The sun was shining, and armed with our best walking shoes and our handy Clerkenwell design week map we headed to Farringdon for #CDW19 to discover small independent designer makers, as well as, say hello to some of the most established brands we work with. Including Moroso, Mater, and Cappellini.
The best thing to do is to register before hand to avoid the queues at the registration desk. Like every year Fabric (yes, the famous London nightclub) turns into the ideal setting for the lighting exhibition. With its dark, and exposed brick wall structure, light installations take centre stage. Whilst, brands are dotted around the venue each showcasing their latest innovations and collections. Here are some of the one’s that caught our eye:
- Wever & Ducré
- XAL – magnetic lighting system
- Studio Haran – English earthenware clay and sustainably sourced oak floorlamps
- Bert Frank
We then moved on to the exhibition grounds towards Clerkenwell Road, and we were delighted to find that this year Anna Hayman had a beautifully styled space just outside the DETAIL exhibition space. As always, we couldn’t help but be mesmerised by her designs, and her irresistibly tactile patterns and prints.
Every year Clerkenwell Design Weekpresents new design projects and street spectacles commissioned specially for the festival and featured around Clerkenwell’s exhibition route. We came across some of these pieces, Once Upon a Time draws on the rich and sometimes dark historical tales of Clerkenwell. In conjunction with University of the Arts London, Graphic Design Communication students created the artwork below. One a modern memorial and the other a geometric illustration to represent an explosion in a modern way.
Last but certainly not least, we took a walk down PLATFORM – with its subterranean and distinct architecture (and smells!) of the House of Detention, it showcases the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent. We were immediately drawn to Trouping Colour, a designer led collective that aims to bring undiscovered talent to the forefront of the design world. And STORE a London-based association of artists, architects and designers composed of three core elements: an educational programme of art and architecture courses, wide-ranging public events and exhibitions, and a socially engaged design practice.
1. Hooks and hangers made using industrial production method by Studio Ilio and young students. STORE project.
2. One off glassware by STORE
3. Christina Hesford
4. Studio 9191 – a modern take on Banksia nut designs
5. VR designed porcelain ceramics by STORE
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