Hundreds of new products will launch this year at Clerkenwell Design Week (24-26 May), from small home accessories to large investment pieces. There will be eight main exhibition venues to explore, showcasing new products in contemporary design from the UK and overseas.
Exhibition venues this year include four new, specially made structures, as well as venues from previous years such as the Crypt on the Green and the House of Detention. Running north to south the venues are: Design Fields (featuring curated contemporary design); Platform (up-and-coming designers); Project (leading international brands); Additions (interiors products); British Collection (UK designers); Detail and Detail Pavilion (luxury interiors); and Icon’s House of Culture (international).
Design Fields will be held on Spa Fields, next to Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market, and is set to become a vibrant new destination for the show as the event expands its boundaries north. A variety of products will be showcased here, including 25 leading international brands. From Sweden, Zero will debut Plane, designed by Front. This is a light characterised by transparency and sharpness constructed with thin metal wires in a structural grid.
Working with recycled wool, the Plank collection by BAUX, designed by Form Us With Love, will also launch at Design Fields. Lightweight and flexible, these wall treatments are available in range of shapes, sizes patterns, and colours.
Platform at the House of Detention will be another place for discovery. Over 40 up-and-coming designers will show in the atmospheric venue. East London design boutique Laura Lea Designs will present an all-female collective of up-and-coming designers and makers in Platform, including Oscar Francis and Lorna Syson, design art pieces from RCA Graduates Yenchenyawen design studio, while artist and sign painter Archie Proudfoot will exhibit ‘A Gilded Cage’, a new body of work to adorn the venue’s cell walls.
British Collection will be located in the stunning barrel-roofed Crypt on Clerkenwell Green, St James’s Church, and feature some of the UK’s most exciting homegrown talent. This includes Brixton-based design studio 2MZ, who will be launching ‘Pluck’, their new modern kitchen furniture. South London-based Liam Treanor will also bring his collections that embody inspiration from sources such as the clean lines and bold forms of MidCentury architecture, traditional British woodworking, and the soothing aesthetic of Scandinavian modern.
Waterloo-based Hand & Eye Studio will show their elegant innovations in extruded terracotta lamps for the first time, and Jennifer Newman Studio shows her simple solutions for indoor and outdoor furniture.
The principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour showcasing the best names in the luxury interiors world, will be featured in the Detail part of the event. From within the majestic church and cloister garden, the venue stretches onto the street with the Detail Pavilion, on St. John’s Square, where the focus is on luxury surfaces.
Whistler Leather debut Handmade, their new leather wall panel collection. Created in exactly proportioned hexagons, the panels perfectly tessellate to create either an abstract arrangement or a full wall covering in an alluring colour palette. Furniture pieces from Cornish-based Sebastian Blakeley and Glasgow-based Chris Turner will debut, while Firenze-based Fred & Juul bring their modern furniture pieces inspired by old techniques, entirely handcrafted by artisans in Tuscany. Also from Italy, family-run Poliform will show the MAD collection by Marcel Wanders, their latest international collaboration.
New-York based Watermark previews Keepsake, its new modular collection of brassware currently being developed in collaboration with UK and US-based artisans. Visitors to Detail can contribute to the dialogue through a hands on ‘play centre’ where both new materials and the modular format can be explored. The conversation will continue on Instagram, giving participants the chance to win the Keepsake tap they designed.
William Knight, Show Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, said:
“The quality of work designers are bringing to the market is exceptional.
To see international brands at Clerkenwell Design Week venues – alongside British talent – is really exciting. This year, with the new show layout we hope to attract even more visitors and invite people to come and explore, and be inspired.”
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