“Our customers have over a million products at their fingertips,” says Adel Zakout, co-founder and CEO of online high-design store Clippings. This currently equates to a dizzying roster of 792 brands that combines well-known names such as Flos, Gubi, Moroso and Tom Dixon with up-and-coming labels and a generous smattering of industry secrets.
The numbers are impressive, but Clippings has not recorded year-on-year revenue growth of 400 per cent based on quantity alone. Since launching the site in 2014, Zakout and fellow founder Tom Mallory have consistently sourced products of exceptional quality. Nanimarquina’s Afghan wool Medina rug (£4,746.19), for example, is a glorious combination of colour and handspun craft, while Brokis’s super-delicate glass Knot pendant lights (from £250) with their coarse fibre cords prove what visual magic can occur when traditional Bohemian glass artists meet forward-thinking designers.
This is a large site and it is aimed, primarily, at the trade. However, individual consumers are very welcome and should not be put off despite a busy-looking homepage with extensive lists of brands and product categories. The “What are you looking for?” search box is the way to go; browsers can either be vague and just write “armchair” to pull up a gallery of thumbnails, or type in something very specific – like “armchair, 65cm high”. Do that and you will be offered the Nubilo armchair (£1,958) designed by Paris-based Constance Guisset and produced by French manufacturer Petite Friture, which specialises in work by emerging talents. Contemporary, unexpected and beautifully made, this little chair crowded with circular cushions is a good summation of the Clippings style.