Every May, there’s one festival that captures the creativity and imagination of the A&D community and that’s Clerkenwell Design Week. Returning for its sixth edition, the three-day festival (19-21 May 2015) is set to build on its previous success with an impressive mix of cutting-edge installations, exclusive product launches and insights into contemporary design and architecture.
This year’s event focuses on the transformation of London’s public spaces in a city that is rapidly densifying, and this will be highlighted by the festival’s ‘CDW Presents’ installation series and its popular talks programme. The four main exhibitions – ‘Design Factory’, ‘Detail’, ‘Additions’ and ‘Platform’ – will also return to the festival presenting an array of UK and international design brands.
As part of ‘CDW Presents’, young furniture designer Sebastian Cox will collaborate with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon on an intriguing installation, ‘The Invisible Store of Happiness’. Supported by the American Hardwood Export Council and located under St John’s Arch, the feature celebrates wood and craftsmanship bringing together two of the UK’s brightest talents who will fuse their ideas and skills for this exclusive collaboration.
Also one to watch at this year’s festival is ‘Glaze’ by London-based architects, Cousins & Cousins. Situated on St John’s Square, the multi-coloured jewel-like pavilion – in partnership with Gx Glass – is sure to grab your attention as you walk down Clerkenwell Road. Drawing on the heritage of Clerkenwell as a centre of design and manufacture, ‘Glaze’ offers a journey through glass products that vary in size and colour, creating a walk through a visual wonder inspired by Venetian Murano glass.
Twentieth Century revivalism is the leading trend at Clerkenwell Design Week this year, as demonstrated by the new product launches from Vitra, Carl Hansen & Søn and Cassina that all draw on each company’s heritage. Crafts remains a strong story, especially the narrative behind each product and its designer maker; up-and-coming stars to look out for include TedWood, A White Workshop and Two or Three Things. Lighting is always a highlight of the festival and this year’s Lighting Factory is no exception. Expect to see leading brands from Prandina and Artemide, to Anglepoise, SCP Contracts, Secto, Curiousa & Curiousa and Occhio. British designer Terence Woodgate will also join the exciting line-up, exhibiting for the first time with his new lighting company, Terence Woodgate Lighting.
Clerkenwell Design Week, 19-21 May 2015, across Clerkenwell, free to register