THE 3-DAY FESTIVAL FORMAT EVENT RETURNS WITH NEW EXHIBITORS & INNOVATIVE DESIGNS:
Spreading across multiple locations throughout Clerkenwell in the east-central part of London, Clerkenwell Design Week has quickly grown as a key event of the design industry and its physical manifestations in the UK.
Home to a plethora of world-class design showrooms, the three-day festival bonanza will give its visitors the chance to explore new products, collaborations and installations from both emerging and iconic designers.
Amongst the new names to grace Clerkenwell Design Week with their presence this year is Sven Christiansen, who will launch their new London Design Studio, following a move from Great Portland Street. This new space is designed to inspire and relax, with innovative soft seating, meeting and collaboration solutions.
Famed for their exploration of exceptional Nordic craftsmanship and uncompromising environmental standards in upholstery fabrics, Gabriel Group will also be joining the Clerkenwell phenomenon with a space dedicated to colour, textiles and patterns – a showroom created as a hothouse for creative powers, idea generation and product innovation.
Danish brand Muuto will be teaming up with leading contemporary designers for Clerkenwell Design Week, and Marazzi will also be showcasing their superb high-end ceramic tiles, well-known within the interior design scene.
Another highly anticipated debut will come from Pentagon Tiles, who will soon launch their Leather Lane Porcelain Gallery, beautifully designed by architect Simon Astridge. This project transformed an old car park into a superb showroom, made from colourful stacked shipping containers painted in red and yellow, drawing focus to the sensory focus behind its creation and connecting the visitors with the architecture and materials on offer.
There will also be several gorgeous pop-up showrooms for Clerkenwell Design Week, from iconic furniture brands such as ercol, with their Luca & Lara collection at Albion Clerkenwell, a new local restaurant, while Anglepoise will present a new installation marking their collaboration with Paul Smith.
Interna, the eminent Italian luxury brand, will be taking over a splendid contemporary house on Clerkenwell Green, designed by Paxton Locher, in order to introduce their ethos of the Italian lifestyle through luxury, innovation and technology.
A notable highlight of CDW this year will be the pop-up art installation by Brintons and contemporary artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood, which will be presented at Technique, a new creative workplace venue on Goswell Road. Outset Contemporary Art Fund nominated Dawood for this specific project, the result being a fascinating triptych of carpets with visual motifs and themes from his audio-visual archive, set up in a loading bay of the building.
Clerkenwell London’s Design Undefined will return this year as the multi-disciplinary store, spa, fashion boutique, restaurant and event space will be given over to a celebration of fresh design ideas, with a great line-up of designers involved.
Space and Icons will also be involved, as the event and co-working space is pretty much the beating heart of Clerkenwell, and an important part of Icons of Denmark.
Brewhouse Yard will be hosting the new Camira showroom, which explores the theme of water in support of Just a Drop, the international water charity. Equally respectful towards the environment, ege carpets will be showcasing their new ATELIER range, created with legendary fashion designer Christian Lacroix.
Domus will launch the Le Corbusier LCS Ceramics Collection this year, which was developed in partnership with Les Couleurs Suisse AG, part of La Fondation Le Corbusier, based on the legendary architect’s famous ‘Polychromie Architecturale’ – a coherent colour system consisting of a skilfully standardized colour palette.
The festival will also mark the launch of ‘Innovators at Heart’, presenting the stunning architectural flooring designed for BOLON by Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker Prize-winning French architect, whilst showcasing the Swedish design company’s experimental and collaborative approach to material production.
All in all, it seems like this year’s edition of Clerkenwell Design Week is voraciously packed with wonderful new creations from the world of design, skilfully blending architecture, comfort and art in a series of pioneering designs, collaborations and superb installations. Head on over to CDW’s website for more information on the venues and projects involved, as well as more news from their exhibitors.
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