CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS
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CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

EXPLORING CLERKENWELL’S CHURCHES, PRISONS & NIGHTCLUBS WITH A DESIGN TWIST:

The eighth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week has certainly proven itself as a highlight of London’s design calendar for 2017. Once again focused on celebrating and highlighting the innovation and creativity stemming from London’s historic Clerkenwell quarter, CDW was home to over 250 exhibitors, spanning across more than 90 showrooms and six exhibition venues.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

The event also featured ten installations that blurred the line between design and art, along with a series of workshops, walks and talks that further showcased the best of new British and international design.

We’ve gone through the whole festival and were thrilled to pick up some delightful new products, innovative designs and trends that are bound to leave their mark on how the industry will develop over the next couple of years.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

Exhibitors:

Nearly one hundred showrooms welcomed design lovers from all over London and beyond, hosting talks and workshops along with new product launches and installation presentations. There were also some fabulous newcomers to Clerkenwell’s design scene – including celebrated brands such as Sven Christiansen, Gabriel Group, Muuto, Arper and the much-anticipated opening of Leather Lane Porcelain Gallery by Pentagon Tiles, which was designed by Architect Simon Astridge.

Arper (Image Credit: Marco Covi)

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Muuto

The festival also delighted visitors with several funky pop-ups from ercol and Anglepoise at Albion Clerkenwell, as well as the collaboration between Brintons, Shezad Dawood and Deadgood for the Deadgood x Breather Lounger, the latter welcoming guests to revel in the panoramic views over London’s iconic skyline, complete with freshly brewed coffee from Workshop Coffee.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Anglepoise

CDW Presents:

CDW Presents was an insight into temporary architecture, materials and the use of public space, as a programme dedicated to exploring urban designs that everyone can enjoy. The specially commissioned installations were spread across CDW’s exhibition trail, giving visitors the opportunity to interact with each work.

As we walked from south to north, the Arch of St John was adorned with Order by Aldworth James & Bond with Corian.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

Looking over the road, we found Shinola Detroit and Giles Miller’s The Bolt: A Celebration of Craft, one of our absolute favourite stops during the festival. The Detroit-based design and manufacturing brand worked with the British materials composer for their debut at CDW. Their project was a large-scale piece of architectural sculpture, installed within St John’s Square and perfectly resonating with the area’s history.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

Going deeper into Clerkenwell, Scale Rule returned with the Next Generation Design Pavilion in the Garden of St James’ Church, while Clerkenwell Close offered visitors the opportunity to walk through Hakwood and Sally Hogarth’s Double Vision installation, leading right into Northampton Road, where Ideal Standard showcased artworks from Fountain 17 along the Finsbury Business Centre.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

The CDW trail ultimately brought us to the already-famed Design Fields, where the Perspex® Brand had mounted its superb Beacon installation – best experienced by climbing the 7.5m to the platform overlooking Clerkenwell.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

The Playbox was another highlight of Clerkenwell’s design show, created by Shape London and Fraher Architects, along with the BuzziJungle by BuzziSpace. Sally Hogarth also worked with Karndean Design for a series of installations titled Kaleidoscope, which were tastefully sprinkled along the exhibition trail.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

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Marvellous Spaces:

Six exhibition venues held hundreds of new designs, from home décor and accessories to luxury textiles, furniture and gorgeous ceramics, along with bespoke surface finishes, lighting and contemporary artworks.

Design Fields was, by far, a favourite highlight of ours, situated just north of Clerkenwell, near Exmouth Market. The space hosted a broad range of objects from international brands such as OFFECCT, Swedes and John Lewis, and it was also home to Conversations at Clerkenwell.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

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The Garden of St James was the chosen exhibition space of several innovative design brands under the PROJECT umbrella, including Knightsbridge Furniture, Moventi, Moduleo and Palau, spanning over two generous structures brimming with contemporary lighting, furniture and accessories.

Last year, Clerkenwell Design also launched its British Collection section, which returned this year in the Crypt of St James’ Church on Clerkenwell Green with stunning new collections from both returning and new exhibitors – included amongst them were Hand & Eye Studio, Morfus and Adventures in Furniture, all acclaimed representatives of creative home-grown design talent.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

St John Square hosted Additions, showcasing some charming small home décor pieces from both emerging and establish talents – worth mentioning here were Beatrice Larkin’s new works for the Monochrome collection and Transport for London’s latest designs with TFL.

DETAIL was a haven for high-end interior design through its choice of exhibitors, each celebrating fine craftsmanship and glamour. Dedar, Frassk and Poliform were featured throughout the Church, the Crypt and the charming Cloister garden at The Order of St John, alongside Jonathan Field – a revered designer and manufacturer of striking bespoke and one-off furniture pieces, inspired by Yorkshire panoramas and sourced from high quality timber.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Jonathan Field

PLATFORM returned to House of Detention, the subterranean venue where new product launches were presented from twenty of the world’s most promising design brands, including From + Beyond, D.A.D. and Urban Roof Gardens.

ICON House of Culture also returned to Fabric for its second year, as the legendary nightclub was the chosen exhibition space for stunning new lighting and furniture designs from both British and international labels.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

Some Fringe Designs:

Clerkenwell Design Week also pushed to expose the creativity that the Clerkenwell quarter has to offer across its endemic businesses and practices, along with its already established showrooms and brands.

Legendary design duo Fredrikson Stallard opened their studio to CDW guests throughout the festival, while Stirling Ackroyd teamed up with FORA to present A Space To Be Brilliant, a series of insightful talks focused on workspace design, held by celebrated designers and architects.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK: HIGHLIGHTS AND INNOVATIONS

Image Courtesy: Andy Hendry

Last but not least was Goldsmith’s Centre, which opened an extensive programme of material workshops, talks and drop-in sessions, sitting alongside a large-scale installation and stunning displays in the main area.

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