The Clerkenwell Design Week (May 20-22, 2014) seems to be increasingly attracting the attention of designers and the public as a key event for the design scene of the UK and its international counterpart. The location, aimed to be in one of the most design-oriented areas in London, provides the architectural background and business context for the event that has reached its 5th edition this year. The event aims to showcase high-end firms and products with emergent and profiled designers’ work. It aims to also offers a balanced overview of the architecture and design industry, latest design trends and innovative ideas in the field.
This year the show presents several new entries alongside the return of some of the significant protagonists of its past line-up. The exhibition programme includes four key shows: Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions, which will be complimented by the specially commissioned projects as part of the CDW Presents such as street spectacles and interactive design projects/installations.
Design factory aims to take place at the outstanding Farmiloe Building showcasing UK and international furniture, lighting and product design brands. The exhibition aims to feature past participants such as: Foscarini, BoConcept, Another Country, Anglepoise, Pinch and Mark, and new entries including Benchmark, Vitamin Design, Discipline and Decode London. The show offers lighting exhibitors such as Vibia, Prandina, Catellani & Smith, Studio Italia Design and ModoLuce.
Platform, sponsored by W London and located in the exhibition space of the former subterranean prison The House of Detention, aims to present the new collections of emerging young designers such as Johanna Tammasalu, Clivework, Loïc Bard, CVA Editions and Aleksandrina Rizova. For instance, Johanna Tammasalu will showcase her handspun ceramic pendant light and Loïc Bard aims to exhibit his new coffee tables Tokyo and Small Tokyo.
Detail exhibition may take place at the Order of St. John, bringing together the big names of high-end interior design. Relevant in this section is the collaborative work of IT_All About Design, Edra and The Campana Brothers titled From Art to Design. The show aims to explore the link between design, production process, work of art and commercial product. The outside cloister garden focuses on being furnished with the high-end pieces by Gloster.
The new entry for this year’s edition is the show Additions which may re-invent the space of the Crypt on the Green at St. James Church. The exhibition aims to be focused on small design pieces and accessories of contemporary design; featuring the latest works by Chisel and Mouse, HAM, Tori Murphy and Jimbobart, it may be of inspiration and interest for retail buyers and interior designers.
This tour aims to be masterly completed by the CDW Presents initiative which includes a series of projects especially commissioned for the event to designers and architects. Among the projects realized are: a pavilion designed by architectural firm Studio Weave and the exhibition titled FIVE, signed by design collective Okay Studio on show at the Scin Gallery.
Other aspects of the programme may be the event Fringe sponsored by Urban Spaces, which may feature an installation by multi-media artist Lauren Baker; and the programme of talks, with the participation of the leading figures Ron Arad and Arik Levy, The Campana Brothers, Sir Peter Cook and Farrells architectural practice.
The 2014 edition of Clerkenwell Design Week addresses some of the key trends and ideas for the current design industry and explores the developing directions which the industry may take in the next few years.
What might be the outcome of the show’s combination of the design industry and cultural production in London?