Best designs from Clerkenwell Design Week
Had the luck to be out and about last week, to see what Clerkenwell Design Week has to offer! Did not have too much time on my hands, but just enough to wonder around in a couple of places. I saw some pretty cool stuff & I really wanted to share them with you guys, in case any of you did not make it there.
As a little fun fact, Clerkenwell Design Week is an independent annual design festival established in UK. Last year for example, at its 7th edition in London, it attracted around 35,400 curious design lovers, both locally and from other countries - which is pretty impressive. So, without any further ado, here are the best designs from Clerkenwell 2016.
Leaf installation by Haberdashery
This beautiful light installation by Haberdashery, was hanging over the main staircase at Icon House of Culture. Made out of chosen bone china, it has a mesmerizing effect on the viewer. I was assured by the specialists that it is exactly because of this material, that this product is such a success. The bone china has a high level of strength, thus making it possible for each leaf to be hand moulded by William Edwards ceramics company (who is, by the way, the same company who provides bone china products for The Prince of Wales, The Royal Household and the Ritz).
Fly Armchair by Space Copenhagen
Fell in love with this stunning lounge chair from Space Copenhagen and curated at the exhibition by &Tradition. The dark navy is my favourite colour, but it also comes in a light beige and dark grey. The cool thing about this armchair is that the cushions are loose, so they can be arranged according to the posture of the user. Also, the frame is a gorgeous solid oak. Want, want, want!!!
Frames Armchair by Expormim
Designed by Jaime Hayon for Expormim, this beautiful rattan armchair caught my attention because of its lines and craftsmanship. The structure is a peeled and tinted natural rattan, available in 11 colours (yes, you read that right - and that is only for the structure). Customization is available for the wicker (octagonal wicker or Dutch wicker) and for the legs (finished in rattan or steel). Upholstery cushions are also available in leather or wool, and in many other colours.
Nic Parnell - Contemporary Art
These beautiful art works are made out of individual igneous strata (rocks solidified from lava or magma). The layers are formed by an array of free flowing soft plastics that eventually solidifies. The process is repeated hundreds of times, thus allowing the material to flow freely (like the natural movement of molten lava). The result? Beautiful and mesmerizing art!
Eclipse Edition by Whitebeam Studio
Obsessed with this stunning collection of limited edition prints! They are hand painted on cotton paper with pure natural pigment (with ground charcoal and silt from the Thames). These studies diffuse the colour and add, at the same time, a raw texture to the paper. I love the colour palettes chosen in the exhibition, especially the 3 'red' ones, which look like they just captured fire. Would love one set of these gorgeous prints in my home!
Tom Dixon's New Collection
This year, Tom Dixon collaborated with Andrew Baughen, the Vicar of St James', to exhibit his latest products in a beautiful, classic 17th century church on Clerkenwell Green. I believe showcasing in such an old place, full of heritage, really helped his products to stand out. It was an interesting blend between old & new, and for the viewers, it was a joy to discover both the interior of the church and the latest trends in interior lighting. Win - win I would say!
That being said, Clerkenwell Design Week is a wonderful experience, and although this was my first year exploring it, it will definitely become a regular thing in my schedule. Have any of you been to CDW? What designs where the best designs from your point of view? If you were not in London, then from what you've seen online or in this post, which product is your favourite? Would love to know, because it is so interesting to see how CCL is personalizing opinions. Until next time!
All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.