Well, it’s finally here…Clerkwenwell Design Week has begun! We’ve set up shop in The British Collection surrounded by amazing designers from all over the UK. The bare brick barrel roof of the historic church crypt works perfectly with our “urban rustic” design and the smooth copper worktop just looks so cool, in fact everything does! I’m so excited for everyone to see what the team have been working so hard to create, so if you are planning on visiting CDW 2016 please do pop by!
As well as manning the stand, I can’t wait to explore the jam-packed programme of events over the next three days. Sometimes it’s best to get a little lost wandering around and discovering your favourite new designer or stumbling across an installation that completely inspires you. It’ll be interesting to see if Giles Miller’s billboards designed to ‘subtly evoke the movement of visitors to the next festival destination’ will subconsciously map out our route. But whichever direction you choose, here are 5 things you definitely do not to miss this year…
A vicar may seem an unlikely collaborator but Andrew Baughen of St James Church saw the potential for this majestic 17th century building to be used as a workspace for Clerkenwell’s residents and who better to transform the space than award winning British designer, Tom Dixon OBE. His installation will bring to life the co-working environment that Baughen envisaged including a new kitchen and a spectacular chandelier from his latest ‘Materiality Collection’, all of which will be donated as permanent fixtures following the festival.
The amazing stone, wood and stained glass backdrop of the historic church are set to provide the perfect contrast to his innovative designs whilst being perfectly in-keeping with the new collection which celebrates the “raw materials” that underpin the inspiration for the brand’s designs.
This year we see Clerkenwell Design Week’s first education and community project. A talented bunch of GCSE students have got together through a series of workshops run by Scale Rule to design and plan the construction of this summer pavilion that will sit in the gardens behind St James Church. I really love the idea behind this, how cool would it be to see your school project amongst pieces from the best designers from around the globe!?
Get involved with a series of hands-on workshops taking place in this ‘exploded barn’ pavilion in St Johns Square. Celebrating Clerkenwell’s rich heritage of making and crafts, the workshops will be spread across the three days and will see local makers teaching you everything from punching a pendant to creating beautiful cards. The temporary museum will also host a selection of ‘sofa talks’ on the final day of the festival discussing the future of remaking in a circular economy with some impressive names in the world of design.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the launch of the ”world’s first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair” created by Benjamin Hubert’s studio, Layer. A combination of beautiful design, clever functionality and cutting edge techniques have created a huge buzz that the London based studio are hoping will attract the attention of manufactures who can help bring the product to the market.
The technology allows them to create a made-to-measure seat and foot bay, providing the ultimate comfort. The design also includes lightweight carbon spokes and wheel surfaces that lock into custom made goods for easier mobility. 3D printing seems so space age to me that this is automatically cool and I can’t wait to discover more.
This year saw the tragic loss of design legend Zaha Hadid. To commemorate her extraordinary talent her Clerkenwell gallery will be showcasing ‘The Seamless Collection’, an exploration of ergonomic design mixed with complex curvilinear geometrics. Her signature flowing style will be mixed with contrasting materials and colours, an interesting homage to a true design legend that is well worth a visit.
- See the full programme of events here
- To visit Clerkenwell Design Week and discover all these amazing designs you simply need to register here
- The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL will be exhibited in The British Collection at stand BW1