Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

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!

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The Arper showroom was a wonderful place to work. The circles and square in this image are in fact speakers, backlit with LEDS. Not only do they act as traditional speakers, they can be used for conference calls. No need to lean into a little box in the middle of the table!

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.

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The pink Billboard on Clerkenwell Road lit up at night makes quite an impact. Image by

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.

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This listed building has been transformed by the lighting donated by Tom Dixon. The rose shaped lamp shades sit beautifully against the sky blue ceiling. Image by Tom Dixon.

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.

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An oasis of purple at Brewhouse Yard. The sea of alluims, gladioli, agapanthus and thistles was a unique experience at 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.

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Sensorium combined the old – spy holes, kaleidoscope tubes and candy floss – with brand new virtual reality experiences to revive the spirit of the Victorian pleasure garden. Image by Sensorium.


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.


Useful Links

Clerkenwell Design Week, Arper, Giles Miller,

British Ceramic TileTom DixonStudio Egret West,

Sensorium, VitraLoll Designs,

Magis, Amtico, Otto Tiles,

Tania Johnson, Poliform, Expormim,

Stellar WorksOcee Design, Patternistas,

Davison Highley, Dare Studios, Quixotic Bespoke,

Melina Xenaki, LimeLab, Catellani Smith,

Copper & Silk&tradition, Rubertelli Design

Feature Image: sound-absorbent Airleaf acoustic tiles by Abstracta


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