Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 preview

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Smith installation by Studio Weave for Clerkenwell Design Week

Dezeen promotion: new products by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and a pavilion by Studio Weave will feature at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week in London from 20 to 22 May.

Tunisia Made lighting and vessels by Hend Krichen
This image: Tunisia Made lighting and vessels by Hend Krichen. Main image: Smith installation by Studio Weave

Highlights of the fifth annual Clerkenwell Design are set to include installations around the central London district and product launches from prominent designers and brands.

London-based Studio Weave has designed a pavilion for St John's Square that references Clerkenwell's craft heritage and will host a series of workshops during the event.

Mews tiles by Barber Osgerby and Mutina for Domus
Mews tiles by Mutina, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Domus

Design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby will showcase a new range of tiles for Domus created with Italian ceramics company Mutina.

A new line of pendant lights by Arik Levy is to be presented by Barcelona lighting manufacturer Vibia.

Skyline lamps by Örsjö
Skyline lamps by Örsjö

More lighting on show will include British studio Deadgood's metal laser-cut Marionette lamps and new a range of lights from UK brand Another Country by New York designers Workstead.

Register free online to attend Clerkenwell Design Week 2014, taking place from 20 to 22 May.

Read on for more information from the organisers:


Trend Spotting at Clerkenwell Design Week - 20-22 May 2014

At the forefront of design and innovation, Clerkenwell Design Week (20-22 May 2014) - now in its fifth year - once again plays host to a curated showcase of some of the best creative ideas from both design and architecture. The key shows, Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions, will present a comprehensive collection of the latest designs by leading brands from the UK and around the world. These four shows, coupled with a range of specially commissioned projects - as part of CDW Presents, firmly place Clerkenwell Design Week as a leading festival for innovations and design trends.

Deroma lights by Pinch
Derome lights by Pinch

Texture

A mix of materials, natural surfaces and tactile fabrics emerges as a key trend at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week. Celebrating its 40 years of textile innovation, leading fabric brand Camira will launch its new Silk fabric, a mix of three natural fibres including flax, wool and silk. Pinch Design's new Derome light will have its UK launch at the festival, while Swedish brand Örsjö will launch Skyline by Folkform, a new lighting collection with a pixilated effect - inspired by the architecture in Stockholm.

Architectural

Clerkenwell is renowned for its high concentration of architects, and it is only natural that this influence is reflected at Clerkenwell Design Week with architectural themed designs. Chisel & Mouse will present their scaled-down models of architecture landmarks, introducing the new Frank Lloyd Wright collection at Additions. Newcomer to the festival, Discipline will launch the sculptural Last Side Table by Max Lamb at Design Factory.

In collaboration with designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Domus and Italian ceramic house, Mutina will showcase a new collection of tiles – entitled Mews - by the designers at the festival. The range is inspired by the landscape, history and personality of London. Meanwhile, Barcelona based lighting manufacturer Vibia will present Wireflow, a new line of pendant lights by Arik Levy that symbolises linear and three-dimensional geometries, on the top floor at Design Factory. For CDW Presents, architecture practice Studio Weave – led by Je Ahn - has created Smith, a pavilion that pays homage to Clerkenwell's heritage of craft making. During the festival, a series of workshops will be held in this space on St John's Square.

Cushions by Toghal
Cushions by Toghal

Pattern

Floral prints and colour-popping fabrics are a key trend at Clerkenwell Design Week. Newly launched African textile specialists Toghal will exhibit at the new show Additions. Their first collection takes inspiration from the Mbuti of the Congo forest and the Yoruba from Nigeria.

Pattern enthusiasts Lewis and Wood will showcase their new wallpaper and fabric collections at Detail, while Tori Murphy – known for her geometric designs - applies soft muted colours to her British made, woven textiles, resulting in a soft and luxurious look.

Craft

Another prominent trend this year is craft - products with emphasis on the maker and materials. Young designer Hend Krichen will bring her Tunisia Made collection, a series of vessels created using Tunisia's artisanal skills and craftsmanship, to the festival.

At Platform, new design company Tamma Design - run by Estonia born Johanna Tammsalu - will showcase its porcelain Solid Spin lamps, while The Camberwell Collective, a group of third year students and recent graduates from the BA 3-D Design course at Camberwell College of Arts, will present a selection of their latest work.

Bent wall lamp by Workstead
Bent wall lamp by Workstead

Woodwork

A rustic revolution, there is a growing emphasis on natural materials in furniture design. German based Vitamin Design will bring its Stool Klotz to Clerkenwell Design Week, a solid design that embraces the natural knots and formations in the wood. Meanwhile Barnby and Day will showcase hand-made furniture from their country workshop near the picturesque Hay-on-Wye, including a new handmade range using American black walnut and oak.

As part of CDW Presents, design collective Okay Studio, supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, has produced an exhibition – entitled FIVE, to celebrate the festival'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 that will be on show at the Scin Gallery during the festival.

Lighting

Lighting is always a standout feature for Clerkenwell Design Week, and this year is no different with a dedicated lighting floor at Design Factory. Leading lighting experts Holloways of Ludlow, Artemide, Anglepoise, Prandina, Catellani and Smith, Studio Italia Design and ModoLuce will showcase their lighting range in the area.

A festival regular Deadgood will present its Marionette light, made from laser cut, folded sheet metal, while British design brand Another Country will launch an exclusive new range of industrial lighting by New York design studio, Workstead.

www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com

  • Daniel Brown

    Oh, lord, is it Clerkenwell Chair Porn Week again already…