Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

15 June 2018

Review by Dieneke Ferguson

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Hakwood Shape. Behind Closed Doors

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Hakwood Shape. Behind Closed Doors

It was a real pleasure this year to visit the Clerkenwell Design Week.  It was sunny and the day I went there was a real buzz on the design trail with lots of visitors with their maps and badges.

It was the 9th year in which the Clerkenwell Design Week has grown and flourished. As in previous years there were 7 Themed Exhibitions. In addition this year more showrooms had opened up, there were temporary installations and commissions in the streets of Clerkenwell as well as the customary  programme of talks.

It was also great to see some of the designers that sell their work through the Hidden Art E-Shop.

Linescapes at Platform

Linescapes launched new products at Platform, based in the subterranean House of Detention.. It included a lovely set of assorted Miniprints.  Linescapes specialises in architectural portraits and is founded by former architect Amalia who spends her time drawing iconic buildings and undertaking private commissions.

Clerkenwell Design Week, 2018. Linescapes

Clerkenwell Design Week, 2018. Linescapes

John Green at British Collection

John Green exhibited at the British Collection, local brands located in the crypt of St James’s Church. He launched ‘Otis Tube’ a chair constructed from plywood with a tubular steel frame.

Clerkenwell Design Week, 2018: British Collection. John Green

Clerkenwell Design Week, 2018: British Collection. John Green

Dare Studio at Design Fields

Dare Studio launched 6 new products at Design Fields, in Clerkenwell’s Spa Fields. This included the Hirst Lights. Dare Studio produces contemporary furniture and lighting products for luxury domestic interiors and high specification contract environments. He exhibited with Hidden Art at 100% Design and Milan in the past.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Designfields. Dare Studio

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Designfields. Dare Studio

Mark Product
Cornish Furniture Brand Mark Product and Branding Agency Nixon Design hosted a series of events and talks. Mark Product recently launched his new Loop Range.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Mark Product in their showroom

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Mark Product in their showroom

PLATFORM EXHIBITION

Kinska

I loved the work of Kinska. She calls herself a 3D Story teller who likes to embellish her surroundings with imaginary characters. She is formally trained as a fashion designer and she is a self-taught ceramic artist.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Kinska

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Kinska

Trouping Colours

Trouping Colours was born to create opportunities for young designers with a track record, joining forces in order to exhibit their work at high profile venues.  At Platform this included work from Harriet Caslin, Louise Tucker, Harriet Caslin and Jisue Park.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Trooping Colour: Louise Tucker

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Trooping Colour: Louise Tucker

 

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Trooping Colour: Harriet Caslin

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Trooping Colour: Harriet Caslin

Objest
Objest exhibited some lovely watches as well as beautifully made interior accessories such as the bread board Furrow.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Objest

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Objest

Neb Abbott

The Furniture and Product designer Neb Abbott exhibited hand crafted sculptural wooden lighting.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Neb Abbott

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Platform. Neb Abbott

LIGHT exhibition

The LIGHT exhibition was again at the Fabric Nightclub.

DI – Classe

The Japanese lighting company Di Classe exhibited again lighting with a narrative inspired by nature such as leaves and branches.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: LIGHT. Di - Classe

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: LIGHT. Di – Classe

POP-UP SHOWROOMS

Sky-Frame

New this year were the pop-up showrooms. I particularly liked Sky-Frame, at St James’s Church. They presented the installation a Piece of Skye . The installation aims to bring out positive feelings amongst visitors by telling a story that transports visitors for just a few seconds away from their hectic daily lives, so that they can think and even dream; and most importantly put a smile on their face. ky-Frame brings a piece of heaven to earth and puts it in the context of London.  In a way it catapults the visitors into space and offer them a beautiful and surprising view down to the earth.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Sky-Frame

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Sky-Frame

INSTALLATIONS

Throughout Clerkenwell there also were some great installations.

Pipe Line by Lou Corio Randall

Bike Racks and Benches that are formed from a single continuous curved line of steel tube, which appears to exit the ground, twist the shape of the object and the re-enter the ground.

Clerkenwell Design Week, Pipeline by Lou Corio Randall

Clerkenwell Design Week, Pipeline by Lou Corio Randall

Royal Approval

By Kinetech Design, Amari Interiors, Applelec and Timberfusion at St John’s Gate

Kinetech Design has drawn on the rich history of St Johns Gate who saw the first performances of some of Shakespeares most famous works to showcase their signature kiri-origami style in an architectural structure inspired by an Elizabethan ruff.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, St John's Gate. Royal Approval

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, St John’s Gate. Royal Approval


Next Generation Design Pavillion by Scale Rule

This is a pavilion design conceived by GCSE Students from around London. It responds to the theme of sustainability by displaying layers that represent last, present and future and which creates kaleidoscopic oculus that invites visitors to direct their eyes up and become more aware of key natural elements around them.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: St James's Gardes. Next Generation Design Pavillion

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: St James’s Gardes. Next Generation Design Pavillion

Reform
Reform was made in collaboration with TDO Architecture, Studio DA, Studio 8FOLD and Bakers Patterns.

This consisted of polystyrene beacons diverted from landfill.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Reform

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Reform

Haru Stuck on Design

Haru Stuck on Design was created in Japan as an easy way to bring colour to interiors and create art. It is adhesive tape that sticks to all kind of service, including furniture, walls and floors.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Haru Stuck on Design

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, Haru Stuck on Design

Your Tote Counts by UAL Collaboration in partnership with Print Club London

This project extends the life of unwanted tote bags. Unwanted tote bags will be upcycled live using five designs by Chelsea College of Art students.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, St James's Church Gardens. Your Tote Counts

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, St James’s Church Gardens. Your Tote Counts

Spontaneous City by London Fieldworks

This installation is at St James Church Garden in Clerkenwell. It was designed by Art and Architecture Collective London Fieldworks and commissioned by Clerkenwell Design Week in 2011. There are two other similar sculptures in London. They are called Spontaneous city in the Tree of Heaven and reflect the surrounding architecture.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. St James's Church Gardens. Spontaneous City

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. St James’s Church Gardens. Spontaneous City

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