio - high end furniture maker.    

After travelling around, I landed in New Orleans where I stayed and work for two years. I quickly fell in love with the city, the culture and the people. Surrounded by so much French history, I though about how I could bring my own “French touch” to New Orleans.

I was working with Heinz Gautschi in his mill shop when he gave me the opportunity to make my own project for the up coming Jazz Festival. I have always been amazed by “Marqueterie de Paille” (straw marquetry) and with my background of veneer marquetry, I wanted to give it a try, so I made a privacy screen with a traditional straw motif of a caricature of Ray Charles. Surprised by the overwhelming response by the people, I was pushed to enter a contest with my co-worker, where we made a Bar, designed with two salvaged fireplaces and fine straw detailing. It was an interesting project and thankfully, we won first place at the “Green Project Salvage Furniture”.

I returned to Paris after my visa expired and went to see Lison de Caune, the most renowned Straw Marquetrist in the world. In her shop I honed my skills and reached the decision to start my own project -. making furniture and up-styling salvaged furniture and always incorporating straw into each piece.....

Space Invader Screen. A tri-fold panel screen illustrated on both sides - advancing and exploding. 

An up-cycled vintage side table with a Straw Marquetry top...

A vintage trolley with a new look...

A new creative collaboration.....Cut and Straw: Pirate ships battle on the waves...

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