We showcase the best exhibitions from this year's Clerkenwell Design Week.
Now in its 6th year, Clerkenwell Design Week has quickly grown to become one of the most respected events in the global design calendar. Based in an area that boasts the highest concentration of architects and creative businesses in the world, this annual exhibition showcases the latest products from a selection of leading UK and international brands and companies.
Comprising four main areas: Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions offer everything from contemporary furniture and lighting, to cutting-edge materials and luxury accessories.
The Design Factory area was held in the Formiole Building, an imposing Victorian warehouse used as a location for both ‘Inception’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Presented over a total of four floors, this section was once again dedicated to the works of established and contemporary brands from the UK and internationally.
British studio Pinch, celebrated their 10th anniversary by launching their minimal ‘Avery Stool’ in English Oak (left). Others exhibiting included established furniture maker ‘Very Good and Proper’ who presented their latest range of furniture – comprising a strikingly minimal collection of wood and upholstered benches alongside a console with solid oak top (right).
Focussing on contemporary design, this year’s most exciting launches came from two newcomers. Continuing on from the success of their 2014 Loom range, London based H furniture exhibited their latest range – the highlight being a modular table system based on pie charts (top).
Ted Jeffries’ Tedwood showcased his first exhibition of furniture and lighting products. Handcrafted from only sustainably sourced wood, the collection is based on Ted’s concept of furniture as ‘a scaled down form of architecture’ (above).
Testament to the festival’s growing international reputation, among those exhibiting this year included Italian design laboratory Magis, who presented their latest collaborative works with Marcel Wanders and Ronan & Erwan Bouroulles (above). New Zealand studio ‘Resident’ showed their latest lighting collection that includes fissured glass spheres and sieve-like shades (below).
Located in the House of Detention, the Platform exhibition has established itself as a launching pad for the next generation of designers.
This year’s selection included Louise Tucker, a recent graduate from the Chelsea College of Art. Her sculptural lighting pieces are based on a fascination with weaving wood veneer (left). Similarly, London based Rubertelli Design launched their latest pendant light. Known for their fusion of art and design, the IRIDE light sculpture (right) is a dramatic piece composed of aluminium and cotton twine.
Alexander White showcased a new ceramic tile alongside a selection of his more established work. A collaboration with Empire Ceramics, his matt white geometric tiles were presented as a sculptural art installation and provided the backdrop to his exhibition ‘A White Workshop’ (below).
Situated this year at the Priory Church at the order of St John, Detail showcases the decorative side to interior design.
Those presenting this year included renowned fabrics company Lewis and Wood, rug maker Tania Johnson Design and C & C Milano. The garden adjoining the church played host to the latest outdoor furniture design from Cane-Line. This was complemented by the Champagne Jacquet bar who launched the company’s latest design, Rosé Cube.
Our highlight of this exhibition was the Mirror 6 collection by London-based design studio Tiipoi. Made by a local family in Kerala (India), this range featured plaited brass wall-mounted and hand held mirrors (below).
Debuted in 2014, the Additions exhibition hosts accessories and small, design led pieces at a dedicated space within the Crypt on the Green at St. James Church.
Returning for the second year was RCA graduate and MIX magazine favourite Kit Miles. The winner of the Dulux Colour Award 2015, Kit presented an inspired collection of wallpapers (below). His exhibition ‘Ecclesiastical Botanica’ pulls on a ‘diverse range of subject matter from the Byzantine Empire all the way to Stanley Kubrick films.’ This ranged from hyper realistic hand drawn works demonstrated in his Byzantine and Pendants pieces to the futurist and abstracted ‘Kubrick’ and ‘Cylinders.’