For three days in May, Clerkenwell Design Week transforms the streets and alley ways around St John’s Square, London, into a riot of design and creativity. Leading design companies from across Europe sit alongside start-ups and independent designers to showcase their talents and products. The area’s design studios and interiors companies, usually focused on business clients, throw open their doors. Everyone is welcome.
With so much to choose from, it was hard to create a list of highlights. These are just some of our memorable events – the list could have been so much longer!
Aper Showroom – the charming staff at Arper turned their showroom into a digital hub for bloggers and writers. It was quite simply the most stylish workplace I’ve ever worked in – if only all offices could be so uplifting!
Billboard – designer Giles Miller transformed glass tiles from British Ceramic Tile into giant ‘swoosh’ billboards. The boards acted as way-markers for visitors around the festival. Like pieces of dissected dragon skin, the colourful scales danced and shimmered in the alternating sunshine and showers.
The Church – iconic designer Tom Dixon transformed St James Church, Clerkenwell Close, into a showcase with a legacy. During the festival, the church housed Dixon’s products but now it’s all over, some pieces have been left behind to create a working space open to local residents and workers. The church is evolving and re-asserting its role in the community.
Purple Patch – Studio Egret West, a design studio, created Purple Patch, a sea of flowers. The densely packed blooms gave off a remarkable aroma and brought the essence of spring to the festival.
Sensorium – the Victorian pleasure garden was revived by international design practice HASSELL and Scandinavian seating designer HÅG. A kaleidoscope of mirrors, a virtual reality experience, peep holes, kaleidoscope tubes and candy floss set in a sea of greenery and mock grass carpet, the teams created a remarkable experience.
More festival highlights along with some of our favourite product finds. Sadly, we couldn’t include them all! Click on any image to launch the gallery and simply scroll through.
Feature Image: sound-absorbent Airleaf acoustic tiles by Abstracta