Following a short introduction held at Hix Restaurant in Clerkenwell (East London), Will Knight, Show Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, gave the assembled journalists a tour of this year’s show and explained the new ‘master plan’ for the event designed by architecture practice OMMX.
There were eight main exhibition venues to explore, full of the latest and best new products in contemporary design from Britain and beyond. Each venue had a distinct offering, showing the breadth of creativity that makes CDW such an important part of the London design calendar.
Giles Miller Studio and British Ceramic Tile collaborated to provide ‘wayfinding’ for the show using a series of large-scale abstract signage sculptures using square glass tiles.
Rather than rent a space in town Tom Dixon collaborated with Andrew Baughen, the enlightened Vicar of St James’ Church. The partnership installed a large Curve chandelier in the main space, a co-working environment and a kitchen – all to be donated as permanent fixtures once the
Design Week juggernaut rolls out of town.
The extraordinary volumes, the nooks and crannies of this classic 18th century church proved the perfect venue for Tom Dixon to demonstrate his new lighting and furniture products against a series of historic backdrops.
Vello provided bikes to cover the mile long tour of the event.
Those looking for a faster mode of transport could jump in one of the Renault Twizys – complementary point-to-point shuttles available for visitors of CDW.
Leiz creates luxurious, contemporary knitted textiles for décor statement pieces. The textiles are developed on traditional Italian made-to-measure knitwear machines in the spirit of artisanal craftsmanship.
Another Brand previewed products from its Cubo and Tavolini collections as well as showcasing the brands’ bespoke services.
Poliform exhibited for the first time at CDW this year with an understated stand that included a rather lovely version of the striking Marcel Wanders MAD Collection in quilted velvet.
Our friend and once judge of the WIN Awards, Tania Johnson, exhibited select pieces from her ‘Journeys in Colour’ hand knotted rug collection including new versions based on Tania’s own photographs of light, shadows and reflections.
Brixton-based design studio 2MZ made its debut at CDW with the launch of its modern kitchen furniture.
That’s it for another year! I hope that gave you a taste of what was on offer at the 2016 Clerkenwell Design Festival.
Have a good weekend.
The WIN Team.