Our favourite Clerkenwell Design Week moments
Words Mark Hooper
Another day, another design week… it’s hard to keep track, so for those who missed Clerkenwell Design Week, here are a few of our highlights…
The advantage it has over the bigger design festivals in the capital is the fact it relatively compact – meaning you can cover it all by foot in a day, with larger ‘hubs’ alongside pop-ups and participating showrooms all joined together on a route which is marked out with idiot-proof pink lines along Clerkenwell’s pavements. These were our favourites…
Crypt on the Green
Our friends at Benchmark launched the OVO collection designed by Foster + Partners and showed off extensions to their Gleda collection by Space Copenhagen – as well as their new branding and website, designed by our sister agency A Secret Place…
Another ingenious use of an unexpected space: this time Fabric nightclub is given over to a sprawling display of lighting design. In essence, it’s little more than a trade show – but having the various brands show off their wares in this darkened, labyrinthine space is an inspired choice.
Behind Closed Doors
Wooden flooring and tiling specialists Hakwood presented a witty entrance installation to Design Fields on Spa Field Park, with small doors revealing a series of miniature interiors designed by various architects – each containing mini Hakwood flooring too, of course…
Timorous Beasties Craigend Collection by Brintons
St John’s Square
Renowned for their bold and surreal approach to the often staid world of carpet, textile and wallpaper design, Glasgow-based Timorous Beasties showed off their third collaboration with Brintons, with designs based on the textures and surfaces of the natural world, from moss to rock.
Crypt of St John
By far the most dramatic setting of Clerkenwell Design Week, furniture designer and manufacturer Michael Northcroft took over the Norman crypt of under Priory Church (now part of the Museum of the Order of St John) to show off the latest pieces from their Serafina collection amidst the Romanesque and Gothic arches, stone memorial plaques and tomb effigies…
St John’s Square
The beautiful showhome of kitchen makers DeVol, on the corner of St John’s Square, this delightful townhouse is there all year, made up room by room with inspired, eclectic styling – as well as unveiling their latest kitchen collaboration with Sebastian Cox, a fantastically understated design in beech and copper.
Tote Journalist Display
As part of the #YourToteCounts upcycling campaign, design journalist and author Max Fraser curated a display showing the favourite totes of editors and writers, including our own Bethan Ryder, who chose the pun-tastic ‘Lettuce Entertain You’ Tory Burch tote from Milan 2015, Becky Sunshine’s much-loved over-printed Established & Sons bag, and Fraser’s own ‘Shoplifter’ design.