Last week, during 3 days Clerkenwell Design Week took place in London. CDW is currently one of the most important design hubs in the world and this year it celebrated their 6th edition. Last year 32,300 attendees and over 300 brands exhibited their creations and designs.
Clerkenwell Design Week creates every year a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations across the area. This year more than 85 showrooms opened their doors to the public around the neighborhood and the 4 main CDW venues, Design Factory, Platform, Additions and Detail showed everything from small design pieces and interior accessories (Additions), fine craftsmanship and high glamour with the most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world (Detail), the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talents (Platform) to leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world (Design Factory).
German brand Zeitraum, Design Factory
British Splinter Designs, Additions
Spanish designer Lucas Muñoz, Platform
British brand, Design K, Platform
From New Zealand, Boskke, Design Factory
New this year at Clerkenwell Design House was Icon’s House of Culture at The Old Sessions House. Supported by Icon Magazine, the leading voice on the architecture and design scene, the space showcased a collection of leading and culturally conscious furniture brands, interior companies, art and film pieces like Gubi, Bang & Olufsen and Vitra.
Icon’s House of Culture at The Old Sessions House
Danish brand Gubi, Icon’s House of Culture
The first one was created by the married architects Ben and Jalena Cousins, Cousins & Cousins studio. It was a multicolored jewel-like glass pavilion in St John’s Square, the heart of London’s Clerkenwell. It was inspired by Venice’s multicolored layers of glass sweets. The pavilion was used during Clerkenwell Design Week to host a program of events, including drawing workshops.
The second one was a collaboration between British designer Sebastian Cox and sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon. It was a 2.8-metre-high and 4.4-metre-long wooden installation located under the 16th century arch, St John’s Gate. The wooden structure was made from cherry and maple wood and the main goal was to produce something that used less carbon than making an iPhone 6 and so they did!
We can’t wait to see what CDW 2016 brings us but we are sure that after 6 years of success it will get better and better.
Pictures: © Sophie Mutevelian