The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

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The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012: Clerkenwell Design Week is underway and visitors to the main venue arrive through an archway clad in 20,000 wooden hexagons by London designer Giles Miller.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

The installation is positioned inside the gates of former merchant's warehouse the Farmiloe Building at 34 St John Street.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

Although each laser-cut wooden component is identical in size, they's set at different angles to catch the light and depict architectural detailing and lettering that's similar to the Victorian stone facade outside.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

Miller also created a bar covered in swirling yellow tiles for last year's event.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

Dezeen Watch Store is hosting a pop-up at the Farmiloe Building until Thursday 24 May - more details here.

Photography is by Petr Krejci.

The text below is from Miller:


Giles Miller Studio has created the entrance to Clerkenwell Design Week in the form of a timber archway made up of 20,000 angled wooden pixels. The archway sits inside the original concrete arches of the Farmiloe building, a 150 year old warehouse that has become the hub of the Clerkenwell Design Week.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

The Clerkenwell Archway has been built from thousands of hexagonal pieces of laser-cut timber, set on wedges and angled to give differing shades and create light-based pixelation. The surface has been manipulated to show classic architectural detail and reference the original detail of the building, but also to show a contrasting geometric pattern in the centre of the installation. Each of the pixels has been hand-stuck to their individual 20 degree wedge, and then stuck in turn to the walnut veneered surface.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

The concept of pixelating the reflection of light has become the main focus of Giles Miller Studio, which strives to develop new surface finishes that incorporate not only texture and depth, but also the ability to represent graphics, pattern or any image that a client might request. The studio also used their own in-house laser-cutting facility, Beam laser cutting to cut the walnut-veneered material, which was supplied by UV Group veneers, one of the worlds leading veneer suppliers who are based in Loughton, East London.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

London-based design practice Giles Miller Studio develops a range of innovative surface materials for use in interior and retail design projects. The studio is based in Spitalfields and uses the medium of pixelated light reflection to generate imagery and graphics to suit individual projects and client requests.

The Clerkenwell Archway by Giles Miller

The archway, which was originally intended to sit outside in the external corridor of the Farmiloe Building, but now acts as a second layer to the buildings internal archway and functions as the entrance to the event, which will see some 25,000 visitors over the next three days. This is the second year running that the studio has created an installation using angled surface pixelation for the event; last years bright yellow tiled bar-front was situated in the old garage on Clerkenwell Road.

  • briggsandcole

    Saw Giles Miller's work at 100% design last year and really liked it, now I love it. Really powerful work, well done.

  • http://medlicker.com Michal

    Very nice. It must have taken years to create something like this. But it looks really nice and clean.

  • xtiaan

    its nice, but it seems so laboured for such an underwhelming effect.

  • http://www.custommade.com marcie

    I agree it doesn't have the WOW factor like a more colored mosaic does, however, it's still very dramatic and awe-inspiring because of the labor and vision necessary to create such a piece. I love it and all things unique, creative and custom made. Thanks De zeen!!

    marcie http://custm.co/dz/3