Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Clerkenwell in the city/east of London is a megga-hub for architects and creative businesses alike – with more per square mile than anywhere on the planet!   It’s also home to Clerkenwell Design Week - a three-day festival for soaking up more design inspiration and getting up close to the latest furniture, lighting and accessories.  Showrooms in the area host events and talks, and four exhibitions (Design Factory, Platform, Detail and new for this year Additions) showcase products from international brands, new up-and-coming designers and home-grown talent. There are many design shows on the calendar but this is one of my firm favourites.  Here’s a peek at what caught my eye:


Above:  Launched at the festival, the classic Anglepoise Type 75 lamp gets a makeover by British fashion designer Paul Smith. I love the fresh new colour combination of  grey, cornflower, clay with fuchsia and lime.


Above: Redundant factory lights (as shown bottom right) are reconditioned and reworked into the Candy Collection by Auxilium Salvage.  Designer/maker Katie is working with a couple of German manufacturers to breathe new life into disused lighting.


Above: There’s something very cool and rock chick about Buster & Punch who launched Gem, a new diamond lightbulb at the show.


Above: A retro feel, yet oh so modern.  How gorgeous are the glass Pelargo lights by Tinsmiths? The three different sizes are shown here in powder-coated matt brass – also available in powder-coated cream and taupe and polished aluminium.

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Above:  The Scrapwood Canteen table and chairs by Dutch designer and manufacturer Piet Hein Eek showcased by and available exclusively at SCP.


Above:  Dyke and Dean were back at the show this year with their lighting cables, lamps, bulbs, fixtures and fittings. Always good to have a play around in real-time and make up your perfect combinations from the many possibilities. They also sell a light fitting that connects a cable both in and out creating your own bespoke festoon style light – I will be using this in a forthcoming styling project.  Dyke ad Dean have a great online shop too – go check it out.


Above:  The Float Table by Pinch Design was new at the show, along with this sideboard – a new addition to the Joyce collection. Shown here in a lovely deep grey but also available in standard colours or your own specified colour and lined in cherry, oak or walnut.


Above:  Wow! When car design meets lighting design you get this amazing collaboration and installation by Jaguar (event sponsor) and Foscarini.


Above:  At Platform, suspended in their very own cell was the Solid Spin Lamp collection by Tamma Design.  Look deeper into the design process behind these lights and you discover that designer Johanna Tammsalu produced the solid shapes by spinning sunglasses, keys, and shoes on their own axis! Buff-up on your design and London knowledge; the venue for exhibition Platform is the The House of Detention that was once a prison for criminals in Victorian times!



Above: Also down in the dungeon at Platform, I found the lovely Kit Miles, who launched a fabulous new collection of textiles and wallpapers.  Kit’s designs are all original and hand-drawn from scratch in his London studio.


Above: Also at Platform, A Rum Fellow showcased their new Maya Collection, combining modern British design with traditional craftmanship from artisans in Guatemala. The detailing and colours within each tapestry panel are really quite incredible.


Brazilian designers, the Campana brothers have a long-standing partnership with Italian furniture manufacturer Edra, and together they launched the Bastardo Sofa.  Edra and Campana also created this special pop-up gallery ‘From Art to Design’ in the Crypt at The Order of St. John, displaying limited editions and commercial pieces.



Ptolemy Mann an artist and colour theorist,  created the Prismatic Landscape, an explosion of colourful tiles in collaboration with Johnson Tiles.



Above:  To infinity and beyond…at St. John’s Gate, two large mirrors were placed in parallel reflecting the ceiling arch and geometric tiled floor creating this amazing optical illusion.  Tile Mile installation by architect Russ + Henshaw with turkishceramics.

All photos taken with an Iphone by Samantha Giddins / Design Lovers Blog.

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