One of our favourite pastimes is bringing beautiful, historic spaces into the modern day by way of our new collections. And what location could better fit this bill than Old Sessions House, a Grade-II listed former courthouse in Clerkenwell, London? From the 7th to 9th October, we were thrilled to transform the iconic building into a hub for interiors lovers, decking out six unique rooms with our latest pieces – the perfect stage for a dinner party and series of creative masterclasses. If you missed out – or would like to relive the magic – watch the highlights from our takeover and read our recap of the event.
We kicked off the weekend a little early – Thursday is the new Friday, so they say – celebrating the launch of our Autumn Collection over a private VIP dinner hosted by Stylist and Editor Sophie Goodwin. Twenty-two good friends of OKA enjoyed perfectly mixed martinis against the stunning backdrop of Old Sessions House’s central hallway, to the tunes of S.O.L Collective, the resident band at Chiltern Firehouse. Up next was a three-course meal hosted in the private dining room, where drinks and conversation flowed until the wee hours.
Over the next few days, we welcomed hundreds of design lovers into our pop-up. Guests enjoyed an exclusive sneak peek of our upcoming Spring 2022 Collection (hint, we’re bringing you even more options with additions to our custom-made sofa collection and adding new colours to popular furniture ranges). Our Interior Design team set up shop in the gorgeous plaster walled “bedroom” and were on-hand to answer all kinds of design dilemmas and queries. In a space characteristically packed with colour and pattern, how to mix and match was the order of the weekend, but “no conversation was ever the same”, says designer Sarina Hawkins. “It was fantastic to be able to engage with our customers in such an open and fun way, there was never a dull moment, in terms of the setting and the people we spoke with.”
It was fantastic to be able to engage with our customers in such an open and fun way, there was never a dull moment, in terms of the setting and the people we spoke with.
Sarina Hawkins, OKA Interior Designer