Monthly Archives: May 2016

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Annalisa

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.

Photo Credit: Sophie Mutevelian

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.

Photo Credit: Sophie Mutevelian

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.

Photo Credit: Sophie Mutevelian

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.

London Design Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Annalisa

Over coffee and croissants at the V&A in Kensington, London, the London Design Festival announced its exciting programme of events, installations and exhibitions, which will take place across the capital from 17-25 September.

As well as bringing Visionary Crazy Golf to Trafalgar Square, London Design Festival has announced an exciting line up of Landmark Projects including ‘The Smile’ by Alison Brooks Architects, a cross–laminated hardwood structure using American tulipwood that can be inhabited and explored, offering a new way of looking at the city.

A second Landmark Project, by Shelter and Legal & General, seeks to address the housing crisis through an experiential installation designed by dRMM entitled Baboushka Boxes.

The Victoria and Albert Museum will again be the hub of the Festival. With projects from design duo Glithero who will create a mesmerising time-based installation with Panerai, and ‘Foil’ by Benjamin Hubert of Layer, an undulating metallic ribbon installation which will transform one of the V&A spaces with LED lights and pattern, inspired by Braun.

Mathieu Lehanneur is known for his innovative approach, combining design, science, technology and art to create humanistic projects. His installation for the Festival, Liquid Marble, will be a variation of his ongoing series exploring the materiality of marble, displayed in the V&A’s galleries.

A newly-commissioned Garden installation by experimental architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer will launch the Season. Their first ever public commission in the UK, Elytra Filament Pavilion will explore the impact of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making.

Inspired by a lightweight construction principle found in nature, the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra, the Pavilion will be an undulating canopy of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process. The Pavilion will grow over the course of the V&A Engineering Season in response to data on structural behaviour and patterns of inhabitation of the Garden that will be captured by real-time sensors in its canopy fibres.

The Festival has also commissioned a number of leading design visionaries including AL_A, Kellenberger-White and Pentagram to create their own souvenirs of London, which will be available to purchase at the V&A shop. Londondesignfestival.com