Newly appointed Show Director William Knight presented Clerkenwell Design Week’s 2014 programme at the Crypt on the Green at St James’ Church this morning.
Celebrating its fifth edition this year, Clerkenwell Design Week (20-22 May 2014) will showcase the latest innovations by designers and manufacturers from the UK and around the world. Set against the historic backdrop of Clerkenwell, the three-day festival will be centred upon leading design showrooms in the neighbourhood, as well as four focused exhibitions; The Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions. Showrooms including bulthaup and Camira and exhibitors including Another Country, Case Furniture, Kit Miles and Ginger & Jagger, are amongst those that will present their new collections at the event.
CDW Presents showcases new commissioned projects and street installations for the festival, featured prominently around Clerkenwell. The festival will once again work with established and emerging names from both design and architecture, offering an array of curated features and installations stationed across Clerkenwell. As part of the Fringe, local creative practices – from architects to branding agencies and craft studios – will also host workshops and displays open to the public during the festival.
Integral to Clerkenwell Design Week, this year’s Conversations at Clerkenwell programme is set to be the best yet, with leading international designers and architects including Ron Arad, Arik Levy, The Campana Brothers and Sir Peter Cook taking part in an exhilarating series of seminars.
William Knight comments,
“I’m delighted to come on board and join the established team at this exciting time. Clerkenwell Design Week is still growing, but has come a long way since its launch in 2010. The festival is now a must-attend event in the international design calendar, attracting thousands of architects, designers, specifiers and buyers from around the world every May.
“We are very excited about our fifth edition this year, not least our new show Additions. There is an increased number of showrooms and exhibitors, some really interesting installations and activities to get the visitors involved, as well as our star-studded talk programme. We will be bringing in some of the best industry names to celebrate this important milestone in the heart of creative London.”
For this year’s CDW Presents, Studio Weave, design collective Okay Studio and russ + henshaw have been appointed to create projects aiming to push the boundaries of design, in terms of concepts, process and material capabilities.
Architecture practice StudioWeave – led by Je Ahn – has created Smith, a pavilion that pays homage to Clerkenwell’s heritage as the home to a range of smiths through history. Working alongside structural engineer Webb Yates and fabricator Nicholas Alexander, Studio Weave seeks to showcase the creative use of tools and equipment, and how they can be applied to materials for product making.
The pavilion will be made from fibre-cement panels providing a stress-skin, and a group of contemporary craftsmen and smiths will take residence over the three days, hosting a variety of workshops and demonstrations.
Design collective Okay Studio, supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, has produced an exhibition celebrating Clerkenwell Design Week’s fifth edition.
Inspired by five American hardwood species – tulipwood, ash, hard maple, red oak and cherry, five design teams from Okay Studio are working independently to create an eclectic mix of designs, showcasing how versatile American hardwood can be. The participating five teams are: Mathias Hahn, Liliana Ovalle, Ed Swan, Andrew Haythornthwaite and Peter Marigold (collaborating for this project), and partnership Hunting and Narud.
Meanwhile, London-based architects, Lianne Russ and Phil Henshaw of russ + henshaw are working with Turkishceramics to create an installation, entitled Tile Mile, at St John’s Gate. Based on the concept of reflection, the installation will celebrate both the built heritage of Clerkenwell and modern Turkish ceramics.
The two inner arches of St John’s Gate will feature parallel mirrors – also known as infinity mirrors – which will reflect both the vaulted ceiling of the arch and the intricately tiled floorscape, creating the illusion of an infinite ‘crypt like’ space.
Clerkenwell is well established as an international creative hotspot, home to over 50 design showrooms with brands from both within and outside the UK. These range from high-end contract furniture, lighting, kitchen, bathroom and material manufacturers.
Year-on-year, Clerkenwell Design Week has successfully demonstrated this unrivalled quality supported by creativity and originality. This year, the festival will continue its strong relationships with the local design showrooms, studios and galleries, promoting their latest projects in architecture and design.
Following on from last year’s debut to coincide with its first London showroom opening, Italian furniture manufacturer Arper will return to the festival this year with a key celebration to mark its 25th anniversary. Meanwhile, the festival’s veteran Vitra will present a world-exclusive collective project – a take-on of Ron Arad’s Tom Vac chair, 15 years after it was first launched. This iconic design will be re-styled by selected international designers and architects, and unveiled in Vitra’s showroom during the festival.
Keeping the festival fresh is essential, and this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week has introduced some exciting new names to the line-up. Sto Werkstatt, specialists in architectural cladding, has recently opened a new showroom with a cultural twist on Woodbridge Street, while Scandinavian Business Seating will launch the ergonomically designed Noor chair at the event. Other new showroom partners include Davison Highley, Wagstaff, Gresham, Morgan and Quadrifoglio.
Returning showroom partners with big plans during the festival include: Brinton Carpets, presenting the Deep Grid rug by Cristian Zuzunaga, and Camira, introducing its new fibre fabrics from nettles and flax and an upcycled woven upholstery fabric.
THE DESIGN FACTORY
The Design Factory, based at The Farmiloe Building, will play host to some of the best contemporary furniture, lighting and product design brands from the UK and around the world; Benchmark, Decode and Pinch are just a few of the names participating.
Italy remains a central hub for fresh design talent, and Clerkenwell Design Week will once again see a strong line-up of Italian brands exhibiting this year. Leading lighting specialists Foscarini will present an installation in the atrium and tunnel. Newcomer to the design scene, as wellas to the festival, Discipline will launch its brand new Last Side tables by Max Lamb to the UK market at the event.
British tile manufacturers Johnson Tileshave partnered with leading colour expert Ptolemy Mann to create a three wall mural for the launch of their new Prismatics wall tile collection. The choice of 68 different gloss and matt shades will be available, alongside hexagon shapes which will be introduced to the range for the first time.
Innovative lighting continues to play a vital part in making The Design Factory one of the most inspiring lighting showcases in the world. This year, some of the best lighting names in the industry will take over the top floor of The Farmiloe Building – from Anglepoise with the launch of its new Type75™ Maxi Collection designed by Sir Kenneth Grange, to Holloways of Ludlow showcasing the latest Jielde lights. Key lighting exhibitors also include the likes of Vibia, Prandina, Catellani and Smith, Studio Italia Design and ModoLuce.
With its unique, architectural setting at The House of Detention, Platform – sponsored by W London – will provide the perfect atmospheric backdrop for emerging young designers from around the world to exhibit their exciting new collections including Johanna Tammasalu, Clivework, Loïc Bard, CVA Editions and Aleksandrina Rizova.
Estonian-born Johanna Tammsalu has taken lighting to another level with her handspun, ceramic pendant lights which will be on show during the festival, while printmaker Lucy Clive of Clivework will launch her first furnishing fabric range at the event.
Showing in the UK for the first time, Loïc Bard will showcase his new coffee tables Tokyo and Small Tokyo, while Judy Clark of CVA Editions takes a more colourful approach, with her new Bean tables in bright block colours. Aleksandrina Rizova, known for her installations and product designs using emerging digital fabrication tools, will showcase her hybrid table and floor tiles at the show.
Celebrating fine quality and exquisite craftsmanship in the luxury sector, Detail at the Order of St John will bring together the best and most prestigious names in high-end interior design.
Top of the bill this year is an exclusive collaboration between .IT_All About Design, Edra and The Campana Brothers, entitled From Art to Design. An exhibition of The Campana Brothers’ masterpieces, aswell as their designs for Edra, will be unveiled by the designers themselves at Detail on 20 May 2014. The exhibition will explore how design and production processes render “a piece of art” – a successful, commercial product.
Another highlight of this year’s show is the pop-up showroom of Christopher Jenner for Drummonds inside Craft Central amongst Detail. This creative collaboration between Jenner and Drummonds results in a bathroom furniture collection launching at the festival. Inspired by craft processes and handmade in the UK, the collection marries traditional cast iron and enamelling techniques with English carpentry.
Making the most of the British weather, Gloster will also be furnishing the entire Cloister garden with its high-end, contemporary style outdoor furniture. Other key exhibitors at Detail include Georg Oehler, Ginger and Jagger, Lewis and Wood and Sé.
New to Clerkenwell Design Week 2014, Additions – sponsored by Spanish online design company Triitme – will take over the Crypt on the Green at St James Church. It will be the main hub for a curated collection of small design items and home accessories, targeting retail buyers, interior designers and specifiers.
The newly launched Toghal brings heritage African designs into contemporary homewares, with a focus on textiles. Similarly, Urbanara offers high-quality home textiles and accessories using the finest natural materials.
Known for its architectural sculptures with a touch of playfulness,Chisel and Mouse will launch its new models at the show with London being a key inspiration. Meanwhile, Tunisian-born Hend Krichen will bring her beautifully handcrafted vessels to the show, all of which are made using the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship in her home country.
To celebrate the launch of Additions, Triitme will alsoopen an online pop-up shop for the duration of the festival.
Open studio sessions offered by selected creative practices within Clerkenwell remain a popular event amongst visitors to the festival. This year’s Fringe – sponsored by property specialistsUrban Spaces – will feature an exclusive installation created by contemporary multi-media artist Lauren Baker, with the support of Urban Spaces and drink specialists The Gin Garden. Lauren Baker is known for her painted and embellished sculptural designs.
As part of St John’s Square pop-up factory, The Goldsmiths’ Centre will offer an area of interactive jewellery-making and silversmithing during the festival, run by the centre’s students and residents. Moreover, over 20 local bars and restaurants in Clerkenwell will participate, offering special menus and exclusive complimentary offers to the visitors.
CONVERSATIONS AT CLERKENWELL
Clerkenwell and its creative community have earned a reputation for remaining at the centre of debate, pioneering activities and forward-thinking. Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 boasts a selectiverange of high-profile talks staged at the top floor of The Design Factory within The Farmiloe Building. With four talks scheduled for each of the three festival days, this focused series delivers world-class content right at the heart of Clerkenwell Design Week.
The 2014 programme will address some of the key issues for London’s architecture and design industry. The programme will include talks and insights from leading architects and designers – from Ron Aradand Arik Levy, to The Campana Brothers, Sir Peter Cook and Farrells architecture practice. In addition, Dezeen will celebrate the launch of its new book, Dezeen Book of Interviews, at the festival with a special interview talk.
In partnership with the Design Museum to celebrate its 25th anniversary, as well as its new site opening at the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington in late 2015, Clerkenwell Design Week will also invite influential figures including Patricia Urquiola and Rolf Fehlbaum to host a special talk during the festival entitled DM25. The seminar will explore the developing trends, while reflecting on the direction design will take in the next 25 years.
The essential information
- When … 20 – 22 May 2014
- Where … All around Clerkenwell, London UK
- How Much … Free to register
- Tube Station … Barbican, Farringdon
- Website … clerkenwelldesignweek.com
- Twitter … @CDWfestival #CDW2014