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Design in hospitality with Vitra

Clerkenwell is known for many things: the well after which it was named, a rich history of architecture, the streets that inspired Dickens’ Oliver Twist and design studios....lots of design studios.

It is viewed by many as the design capital of Europe, not least because of the proximity of so many like-minded brands and their showrooms, but also because of Clerkenwell Design Week.

At the start of every summer the streets come to life and the local eateries bulge at the seams as 30,000 people and over 500 brands descend on this tiny pocket of London.

Vitra Showroom London Tramshed

We have (for the most part) been somewhat passive in terms of our involvement in the festivities. So this year, we wanted to do something a little special and we are delighted to be partnering with Vitra to celebrate the launch of their new Mikado chair, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby (pictured below).

Vitra & Jay
Mikado Sketch

Ed and Jay are designers who articulate iconography in a way that influences the lives of their followers. Whether it’s the beautiful lines and curves of their Bellhop and Tab lamps, the bright pop of colour and industrial design of their Rimowa suitcase range or their most recent collaboration with Scandinavian paint brand Blēo. The DNA of their distinct style and approach is far-reaching.

Vitra Mikado chair in the Dining Room at Luca

The Mikado chair is designed with hospitality in mind, with its defining backward-tilt action allowing the user to transition seamlessly between relaxed and more upright positions. Sustainability is also key, informing every aspect of the construction with removable covers that can be replaced, extending the lifespan of the chair, as well as recycled aluminium for the inner seat panels and backrest.

Vitra Mikado in The Dining Room at Luca

Our passion for food, drink, hospitality and music is matched by few things, but design is up there. Our approach to creating destinations that people love is underpinned by an ethos of ‘considered creativity’. This holds true in our collaboration with Vitra and the Mikado chair itself.

During Clerkenwell Design Week, we will be showcasing the chair in a range of exclusive finishes chosen by Luca and Barber Osgerby. You’ll also see a number of iconic Vitra pieces throughout the restaurant. The activation will be complemented by a one-off set lunch menu offering three courses for £70 including a special dessert of English strawberry and vanilla cheesecake, basil and aged balsamic.

Building relationships is at the heart of what we do and our connection with Vitra is no different. Over the years they have become regulars at Luca and we’re really excited to bring some of their Swiss elegance to our little corner of Clerkenwell.

View our photo book retrospective of Clerkenwell Design Week 2024 here

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