15 June 2018
Review by Dieneke Ferguson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Objest exhibited some lovely watches as well as beautifully made interior accessories such as the bread board Furrow.
The Furniture and Product designer Neb Abbott exhibited hand crafted sculptural wooden lighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reform was made in collaboration with TDO Architecture, Studio DA, Studio 8FOLD and Bakers Patterns.
This consisted of polystyrene beacons diverted from landfill.
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.
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.
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.