Movie: a host of international designers including Ron Arad, Patricia Urquiola, Barber & Osgerby and the Campana Brothers discuss their involvement in Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 in this movie we made for the festival.
"Clerkenwell Design Week is super important for the area, but it's also important for London as a whole," says Jay Osgerby, whose London studio Barber & Osgerby launched a new range of tiles at the Domus showroom during the festival.
"What's happening is that London at long last is becoming the cultural centre for design that it should have been seen as a long time ago. Now we're living up to that reputation," he said.
Over 60 showrooms took part in Clerkenwell Design Week this year, which also included four exhibitions, three commissioned installations and a variety of food and drink outlets as part of its Fringe programme.
The Vitra showroom later hosted the launch party for Dezeen's new book – Dezeen Book of Interviews – featuring conversations with a range of top designers, including Arad himself.
New to the festival this year was a talks programme called Conversations at Clerkenwell, which attracted a range of leading designers from around the world.
"Clerkenwell Design Week is very international," Van Berkel says. "It has become a very important new event in the City of London."
The talks were hosted at Design Factory in the Farmiloe building, the central exhibition at the festival, which showcased new furniture and lighting products, including Arik Levy's new Wireflow lights for Spanish brand Vibia.
"I think [Clerkenwell Design Week] is a really great initiative," says Levy. "It's very colourful, it's very active."
Other exhibitions included Detail, in which the Campana Brothers presented a range of their classic sofas and chairs in the crypt of St John's church, and Platform, which showcased the work of younger, upcoming designers in the cells of the House of Detention, a nineteenth-century former prison.
There was also a new show introduced this year called Additions, focussing on small products and accessories.
"It's a really fantastic show in St James' church, spotlighting small-scale products in applied graphics, accessories and tableware," says show director Will Knight. "It's been a real star and we're looking forward to doing it again next year."
Installations this year included a seemingly infinite corridor of tiles by Russ + Henshaw and a pavilion by Studio Weave called Smith, which hosted a series of craft workshops during the festival to pay tribute to the area's historic blacksmiths, leather makers and bookbinders.
"We're in Clerkenwell where historically there have been a huge amount of people making all sorts of things," says Maria Smith, one half of Studio Weave. "We wanted to make a pavilion that was a testament to all of these people."
Clerkenwell Design Week took place from 20 to 22 May 2014.
The movie was produced by Dezeen Studio for Clerkenwell Design Week. The music featured in the movie is a track called Change by Wave Crushers. You can listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.