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

Nash at Home

Its that time of year again when we start our build up to London Design Week which means that whilst part of our team are busy behind the scenes preparing the stand for Decorex International, the others are doing what they love most and getting creative at the keyboards putting together the 2016/17 Curiousa brochure!

We wanted to share with you one of our favourite shots to be featured, a shot which was recently taken thanks to our friends at Nash at Home. A unique take on interior design, William and Donna at Nash have set up their home as their showroom, every room accentuates their perfectly syled and eclectic tastes... A photographer's and designers dream!

We're hoping it will be the first of many shoots at Nash. Can't wait to share more with you!

Register for your copy of the new brochure.

Haarlem Mill - We're in!

One week on and we officially have a new home in Haarlem Mill.

Haarlem Mill, located in the Derbyshire market town of Wirksworth, was built in 1777 by the famed industrialist, Sir Richard Arkwright.  It played a significant role in the birth on the Industrial Revolution as it was the very first mill in the world to use the power of steam.  At its peak it employed over 200 workers, making cotton and silks and is said to be the inspiration behind George Eliott’s classic novel ‘The Mill on the Floss’.

The mill is still in the process of being restored and we’re proud to be part of that regeneration, bringing traditional British manufacturing back to this beautiful building.

Our showroom is open for appointments Monday to Friday where you can get your hands on a range of seconds stock with a 30% discount. Book now!

We're Moving!

Haarlem Mill - Curiousa & Curiousa

Its been quite a year for Curiousa... Not only have we opened up our first London showroom but we've been busy with some incredible projects and more customers than ever before! 

To make space for these changes, we've got ourselves a beautiful new home in the form of Haarlem Mill. Just one mile down the road from our current Wirksworth studio, the new mill has undergone some incredible restorations; we've been planning, planning, planning to ensure that the Curiousa pendants will pay homage to the original curved bricks and windows that still remain.

We will be moving between Monday 1st and Friday 5th August, our studio staff will be available however we do ask if you can just bear with us as correspondence may be slightly interrupted! We expect to be back up and running by Monday 8th August.

Our new address is:

Haarlem Mill
Studio 2, Ground Floor
Derby Rd.

See you all soon!


Jamie's Food Tube

If there is one thing that our team love at Curiousa (apart from lighting of course) it’s food. So you can imagine our excitement every time we tune in to Jamie’s FoodTube and see our glass pendants taking pride of place above Jamie’s head! 

Jamie Oliver and his stylist, Sarah Tildesley, have supported us ever since the early days of Curiousa and it is a name that we are so honoured and lucky to associate ourselves with. The glass pendants that Jamie went for are a popular choice for kitchens and are perfect above an island, sink or a breakfast bar.

A little bit of Jamie thrown in with a dash of Curiousa… Bon appétit!!


We’ve just launched a new campaign for all of our lovely social media followers. Every morning the Curiousa team will sit and admire the latest customer photos – we love seeing the different settings they go into (and getting to have a nosey at peoples homes!!) From the very first enquiry we like to get heavily involved in each and every light and so to see the final designs come together is a special moment for everyone!

From here on in we’re going to be using the hashtag #CuriousaClub so that people can share their ideas, their inspirations and photos of their own homes and pendants!

We’d love to see your pictures, your pendants and your homes! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and lets get hashtagging:  #CuriousaClub!

We're open!!

Its been a while since our last blog but what a month its been! We have OFFICIALLY now opened the doors to our London showroom and can't wait to show you all around. 

Last night was our official launch and we celebrated the only way we know how.. By bringing a bit of Derbyshire to London with pies, cheese, bread and beers! Our event was exclusively sponsored by Peak Ales, the team there were incredible throughout the process, so easy to work with and even going as far as making our own exclusive and bespoke label!

A big thanks also for great beer from Wirksworth based Gaol Ales and sumptuous handmade chocolate from Steeple Grange Chocolate Fairies. Derbyshire Croots pies went down a treat and not to forget the great wheels of Hartington Cheese.

Despite the typical British weather letting us down, the turnout for the launch was incredible. With the official party of the new re-designed Timorous Beasties showroom just across the road, we were enamoured by the visitors that continued to pour in and join the celebrations... We only hope this is a sign of things to come!

We are so excited to hopefully meet even more Curiousa fans and welcome you all along to lose yourself in our little design haven we call 39 Amwell Street!