Clerkenwell Design Week highlights

This year’s Clerkwenwell Design Festival starts in less than a month, launching its fifth edition with a bigger line-up than ever.

Hyde Stacking Stool by Assemblyroom
Hyde Stacking Stool by Assemblyroom

The three-day event takes place in various venues across the London area, focusing on four main hubs – the Farmiloe Building, showing bigger, international brands at Design Factory, and Detail presenting high-end interiors and decoration in Priory Church at the Order of St John. Up-and-coming design talent will be on display at the Platform section in the underground Victorian prison at The House of Detention; while the new Additions strand of the fair takes place at the Crypt on the Green at St. James Church, exhibiting small design pieces and accessories.

Camira Silk
Camira Silk

As usual, the many design showrooms in the area will be opening their doors to the public and laying on special events over the festival’s tenure.

A Rum Fellow - Tribal Chairs
A Rum Fellow – Tribal Chairs

Vitra on Clerkenwll Road will be using the opportunity to celebrate the 15th birthday of Ron Arad’s Tom Vac, by commissioning more than 20 architects and designers including Morag Myerscough, Morey Smith and Jump Studios to re-style the chair. The pieces will be displayed at the showroom from 20 May.

Camberwell Collective, SACK chair frame
Camberwell Collective, SACK chair frame

Product launches taking place at the festival include the new Mews  range of tiles from Domus and Italian ceramic house Mutina , designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Elsewhere, Germany-based furniture manufacturer Kusch+Co is unvileing its latest collections and celebrating its 75th anniversary, while Dauphin will launch its new ‘acoustic sofa’ Cocone.

Camilla Webb Carter, Clapham Installation
Camilla Webb Carter, Clapham Installation

Those looking for a little liquid refreshment should head to the Brewhouse Yard Davison Highley showroom, which is hosting a series of brewing-based events to celebrate its first birthday. The upholstered furniture manufacturer has also commissioned ‘Lego professional’ Bright Bricks to recreate pieces from its collection entirely from Lego.

The streets of Clerkenwell are also getting involved thanks to a series of installations, including a pavilion piece by Studio Weave entitled Smith. The work aims to  ‘pay homage to Clerkenwell’s heritage as the home to a range of smiths through history’, according to festival organisers, and will showcase ‘the creative use of tools and equipment, and how they can be applied to materials for product making’.

Studio Weave - Smith Installation
Studio Weave – Smith Installation

At St John’s Gate, Architects Russ + Henshaw will be creating the Tile Mile installation with Turkishceramics, based on the idea of ‘reflection’, and aiming to celebrate Clerkenwell’s built history and modern-day Turkish ceramics.

Russ + Henshaw - Tile Mile
Russ + Henshaw – Tile Mile

Clerkenwell Design Week takes place from 20 – 22 May at various venues around Clerkenwell. For more information visit clerkenwelldesignweek.com

Clerkenwell Design Week 2013
Clerkenwell Design Week 2013

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