Best of Clerkenwell Design Week - Part 2
As promised last week, we are continuing with the best bits from this year's Clerkenwell Design Week. There were so many good and new things this year that covering this event just wouldn't fit into a single blog post. Spoiler alert - there is even going to be a Part 3!! Yea, crazy right?
If by any chance you are new to this blog, or just stumbled upon this by chance, here is the first part of this amazing annual event and as a bonus, a round-up of last year's Clerkenwell Design Week. You know me, I'm all about sharing goodies with you. So, without prolonging things any further - let's dive into this amazing Part 2. It's a juicy and a big one!
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Poliform had a very clean and sophisticated look (as always) in the Detail Exhibition this year. What attracted me was not only the smooth lines with which they are already known for, but those little details that are not so obvious at first. For example the minimal metal feet on these sofas or the beautiful desk lamp that actually never touches the floor (because it's suspended on the desk).
One of my favourites new comers this year was MannMade London. Their products are very versatile and fresh. What I mean by this is that you can very easily use them in an industrial or modern flat for a young couple and at the same time have them in a high-end residential home.
As the man behind the brand (and the founder) Sebastian Mann told me, it's all about the materials, and they really know what they are talking about! I really recommend having a look at their furniture, it's really unique. Oh and did I mention they have a 2 m long cantilevered dining table?
Par-Avion is a small design team formed by Simon and Monica Cassen. The duo is mainly creating beautiful stools using only safe materials (when it comes to the environment) through a mixture of traditional craftsmanship and a modern approach. However, they also make trays and different accessories.
I really do love it when designers create amazing products and are environmentally conscious at the same time. They really do make the world a safer place and enrich it at the same time.
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A short mention - these 2 installations were the best ones (in my opinion) out of all the installations hidden around Clerkenwell. I was really impressed with the craftsmanship, especially with the Order Installation that clearly pushed the boundaries of digital fabrication and structure. It reminded me of Architecture Uni and how to always think about connecting 2 or more elements together (and make sure they stay that way).
If you are looking for fresh, clean and colourful kitchens then watch out for Pluck because it's the new kid on the block, literally! It launched at CDW (Clerkenwell Design Week) last year but to be fair, they've been in business for about 10 years now. They specialise in creating and designing beautiful and colourful kitchens with hand-selected British wood veneers. And yes, those are cork drawers you see in the photos!
Again, I have to give a shout out to the designers who go above and beyond for their customers. This was the second set design I saw that was clearly created so that visitors can take the perfect Instagram/Pinterest shot. I'm surprised it's not a thing yet. Or maybe it is and I just don't see it yet?
A classic for me. I remember this chair from my childhood and how I used to test the seat to see what its breaking point would be. Needless to say that as a kid, I did not have the necessary weight to even get close to a breaking point. Either way it was a fond memory but that's not why I took this photo. It was more for the little side table there which I absolutely adore. It is a new model from the range S 18 and I would very much like one, please!
I must admit that Casa Botelho isn't really my cup of tea, but they do have some particularly lovely pieces that took my fancy. I can hear you asking "well then why share it if it isn't your thing"? Well, because sometimes you really can't judge a brand by its cover can you? This might not be my exact choice in design but that doesn't mean that one or two pieces cannot be spot on when it comes to my design ethos. We are all testing the market here and I think there is plenty of room for everyone.
To get back to the point here, this beautiful side table is the superstar of the stand. It works so well with classical, modern or any type of furniture really. It just goes to show that you can always be surprised, no matter your taste in furniture. You just have to stay open-minded. Also, here is an umbrella stand as a bonus.
Literally tonnes of colourful high-quality vinyl fabrics in every colour that you can think of. Yes, I'll repeat that - every colour of that you can think of. And with different grains! They are a leading supplier in the contract industry, but I have a feeling that if you need a one-time thing for your home, they will be able to help you out.
There you have it detail lovers - Part 2 of CDW 2017. I am really surprised by the number of newcomers and beautiful things displayed this year. Can only imagine what London Design Week will bring to the table this September so that it doesn't fall too far behind!
And as I mentioned in part 1, this is not the full round-up of all the best bits. There is also a Part 3 coming up so stay tuned for the last and best part of this year's exhibitions.
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PS: I did not receive anything from these brands to showcase them in this blog post. I only share products that I believe in and believe that you can benefit from as well.
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.