By Annie Wu and Dieneke Ferguson
7 June 2017
Clerkenwell Design Week this year benefited from glorious weather and it was great to see so many people follow the well-marked trails that connected the shows.
As in previous years installations were positioned throughout Clerkenwell on key sites enhancing even more the festive character of Clerkenwell Design Week.
This included Order by Aldworth James & Bond at St. John’s Gate and the Next Generation Design Pavillion in the Garden of St James’s.
This year I went with Annie Wu, my new intern who had just started work the day before and she contributed to writing this article.
Her general impression was:
“I have never been to Clerkenwell Design Week and was amazed by how well organized and elegantly put together the exhibitions and installations were. From furniture to product design, outdoor events to installations underground, varieties of drinks to light conversations, this inspirational craft and design show provides joy and taste of many worlds in a sizzling, spring week.”
We came by bus from the office in Stoke Newington and our first stop was Vitra.
Here we loved the Pantone chairs and flower arrangements.
Detail was again situated at stunning setting of the Priory Church of the Order of St John with luxury interior products and fine craftsmanship. This included Jonathan Field with his new table.
The Brooch is Back, Transport for London with Craft Central
This was a lovely exhibition that pays homage to the history of the brooch and its creative love affair with London. A specially commissioned collection of thirteen brand new Underground-inspired brooches are exhibited alongside historic brooches inspired by the Underground.
The historic brooches are from the collection of Joanna Sterling and who range from the 18th to the 21st centuries.
Sally Lees created a collection of brooches with floral motifs inspired by unusual flowers for Kew Gardens Tube Station.
Sally also uses floral motifs on her jewellery which is available from the Hidden Art E-Shop here
Architectural portraits from Linescapes
Amalia Sanchez from Linescapes was exhibiting at Additions, a pavilion located in St John Square and dedicated to smaller design pieces and interior accessories.
We love her architectural portraits of iconic buildings who are available as prints but also can be bought on coasters, mugs etc.
Her work can be bought on the Hidden Art Shop here
Icon House of Culture
The Icon House of Culture Show at the nightclub Fabric curated by Icon Magazine had a nice selection of international design brands with a focus on lighting. The impressive brick vaults provided a dramatic backdrop.
The British Collection
For the second year running the British Collection was at the Crypt of St. James’s. It included the functional furniture from John Green.
His work can also be bought at the Hidden Art E-Shop here
The designers at Lozi combined digital manufacturing and traditional woodworking methods to produce elegant furniture. The simple and modern shelves seamlessly display and organize beloved treasures in a contemporary home.
Camilla Lee’s hand-crafted amplifiers for iPhones Resound take us back in time and brings out the warmth and richness of treasured songs. Reminiscent of gramophones and inspired by the therapeutic use of music, the organic amplifiers are unique and personal. Some are made from walnut, others of ceramic, oak and even terracotta.
Platform was located in the 17th century House of Detention and was given over to up and coming design talent.
We loved the Trouping the Colour initiative, which consisted of a collective of individual designers. It included Louise Tucker’s Pren Lights.
Louise Tucker’s collection of lights create a peaceful and hopeful atmosphere, casting beautiful shadows on the floor and walls. They are hand woven out of sustainable wood veneer and inspired by traditional weaving techniques and natural forms. Each product is crafted in Wales and demonstrates the balance between form and radiance.
Great Sutton Street
Ceramiche Caesar on Great Sutton Street offered to create your own design project with their porcelain stoneware collections and outside there was music and free food.