Press release – April 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is always a standout feature for Clerkenwell Design Week, and this year is no different with a dedicated lighting floor at the 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.
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
FOR PRESS ENQUIRIES
Please contact Lucy Price, Jeffrey Cheung or Berna Sermet at Caro Communications on +44 (0)20 7713 9388, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE EVENT
One of the best-loved events in the design industry calendar, Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day annual festival gathering Clerkenwell’s long-established design community together. Now in its fifth year, the event has increasingly become a must go-to showcase for the UK and international design community. The 2013 show attracted over 50,000 registered attendees and 250 brands from the UK and across the globe.
The name Clerkenwell comes from the Clerks’ Well in Farringdon Lane, where London parish clerks performed the famous Medieval Mystery Plays throughout the Middle Ages. Since the Industrial Revolution, the area has housed craft workshops, printers, clockmakers and jewellers. Traditional crafts, such as printing and bookbinding still flourish, as do graphic designers. In the last two decades, Clerkenwell’s unique variety of buildings have been transformed into central studio and workshop spaces, attracting an unprecedented concentration of architectural, design and creative practices.
The global businesses that have made Clerkenwell their home have shaped the borough into the UK’s most important generator of creativity and innovation. Serving an infinite variety of other industries easily accessible from across London, Clerkenwell has become home to a plethora of new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios and more than 200 architectural practices – more per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. In addition, Clerkenwell houses over 60 design showrooms including world leaders Vitra, Poltrona Frau, Knoll and Steelcase.