Derbyshire Collective Café at Decorex


This year sees the 40th Anniversary of Decorex International and to mark the occasion three leading Derbyshire brands will celebrate the excellence and creative heritage of the county by collaborating to curate the main exhibition entrance café.

Innovative designers and artisans Blackpop, Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby not only share their Derbyshire base, but a passion for design, British manufacturing and the celebration of colour. The Derbyshire Collective Café will provide a sumptuous, eclectic and dramatic entrance to the Syon Park location.

Blackpop, who produce wallpapers and fabrics that 'punk up the past’, are creating bespoke table dressings mixing their trademark anarchic wallpaper patterns with a mix of surface pattern designs in the form of plate shapes from fine bone china manufacturer, Royal Crown Derby. Curiousa & Curiousa, renowned for their hand-blown glass lighting with colour at the heart of their appeal, will produce a series of playful stacked light chandeliers fusing glass shades with Royal Crown Derby’s fine bone china tableware to give an artistic and modern twist.

Royal Crown Derby’s Sales and Marketing Director, Steve Rowley, said: “We’re honoured to have been asked by Decorex to take part in the 40 year celebrations and have the opportunity of styling alongside fellow local brands, Curiousa & Curiousa and Blackpop main entrance café to be known as The Derbyshire Collective. It clearly showcases the high quality craftsmanship originating from the Derbyshire region.

“As a brand, we thrive when working alongside inspirational and innovative design excellence. We feel that both Curiousa & Curiousa and Blackpop align with our company values for providing customers with the highest quality, bespoke products which are manufactured completely in the UK.”
Design Director, Esther Patterson of Curiousa & Curiousa commented, "Having worked for a few years alongside Royal Crown Derby and Blackpop, I’m really excited about our first design collaboration, bringing the 'Derbyshire Collective' to the Decorex audience. I’m passionately proud of my rural roots so it will be great to show the creative industries are thriving outside the city.”

Design Director, Maxine Hall of Blackpop said, “Blackpop are excited to be collaborating again with our Derbyshire neighbours Curiousa & Curiousa and Royal Crown Derby - what a creatives dream! Our sumptuous wallpaper and fabric designs will be in their element, entwined with hand decorated fine bone china and colourful hand blown glass pendants, celebrating in style Decorex's 40th anniversary”.
Together, this Derbyshire Collective aim to establish an opulent yet outré aesthetic, championing innovative Midlands design, in celebration of Decorex’s landmark year.



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Decorex International 2017 - Stand A35


Launching exclusively at this years Decorex, Curiousa & Curiousa introduce their new chandelier
‘Tiger Lily’. This striking piece hints at our Colonial past with it’s art deco feel and far eastern
influences. Creating a striking yet elegant light that injects an intoxicating blend of luxury, colour and decadence.

Curiousa & Curiousa’s designer Esther Patterson commented ‘The tassel lights evoke a bygone age of opulence from the daring 1920’s and the influences at that time from the British travelers who brought back rich and luscious textiles and objects from the far reaches of our planet. As a nation we embraced these influences and a special style emerged from this. But to bring this piece up to to date we’ve mixed a contemporary Copper, rich Aubergine, Smoked Olive and Yellow Ochre.

Also launching at Decorex is the 'Lotus Dine’. Individually free-blown and hand-crafted to order, 'Lotus Dine' features three pieces of hand-blown glass, suspended beneath a bespoke, half metre disk of walnut wood, and their new table lamp; ‘ The Tulip’. This elegant stemmed light was inspired by both masculine and feminine design influences, fusing solid lines with a softer silhouette to create a striking lamp that gives a nod to mid Century modern design.

Stand A35, Syon Park, London, Sept 17-20


The Brains Behind Curiousa

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Absolutley London

Sometimes you need somone else to write your story to realise just how amazing it's been. Pendle Harte spent an afternoon with Esther in our Islington showroom and wrote a wonderful piece for Absolutley London.

Read her article here.

Photograph by Jack Bridgland for Berkeley Magazine

Wirksworth Festival Sale



We're opening our doors once more at this year's Wirksworth Festival. Not only can you see all our latest designs, but we will also have or once-a-year only offer of up to 50% discount on all our seconds in stock!

Now entering our second year here at Haarlem Mill, this is a great chance to explore this historic building as well as browsing our shelves to see how we can help light up your home.

We're open Saturday 9th September, 10am-5pm and Sunday 10th September, 11am-4pm

Bedtime Stories

How to create a stylish bedroom with colour

By Rachel Ogden for Button & Sprung

Colour can boost our mood, brighten up grey days and is one of the easiest ways to change the look of our homes – so why are we so reluctant to use it in the bedroom? Neutral schemes still reign supreme but the good news is that you don’t have to step out of your comfort zone to refresh your space with colour. Try these ideas to brighten your bedroom in an instant…

Primrose King Size Bed Frame in Fuchsia fabric, from £645

Add personality with paint

The bedroom is the perfect place to change how you think about paint. Rather than selecting one pale wall shade as a backdrop and planning a scheme from there, try to choose your paint colours as part of the whole palette. For example, you could take your colour cue from your linen, bed frame or a statement chair, then choose complementary or contrasting shades for your walls. Paint isn’t limited to walls either, so think about continuing colours onto furniture or painting your floorboards.

Annie Sloan, paint expert and founder of Annie Sloan Interiors

‘As the bedroom is a room that’s not often on show, you can choose colours that are personal. People may be surprised to hear that my bedroom is painted in a deep blue called Aubusson. It always looks welcoming at night when I put the bedside lights on. I’ve combined it with white linens and soft colours elsewhere in the room. Duck Egg Blue would be a perfect choice for someone less daring. I think of it as a neutral, which means you can combine it with others and they won’t fight against one another.’

Be a shade braver

While the primary function of lighting is to illuminate, it can be more than that, adding a layer of colour to any space. Once you’ve worked out where you need lighting and what type (try to include a mix of table lamps, wall lights and pendants), you can start to experiment with different designs. Coloured glass shades are a big trend, especially when combined with visible filament bulbs, while lamp bases in rich jewel tones look effortlessly elegant.

Esther Patterson, designer and director at Curiousa & Curiousa

‘In a bedroom, I love the opportunity to hang wall or pendant lights at either side of the bed as it’s a great way to punctuate the room with colour. Soft, restful shades work well, such as aubergines, greys or purples. Alternatively, if you want more of an airy summery feel, add some vibrant colours into the mix. Canary yellow with white linen can look stunning.’

Take inspiration from art

If you’ve fallen in love with a piece of art that’s destined for your bedroom, it can work well as a starting point for a colour scheme. However, when an artwork’s primary function is introducing colour, choose it after most of the major elements to ensure it doesn’t dominate the room. By doing it this way, you can layer colours, or use it to balance bold shades by providing a moment of calm. Be sure to pick a theme that won’t clash – for example, a coastal picture may look out of place in a bedroom filled with exotic décor even if the colours are complementary.

Finish with flowers

Small decorative touches can have a big impact and none more so than flowers. A fresh floral arrangement is a real treat, so display them in a vessel that reflects the style and colour of your scheme. Placed prominently on a bedside table or windowsill, flowers are an easy way to add changing colour with the seasons or enhance the feel of your bedroom, whether that’s a vibrant space or a relaxing sanctuary.

Sara Gordon, brand and creative director at flower delivery service Bloom & Wild

‘Bright flowers bring energy into the room, while softer colours bring a sense of calmness. I love to mirror the existing colours of bedding and décor with blooms, whether it’s bold brights, such as matching a pink rose with a pink cushion, or a more muted bouquet next to delicate bedding or wallpaper.’

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Thanks to everyone who visited us at Icon House of Culture at the Fabric building last week at CDW2017. We had a great three days, made over 150 new contacts, launched three new lights and enjoyed some fantastic food and drink!

Next up? Decorex at Syon Park, London, 17-20 September

All Roads Lead to Clerkenwell

We've been very busy in the workshop this week in preparation for Clerkenwell Design Week.

At this years exhibition we'll be showcasing three of our brand new lights, as well as putting on an exhibition on 20th Century glass at our neighbouring Islington Showroom.

Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

You can find us in ICON's house of culture, stands 22 & 23. The three lights we will have on show are;

The 'Cordero’ has not been shown to the public before and features more than 30 vibrant glass ‘droplets’. It marries the traditional craft of the glass blower with the flexibility of advanced LED technology to create a stunning, gem-like display.

The ‘Chintz’ pendant range was borne of lead designer Esther Patterson’s desire to ‘Bring Back the Chintz’ which Ikea famously encouraged us all to throw out in their 1996 campaign.

It’s time to embrace decoration and ornament again” says Esther who is also launching the new ‘Blush’ colour-way to compliment the range”.

'Lotus Dine'. Individually free-blown and hand-crafted to order, 'Lotus Dine' features three pieces of hand-blown glass, suspended beneath a bespoke, half metre disk of walnut wood.

In our neighboring Islington showroom we're bringing together a selection of decorative, industrial and utilitarian glass through the decades, with several pieces from Esther's personal collection which have helped shape Curiousa's designs today. (Location: 39 Amwell Street, EC1R 1UY)

Studio Opening Times :

Tuesday 23rd May – 12.00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday 24
th May – 12:00pm-6:00pm
Thursday 25th May – 1.30pm – 7.30pm


Curiousa at Maison & Objet

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We have collaborated with Royal Crown Derby and will be showcasing a selection of our bespoke lights including our Acid Drop Cluster, Caravaggio Chandelier and Tryptyc Orb on their stand at Maison & Objet. Head to Hall 7 stand J166 to have a look. The show runs from the 20th -24th January.

The crockery by Royal Crown Derby shown in this image is called the 'Royal Butterfly', see the full range here

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New Forest Stairwell Chandelier

Rachel Beckett Interiors invited us to design a bespoke stairwell chandelier that spiralled down across three floors, the piece was hung in a stunning location next to the New Forest National Park overlooking the sea and Lymington key-haven nature reserve. The objective for this ambitious project was to hang the chandelier from a skylight positioned above the stairwell to maximise light exposure through the window. 

After our site visit prior to installation, we then designed and made a brushed steel, spiral suspension which was positioned centrally to the skylight using wire rope.  A cascading swirl of 23 hand-blown glass shades were chosen in a cool colour palette to blend with the owners existing decor, starting with Slate Grey and moving down to Smoked Olive, Steel Blue, Teal, Yellow Ochre and finally Citron, these lights all beautifully merge together and create a statement piece full of colour and vibrancy.

Read about our other projects here.  

Exclusive Christmas Shopping event - Sunday 11th Dec 2016

As an early Christmas gift to our local supporters and friends we are coming together with Tineke Florists and Timeless Couture and Zest to host a very special event on Sunday the 11th December at our new studio in Haarlem Mills (Wirksworth).

As an exclusive offer we have put together a selection of bespoke Christmas gift boxes, each comes with it’s own hand-blown glass pendant, with our trademark fabric twisted flex and ceiling rose,  making the perfect gift to light up your Christmas. Our customers are usually given a 6-8 week lead-time, so this first time offer is an unprecedented opportunity to purchase a bespoke pendant right off the shelf.  Each pendant has been handpicked by creative director and designer Esther Patterson and can be purchased on the 11th with a very special 30% discount. 

We recently moved from our workshop based on North End in Wirksworth to our new space in the Historic Haarlem Mills so we’d like to welcome our customers to an unique opportunity to see inside the workings of our new Curiousa & Curiousa studio.

The event promises to be a great start to the Christmas season with our unique offer and of course festive food and drink, including cheese and wines from our local deli to keep those energy levels up!

We hope you can join us in our new space and enjoy a glass of mulled wine as a warm up to the festive season!

Islington Late Night Shopping Event

As an early Christmas gift to Londoners, select retailers and designers based in Islington’s Amwell Street, are coming together to host a special late night shopping evening on Monday 5th December. 

Bespoke lighting designers Curiousa & Curiousa have put together a selection of limited edition gift boxes each with a beautifully hand-blown glass pendant, including fabric twisted flex and a ceiling rose making the perfect gift to light up your Christmas.  

With customers usually given a 6-8 week lead-time, this is an exclusive offer and something that has never been done before. Each pendant has been handpicked by creative director and designer Esther Patterson and will be discounted by 30%. 

Amwell Street, Islington, is decorated with high-end and well-known designers such as Curiousa & Curiousa,  Blackpop,  Timorous Beasties, Wallace & Sewell, Quill, Canvas Home, artists from Tripp Gallery and many more. The evening promises to be a great start to the Christmas season as each shop entices visitors in with exclusive offers and products and of course festive food and drink, including cheese and wines from Curiousa & Curiousa to keep those energy levels up!

If you aren’t able to make the late night shopping event then Curiousa’s offer stands until they close for the festive break on 23rd December.

Showroom opening times are Wednesday - Saturday, 11.30 – 6.30pm.


Autumn: The perfect time to work the season into your home

This year, the Hygge trend has taken the interiors community by storm. “Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy in any given moment.” There is nothing quite as comforting as seeing those pictures of blankets, roaring fires, hot baths and intimate lighting. It is the smells, the décor, the lighting and most importantly the feelings we all seek as the seasons change.

We’re very well known for our use of colour and this time of year we’re surrounded by it. There really is nothing like an English Autumn, strolling through parks with such vibrant leaves decorating our paths. Invite those colours into your home and maintain the brightness through your decorative lighting.

When it comes to lighting this winter, the one key message we have is ‘give yourself options’. Your lighting should be bright in the day but cosy at night. We aren’t suggesting to change your bulbs from afternoon to evening, what we would suggest is a dimmer. It is so easy to hibernate away in winter, to stay inside with little lighting and lose days at a time. Though this sounds like the dream, it might make it even harder to make it through those winter months! Enhance the natural light that does make it through by switching dimmers up fully – by enjoying the daytime and keeping busy, you’ll feel a little less cheated when those nights close in!

We have done some extensive research into bulbs this year – with filaments on their way out, LEDs are fast becoming the go-to option. There are still very few decorative LED lights on the market but its something we are committing a lot of time to and promise to bring our customers the best options as and when they are available.

You might be focusing on dining rooms and kitchens for dinner parties and celebrations this festive season but its so important not to forget the rooms where you’ll actually spend most of your time this winter.

If your idea of a perfect winter is hibernating away with some good books then it is definitely worth investing in a good table lamp or reading light. Table lamps are perfect for highlighting your favourite pages, not being intrusive and are so versatile in being moved from one setting to another. A table lamp could be great in giving your living room that extra brightness you need for darker nights and perfect for picking up those metallic hints in the wallpapers that have become so popular this year, just like this Harlequin paper featured here. All just so perfectly hygge.

Light up your home with hygge, hues and a touch of Curiousa! Check out our Autumn inspiration on Pinterest.

Christmas Hours

Today marks the day for our final Christmas orders - that is orders to be placed for Christmas arrival! Though we are still accepting orders and will do our very best to meet deadlines for orders placed after these dates, we can't guarantee a delivery in time for those festive parties!

Our office will be closing on 23rd December and our team will be back in on Tuesday 3rd January.

It's a Derbyshire Life

On Wednesday 2nd November three brands, proudly made in Derbyshire will come together to celebrate the county’s design excellence and creative heritage in the heart of London.

Join us to discover glass lighting skilfully hand-blown by Curiousa & Curiousa, experience elegantly distressed wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings by Blackpop and enjoy festive fizz and luxury local delicacies served on English fine bone china, masterfully hand-crafted by Royal Crown Derby’s skilled artisans.

Meet the creative teams behind the brands’ innovative product ranges, which showcase quintessentially English design and creative eccentricity, and see footage of the traditional processes behind each luxury piece.

The collections will be on display until 22nd December so if you're in London for your Christmas shopping then make sure you pop in!

Beyond Caravaggio at the National Gallery

After the unveiling of Caravaggio’s first public commission in 1600, artists from across Europe flocked to Rome to see his work. Seduced by the pictorial and narrative power of his paintings, many went on to imitate their naturalism and dramatic lighting effects.

An artist that is still able to stir up emotions from fans worldwide, Caravaggio has been a key influencer in colour, drama and mystery for way more than his 400 years.

Having launched our ‘Caravaggio’ pendants in September of this year, we were delighted to recently see the opening of the new exhibition at the National Gallery. The pendants capture our take on Caravaggio with their own playful hint of light, colour and intensity and we can only hope that our collection does its namesake justice.

Christmas Orders

With just over 12 weeks to go until Christmas, we wanted to let you know the deadlines for placing your orders to ensure you can get your pendants hung and taking pride of place at this year's Christmas parties!

Dates for the diary:

  • Bespoke chandeliers and bathroom lights - 18th October
  • Single pendants, 3 or 4 Drop chandeliers - 1st November
  • Discounted stock - 1st December
  • Last posting date - 16th December

Any orders placed after 1st November will be given an 8 week lead time due to a 2 week Christmas closure.

London Design Festival

We're back in Derbyshire and although a little tired, we can't wipe the smiles off our faces as we celebrate what has been our best show yet with this year's Decorex International.

The show was a chance to catch up with familiar faces and designers we've been in touch with throughout the year, not only this but we met hundreds of new designers that we hope to work with on many future projects.

Its also been our first year on the Islington Design District Trail and our Amwell Street showroom has had a steady stream of visitors throughout the week. Whether its the personalised beers and bubbles enticing them or the beautiful new collections from ourselves and Blackpop, its great to be a part of the London design community.

We've highlighted our Top Ten exhibitors and new products for you on our Instagram. Our favourites included beautiful stand designs and new products from A Rum Fellow, Blackpop, Liberty London, Timorous Beasties and Jo Littlefair London.

Follow our Instagram and keep up to date with our latest news.

A Season for Opulence & Mystery

Its the start of London Design Festival and so what better time than now to launch our new Winter Collection.

Embracing autumnal colours and the darkened tones of Winter, the collection celebrates the onset of longer nights and a shift to the indoors, by bringing a sense of warmth, opulence and mystery into our homes.

The Caravaggio Collection takes inspiration from the Italian 16th Century Baroque painter, with sensuous shades and shimmers of light cast through Swarovski crystals. The Collection uses hand-made tassels from Jessica Light, all made to order in her East London workshop using methods dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Cloak & Dagger range is a first for us, finished with Nickel, Copper and Leather looks. Available either as a set or individually.

Esther explained her thoughts behind the new collections “I just love the rich, dulcet colours the autumn brings, the chance to light the fire and prepare to cosy up for winter. Lighting plays a huge part in setting the right mood and for me the Caravaggio range especially brings a sense of intimate indulgence.”

We look forward to hearing what you think!

Decorex International 2016

Decorex International is synonymous with luxury, and is internationally renowned for being THE event to discover the very best, and most coveted products from over 400 hand-selected exhibitors.

Decorex is the only show that we are doing this year but its a show that is so important to us in understanding the year ahead. Its a great place to catch up with customers old and new and also to see the trends for 2017 from industry experts.

Decorex is also the perfect place for us to launch our Winter collections so if you're at Decorex this year then pop by stand A33 and say hi!

Islington Design District Trail

It will be our first year as part of the London collective and we are so excited to be fully immersed in it all! We'll have bubbles and personalised beers waiting for those making their way around the trail.

The Islington Design District launched in September 2014 as part of the London Design Festival to bring together a new and exciting collection of design-led shops, showrooms and cafes in the Islington area. This year IDD will be back bigger and better.

The new collections from ourselves and Blackpop will be launched as part of London Design Festival meaning the shop will be taking on a whole new style ready for Autumn/Winter 2016 where shimmering beaded tassels and leather finished pendants meet Jackson Pollock inspired wall coverings and fabrics.

Our 39 Amwell Street showroom will be open for the whole of London Design Festival.

Mon - Sun 11.30am - 6.30pm, Tue 11.30am - 9.00pm