MAY 22ND 2015

Clerkenwell Design Week opened this week, celebrating its sixth and biggest year yet. Now an established event in the international design calendar, Clerkenwell runs across three days with 85 showrooms involved as well as exclusive launches, events, exhibitions and installations.

CDW’s exhibitions make use of some striking spaces, from the House of Detention – a former Victorian prison, to the Order of St John, with historic rooms dating from the twelfth century. The new Icon House of Culture was a highlight, situated in the Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green. An 18th century former courthouse, the building is due to be renovated but for now remains in an elegant state of disrepair.



The House of Culture hosted interiors brands including Fritz HansenTimorous Beasties and Gubi, whilst Italian furniture brand Moroso displayed their M’Afrique outdoor furniture range. The installation, created in collaboration with (uncommon), a landscape consultancy, featured miniature gardens grown inside car tyres – a nod to a means of farming for many Senegalese and the Senegalese basket weavers who helped create the M’Afrique collection.

The Design Factory in the Farmiloe Building is the largest venue, housing mostly contemporary furniture designers and lighting across four floors. This year 
Johnson Tiles created an eye-catching installation in the entrance and Leica Camera were the official sponsors of the ground floor café. Brands on show included Curiousa and Curiousa, launching a new collection of hand-blown glass pendants in slate grey, smoked olive and aubergine.

The atmospheric House of Detention is the place to spot up and coming talent, including Chelsea College of Art graduate 
Louise Tucker’s sculptural lighting collection made from woven strips of wood veneer. Designer Rupert McKelvie’s Out of the Valley also caught our eye. Out of the Valley specialise in portable bespoke cabins, built using sustainable materials, and their first furniture collection embraces this natural aesthetic. 

Last year’s Russ + Henshaw’s colourful Tile Mile jazzed up the 16th century arch St. John’s Gate. This year British designer Sebastian Cox teamed up with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon to create the 
Invisible Store of Happiness, a striking installation made from arched and ribboned maple and cherry wood. Cox recorded every kilogram of CO2 expended during the manufacture and transport of the piece, with the target of producing less CO2 overall than it takes to make an Apple iPhone 6.

CDW has a deserved reputation for fostering creativity and this year was no exception. Sustainability, craftsmanship and innovation were all high on the agenda. Next up… London Design Festival and Decorex, where our clients Lapicida, Drummonds and Felt will be exhibiting.



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