Clerkenwell Design Week is a full design experience where you will find a lot of creative businesses, architects and creative agencies. It is, indeed, one of the most important design spots in the world.
Clerknwell Design Week 2013 – photos by © Mark Cocksedge
This design week is going to happen for the 6th time in May (19-21) and it is an award winning design week, so you cannot miss it for anything! It is an independent and leading event in the UK and annually attracts the international design community to this small central area of London, Clerkenwell.
Clerknwell Design Week 2013 via hospitality-interiors.net
Clerknwell Design Week is full of exciting events, showcases leading UK and international brands and companies that are presented in a series of 60 showrooms events, architectural and creative practices, special installations, 150 events, a series of pop up exhibitions, installations, talks, performances, music and workshops, the festival is a showcase of cutting edge design from some of the biggest names in the industry that take place across the area.
On the previews year Clerkenwell had 32,300 attendes and over 300 exhibiting brands.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 photo by © Jim Stephenson
Top showrooms you must visit
We are going to point you the best showrooms to visit in Clerknwell Design Week, by category. They include the best brands, don’t miss it! From acoustics to interior furniture the options are endless!
Altro is a big premium flooring and wall cladding systems for construction and transport. It is a company that loves to invent new things and they are known for safety flooring and hygienic wall cladding systems, two of their most known innovations. They are also devoted to sustainability, recycling and reusing products.
15 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DP
The Belgium-based company BuzziSpace was created in 2007 in Antwerp, specializing in the production of elegantly designed acoustical cubicles for the office.
BuzziSpace’s products are developed thinking about homes and workspaces of tomorrow, standing out from the crowd due to their design, functionality and flexibility. Offering innovative acoustic solutions for every situation, the company spreads its wings over the world with global showrooms and offices in The Netherlands, The UK, The US, Asia, Germany & the HQ in Belgium.
THE FIRST OUTDOOR WORKSPACE
BuzziSpace launched an outdoor collection called “Outdoor and Fun”. BuzziBreeze, a multifunctional picnic table to work, meet, lunch and enjoy drinks with your colleagues. Combine this with our BuzziShed, and no sun will tickle your fancy screen at St James Church Garden.
9-10 Charterhouse Buildings EC1M 7AN
CANAL Architectural is a British company residing in Nottingham, CANAL Architectural specialise in design innovation, fabrication and installation of architectural metalwork. They work in residential and commercial environments. CANAL does stunning designs of staircases, balustrade, handrail, balconies, sculptures, canopies, bespoke Railings.
The Showroom provides a workspace for architects, designers and their clients to develop initial designs and specification details. This can be assisted with on-hand knowledge and expertise by our Architectural Team.
From 8:30am – close every day:
The Showroom will be open to Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) visitors and will play host to a range of bespoke staircase, balustrade and handrail samples incorporating various materials that demonstrate the quality of work CANAL can produce. Light refreshments and drinks available throughout the day.
From CANAL´s feature Design Competition, each entrants design will be presented as a gallery for CDW visitors to view each day. Voting will be available, which will determine the shortlist of designs for a panel of Architectural experts to choose a winner.
CANAL has teamed up with the acoustic specialists, Framery, who will have their latest phone booth installed in the Showroom.
At 14:00pm every day:
CANAL´s architectural specialist will be presenting a short Staircase Masterclass, showing a brief overview of steel staircase designs – majorly focusing on the build options when designing a cantilever (floating) staircase. Approx. 40 minutes run-time.
20.05.15 – 16:30 – 17:30pm only: Share creative ideas with Design Exchange – show us your work, meet the team and pick up the latest issue of Design Exchange magazine for FREE (usually worth £10.00).
21.05.15 from 18:00pm Party: CANAL will host an evening party for CDW visitors to come and relax after a busy 3 days. Expect the beer, wine and champagne to be flowing, along with a sushi bar accompanied by an entertaining sushi Chef.
The showroom has a dedicated Architectural Manager therefore an appointment to visit is not necessary, however if you would like a private visit, consultation or design meeting for one of your current of future projects, please contact our Nottingham Head Office to arrange details on the left.
11-12 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0BX
Contract Furniture Showrooms
ACTIU is a company specialised in the manufacture of furniture for work and contract spaces, with an international presence ACTIU is recognised for its sustainable environmental initiatives, as well as innovative product solutions. A leading company in Europe with headquarters in Spain, ACTIU has an exclusive global network of collaborators and distributors covering over 65 countries.
ACTIU London Showroom, located in the heart of Clerkenwell, is well positioned to provide our strategic partners with all the necessary tools and advice required to analyze and respond to the demands of projects.
The ACTIU Showroom has been designed as a sustainable workplace, an exhibition lounge for products and brands, a sales and promotional network, as well as a space designed for the development of projects. The showroom is a meeting point for the society and culture of architecture and design.
During CDW 2015, Actiu is collaborating with several manufacturing companies such as QB Office, who are specialist in the design and manufacture acoustic pods and Fresco Solar Shading who have been providing blind systems for almost 20 years and are specialised in fitting the right product in the right environment.
Showroom address: 28 Seward St EC1V 3PA
Cassina, founded by Cesare and Umberto Cassina in 1927, launched industrial design in Italy during the 50’s. The company, pioneering and innovative, was the first to work side by side with architects and designers with differing backgrounds, encouraging them to envision fresh designs, a characteristic that still distinguishes the company today.
In 1964 the Cassina I Maestri Collection began with the acquisition of the exclusive worldwide rights to reproduce models designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand.
Today many important Italian and international designers and architects have collaborated and continue to collaborate for the Cassina I Contemporanei Collection including: Vico Magistretti, Gio Ponti, Mario Bellini, Gaetano Pesce, Rodolfo Dordoni, Philippe Starck and Piero Lissoni.
Since 2005 Cassina has been part of the Poltrona Frau Group, worldwide leader in the high‐end furnishing sector and international spokesperson for the best design made in Italy.
Showroom address: 150 St John Street EC1V 4UD
Design Hub Clerkenwell
Design Hub Clerkenwell is the new collaborative destination for seven well-respected names in commercial interiors and furniture. We’re opening the doors to our brand-new showroom at 47 Gee Street. You’re invited to enjoy drinks and canapés while browsing designs by Metalicon, Formetiq, Creatif, V-Tec, Supawood, Duraflor and Duten Washroom Accessories.
Showroom address: 47 Gee Street EC1V 3RS
Moroso returns to Clerkenwell Design Week, with a special exhibition of new launches at its Rosebery Avenue showroom, including pieces by Ross Lovegrove, David Adjaye and Martino Gamper. There will also be collections from Golran and Yamagiwa. On Tuesday 19th May 2015, Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs will join Patrizia Moroso in conversation with David Adjaye at the Moroso showroom to explore the celebrated architect’s new furniture collaboration, Double Zero, followed by a party co-hosted with sketch. On Wednesday 20th May 2015, Patrizia Moroso will join in a panel discussion at the Farmiloe Building, celebrating the achievements of women in the design industry. Finally, Moroso will be among the first companies to exhibit at ICON magazine’s House of Culture on Clerkenwell Green.
Showroom address: 7-15 Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4SP
Vitra products and concepts are developed in an intensive design process, which brings together our engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers. It is our goal to create interiors, furniture and accessories that are functional and inspiring. Longevity of materials, construction and aesthetics is our leading principle, as demonstrated by our Classics – many in continuous production since the 1950s.
Initiatives like the Vitra Campus architecture, the Vitra Design Museum, workshops, publications, collections and archives are all integral elements of Vitra.
Showroom Address: 30 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PG
Fabrics and Textiles Showrooms
Bert & May
Already at the forefront of the British design industry, Bert & May are experts in their field. Their East London Vyner street warehouse houses one of the finest collections of encaustic tiles, both antique and handmade, as well as reclaimed and hand-engineered wood, all sourced by founder Lee Thornley. The in-house design team is divided into designers of new tile collections and specialists dedicated to providing bespoke tile designs for trade customers. The hidden gems in the warehouse are sourced from Europe and the Middle East, and are used to create individual design spaces – currently featured in high-profile locations such as; the Cowshed Spa in Primrose Hill and Selfridges, the Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch, The Conran Shop, Tramontana Brindisa in Shoreditch, Jamie’s Italian and Byron.
Bert & May announces the launch of Bert & May Spaces at this year´s Clerkenwell Design Week of “Bert & May”, it is a new arm of the brand being revealed to the public this spring. It draws on their passion for interior and architectural design, and will incorporate their current bespoke design service and unique materials to create modern spatial solutions.
Showroom address: St John’s Square
Brintons has been producing quality carpets in Kidderminster for over 230 years. As Royal Warrant Holder, Brintons has carpeted the world’s most prestigious locations; from palaces to hotels and cruise liners to airports. With offices and manufacturing facilities around the world Brintons reputation is built on design innovation, product excellence, technical expertise and customer focus.
Brintons are hosting a series of exciting events at their London Design Centre to celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week.
Designing for Woven Axminster Carpets
RIBA Acreddited CPD Presentation
19th May 12.00pm
This presentation will explore the key aspects of designing for Axminster carpet production, featuring everything from the initial brief through the design process to installation, designing for Electronic Jacquard and how this can be used to produce complex multi-part, large scale floorscapes in a variety of interiors. The history of Axminster and advances in technology will also be explored.
2 Lovely Gays: “The bespoke interior”
20th May 12.00pm
Interior designers the 2 Lovely Gays discuss bespoke interiors as an expression of who you are and a place for growth and happiness. Giving people confidence by bridging the gap between the consumer and the interiors industry, collaborating with Brintons, and giving a platform for rising talents to create spaces that truly inspire.
Q&A – 2 Lovely Gays & Emilio Pimentel-Reid: “Spotlight on Design”
Emilio Pimentel-Reid discusses all that is current in the interiors and design world today with The 2 Lovely Gays. There will also be a chance for audience questions as part of this discussion.
Talib Choudhry and Yvonne Smith: “From the archives”
21st May, 6.30pm
Talib Choudhry, interiors editor of the Telegraph Magazine, talks to Brintons’ archivist Yvonne Smith about the relevance of historic archives in design, and how historical research helps to build fresh new collections, layers of meaning and a narrative.
Showroom address: 1 Sycamore Street EC1Y 0SF
Brands Ltd, London’s renowned source of classical and contemporary furniture and textile collections since 1999, is excited to launch two entirely new partners this CDW.
INSTYLE’S LIFE – ‘LOW IMPACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT’ textiles® – is an innovation in sustainable fabrics. They are designed to minimise the environmental impact over their entire lifecycle from raw material selection, production, usage to disposal. These woven upholstery textiles are sourced from organic eco wool™.
Four-O-Nine’s URBAN FABRIC – a collection of area rugs inspired by human organisational patterns inscribed upon the earth’s surface. Urban fabric is an abstraction of these patterns and expresses them in luxurious hand tufted New Zealand wool. Each piece is derived from a satellite view of an urban scene and varying pile heights give the patterns depth and texture. We are displaying their latest cities Paris and London.
Showroom address: 99 St John Street EC1M 4AS
As one the UK’s leading manufacturers and distributors of glass, ceramic, porcelain, mosaic and natural stone tiles, Original Style has come a long way from its humble beginning producing decorative tiles for fireplaces in 1981.
Designworks Tiles is the dedicated contract division of Original Style, established seven years ago to accommodate exceptional growth and the specific needs of the sector. Since 2007, Designworks Tiles has honed its expertise, completing projects worldwide in pubs, restaurants, bars, hotels, spas, airports, railway stations, luxury yachts and even an oil rig.
On offer is a vast range of wall and floor tile solutions, from technical anti slip flooring for the most demanding environments to beautiful bespoke mosaic murals. A core portfolio of quality ceramic, large format porcelain, glass and natural stone tiles complements metal, wood effect and even bamboo products.
The team at Designworks Tiles offers knowledge that is second to none, providing a bespoke design service, incredible technical understanding and in house manufacturing.
Showroom address: 91 St John Street EC1M 4NU
DOMUS’ award winning showroom and home of innovative ceramic design will once again open its doors to all during Clerkenwell’s highly acclaimed design festival. Launching in May, our stunning new engineered timber range ‘Domus Wood’ will be unveiled on the lower ground floor.
The 700 SQM base for architects and designers provides a unique environment in which to explore tile, mosaic, stone and wood products and source new ideas and technical specifications for all types of residential and commercial projects. The showroom is innovative, intuitive and interactive: on the ground floor the samples library contains thousands of porcelain, ceramic, glass, mosaic, and stone samples. The interactive, tactile new displays showcase innovative new products by Patricia Urquiola and KAZA Concrete. Leading onwards, down the staircase, you will find a CPD presentation room plus the new Domus Wood specification area which has been designed to showcase the perfectly imperfect personality of this stunning natural material. Here, the beauty of wood is realised.
Showroom address: 50 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DF
Opens daily from 9.30am to 8.30pm
Centrally located in Clerkenwell, the Mosa flagship showroom in London offers the design and planning expertise that architects, interior designers and contractors have come to expect from global ceramic surface specialist Mosa.
The store will be open to the public every day during Clerkenwell Design Week, with extended opening hours. Offering support and guidance, – as well as a festive drink and snack, – specially trained staff will be there to answer questions around Mosa’s exciting products.
Showroom address: 56-60 St John Street EC1M 4HG
It’s a furniture brand founded in 1938. It is committed to modern design, it has a comprehensive portfolio of furniture products and textiles design to provide enduring value and help clients shape their workspaces with imagination and vision.
It’s a recognized brand as a design leader worldwide. Their products are exhibited in major art museums, with more than 40 pieces in the permanent Design Collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Showroom address: 91 Goswell Road EC1V 7EX
HOWE is a passionate and committed Danish furniture company. For more than 80 years HOWE has been one of the pioneers in the design and development of innovative, multifunctional and space saving furniture for the contract market. In close cooperation with architects and professional interior designers, we constantly strive to optimize space and enhance architecture all over the world.
Showroom address: 82 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RF
Carl Hansen & Son
Carl Hansen & Son was established in 1908 by cabinetmaker Carl Hansen. The company’s passion for producing high-quality furniture is rooted in more than a century of craftsmanship traditions. To this day, Carl Hansen & Son remains faithful to their design philosophy producing sustainable furniture of enduring beauty.
Carl Hansen & Son is the largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner. The company continually develops its portfolio by gathering iconic furniture classics in their portfolio, such as The Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner, The Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, The Folding Chair by Mogens Koch and The Colonial Chair by Ole Wanscher. Iconic classics, that are all characterized by high-quality and sustainable craftsmanship.
Carl Hansen & Son’s furniture is produced in Denmark and sold worldwide with flagship stores and showrooms in Copenhagen, Oslo, Milan, New York and Tokyo.
Showroom address: 16a Bowling Green lane EC1R 0BD
Kitchens & Bathrooms Showrooms
PORCELANOSA Group is today a major reference in both the Spanish and the International market. Its consolidated position has been built up on values such as innovation and quality, but specially with the trust placed in its large human capital, made up of almost 5,000 skilled professionals, and its concern for its stakeholders and the environment.
With over 40 years of experience, PORCELANOSA Group is present in almost 150 countries. This success is the result of a unique business model based on a strong corporate strategy.
Production diversification has played a key role in the growth of a business group that started off with the production of a single product: ceramic tiles. Today, the Group’s eight companies offer a wide product range ranging from kitchen and bathroom equipment to high-tech materials like Krion and state-of-the-art building solutions for contemporary architecture.
Showroom address: 93 Goswell Road EC1V 7EY
Established in Kitakyushu, Japan in 1917, TOTO has been developing, producing and marketing its comprehensive high-end bathroom concept for the European market since 2009, with an emphasis on combining convenience and eco-friendly Clean Technology. As Japan’s leading manufacturer in the sector, TOTO represents a one-stop shop for a comprehensive collection of products including ceramic sanitary ware, faucets, furniture and accessories, all of which have been created in close collaboration with its own and a number of renowned European designers. Innovations and technology are the Japanese company’s central values. TOTO is driving technological developments to design products that are more appealing and convenient. For TOTO, it is important that technical elements always be intuitive, well integrated and, where possible, concealed. TOTO com¬bines Japanese and European design, exceptional German engineering and Japanese innovations in outstanding products. TOTO employs 24,000 people worldwide, of whom 900 work in research and development.
Showroom address: 140-142 St John Street EC1V 4UA
West one bathrooms ltd.
Best known as Europe’s most diverse and innovative supplier of bespoke bathrooms, their products can be viewed in showrooms throughout London and the South East.
This year they will be partnering with Kallista who’s thoughtful and design-led bathrooms products perfectly represent this brand. Last year they launched their Per Se tap during Clerkenwell Design Week, and this year will present the re-design which features the tap set with a collection of semi-precious stones and finishes. Redefining luxury, these designs include black crystal, mother-of-pearl and lapis lazuli.\
West One Bathrooms will also be launching the Taper tap collection – a collaborative partnership between Kallista and Dutch studio BIG’s founder Bjarke Ingels. This contemporary collection celebrates Ingels’ love for minimalism, geometry and poetry and provides an elegant contrast to the timeless luxury of Per Se.
Showroom address: 44-48 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PS
Renowned worldwide for its architecture of living spaces bulthaup encapsulates design, innovation and precision within all its products. bulthaup’s Clerkenwell showroom and its design team offers a wide range of versatile design solutions, effecting functional and aesthetic changes to spaces that go beyond the work area to create perfect kitchens.
To celebrate the refurbishment of our Clerkenwell showroom, we are throwing open the doors and inviting you to join us for this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week.
Throughout the week we will be hosting the Miele Steam Patisserie and invite you to join us during the day for coffee and some delicious patisserie. In addition, formal demonstrations of Miele’s combi-steam oven will be held twice daily.
In the evenings, we will be holding a series of talks on The History of bulthaup and Kitchen Design with Roland Spieth, Director of Export Sales, and How to Light Kitchens by Sally Storey, John Cullen Lighting’s Design Director.
For more information, or to register your attendance at any one of the bulthaup Clerkenwell events, please contact Philippa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that as space is limited for our evening talks we recommend that you register in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday 19th May
11am-5pm Miele’s Steam Patisserie – open sessions
11am-12pm Steam Patisserie demonstration
3pm-4pm Steam Patisserie demonstration
6:30pm-8:30pm The History of bulthaup Lecture with Roland Spieth Wednesday 20th May
11am-5pm Miele’s Steam Patisserie – open sessions
11am-12pm Steam Patisserie demonstration
3pm-4pm Steam Patisserie demonstration
6:30pm-8:30pm How to Light Kitchens by Sally Storey, John Cullen Lighting Thursday 21st May
11am-5pm Miele’s Steam Patisserie – open sessions
11am-12pm Steam Patisserie demonstration
3pm-4pm Steam Patisserie demonstration
Showroom address: The Kitchen People Ltd 36-42 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PS
Northern Lights provides a bespoke one-stop lighting service to the hospitality and retail sectors.
Northern Lights is different because they design and manufacture in the UK. They have a strong design team with four lighting designers supported by two technical assistants and comprehensive in-house manufacturing facilities running to 38,000sq ft.
They have worked with many leading interior designers to supply creative lighting solutions to many hospitality groups and retail companies both in the UK and abroad. Their clients include Hilton Hotels, Marriott International, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts , Grand Hyatt Hotels, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Premier Inn, Costa Coffee, Jamie’s Italian, PizzaExpress, Next, Debenhams and Selfridges.
Showroom address: The Vault 8-11 St Johns Lane EC1M 4BF
Waldmann Lighting is a German manufacturer of energy efficient office luminaires using the latest glare-free panel technology, on-board presence and light sensors and options to mount on or around the office furniture.
A global company, Waldmann offers a free advisory and lighting design service to enable clients to significantly reduce energy costs and improve the lighting flexibility for the users and the building manager. Their products are “Made in Germany” and on show during Clerkenwell Design Week.
Showroom Adress: 75A Turnmill Street EC1M 5SY
Worspace furniture showrooms
British artist David Shillinglaw will create a thought-provoking installation on the main double-height gallery wall. The work is entitled ‘Black Box Kaleidoscope’ andthe inspiration is ‘Positive-Proper-Gander’. David will be running art workshops in the showroom on Wednesday 20th May at 12pm and 4pm. Visit www.morganlondon.uk to reserve your place as spaces are limited.
On Tuesday 19th May at 10am, visitors are invited to view an exhibition of short-listed entries for the FIRA Future@Work student design competition, sponsored by Morgan. In addition, leading industry ergonomist Levent Çaglar, from FIRA, will bediscussing the evolution of the workplace and sharing his predictions for the future.A total of £5000 will be awarded to the top 3 winners, including the winner from visitors voting during CDW.
Morgan Studio will be launching the new Kyoto collection at CDW. Inspired by Japanese gardens and bridges, this is a system of linear benches that interlock to create reception area seating. It is fully upholstered and features timber, glass or marble table tops. An official launch party for the new product will take place on Wednesday 20th May from 5.30pm, sponsored by Andrew Muirhead.
Crosta & Mollica will be serving delicious Italian Bruschetta from their stylish 3 wheeled Piaggio Ape, in front of the Morgan showroom throughout the week.Morgan
Showroom address: 1 Dallington Street EC1V 0BH
Ophelis Docks “Islands in the Office” have arrived in the UK. An exciting new modular furniture system designed by Till Grosch and Bjorn Meier and manufactured by Ophelis in Germany, Docks are an extraordinary example of seamless harmony between design and functionality, providing users with a truly agile working space.
Docks allow businesses to create new zones in the workplace. The zones can be used as a place to work, hold meetings or for quiet contemplation. They are a shared piece of furniture, unlike a classic working desk.
Experiment the full experience of Ophelis Docks at Clerknwell Design Week.
Showroom address: BREESE LITTLE 30b Great Sutton Street EC1V ODU
Workstation (The Workstation London Ltd) is a privately owned furniture dealership founded in April 2001, with an outstanding reputation for the successful execution of major contract delivery operating at the top end of the commercial office market sector whilst collaborating with some of the UK’s premier architectural and interior design practices.
Showroom address: 28 St. John’s Lane EC1M 4BU
At IdeaPaint, thinking should have no boundaries. Since 2008, giving people the space they need to create, explore, and engage with their ideas. Premium dry erase paint transforms virtually any smooth surface into an erasable canvas, leading to faster innovation, increased collaboration, and greater results. With over 150,000 successful installations at some of the world’s most innovative companies, IdeaPaint brings you the best dry erase solutions on the market. We exist for one simple reason: to fundamentally improve the way people work.
Showroom address: @ all new Wilkhahn Showroom 45 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DE
Inspired 2015 (Tue 19 May – Sat 23 May 2015) celebrates the contemporary craftsmanship of furniture making and silversmithing in one selling event. Now in its third year, discover unique hand-made pieces by outstanding craftsmen showcased at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in the heart of Clerkenwell. Organised by the Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, and the Festival of Silver organisation and sponsored by the Goldsmiths’ Company.
Showroom Adress: 42 Britton Street EC1M 5AD
This is a big amount of showrooms that you should not miss, so be ready for 3 busy days at Clerknwell Design Week!
The exhibitors you must attend
Top 20 exhibitors at Clerknwell Design Week
Now we are going to tell you the exhibitors that will attend Clerkenwell Design Week from 19th of May until the 21th of May. The exhibitions will happen in four different places: Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions.
Design Factory at The Farmiloe Building will showcase leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. Alongside some of the most exciting home-grown designer-makers, the show will present a diverse range of the best in international contemporary design.
Venue address: 34 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW (please note this venue has limited disabled access due
Top exhibitors at Design Factory
Characterised by a pioneering perfect balance mechanism developed in the 1930’s and an engaging anthropomorphic form, iconic, quintessentially British brand, Anglepoise produces an incomparable series of premium lighting collections, ideally suited for both the home and for commercial interiors.
Founded in 1932 from an idea by Gio Ponti, FontanaArte is one of the Italian companies that have written the “history of lighting and furnishing” involving the most important architects and lighting designers who, together with the company, have built a cultural project on architecture, lighting and furnishings: timeless objects, with splendid shapes, some of which have become design classics on show in the most important museums around the world. Since 2010, FontanaArte has been part of Nice S.p.A., an international benchmark in the sector of Home Automation.
Mullan Lighting based in a previously abandoned old shoe factory on the border of North Ireland have an ever expanding team of designers and crafts people creating beautiful pieces for a range of discerning customers. For Clerkenwell Design Week, Mullan is launching a range of luminaries inspired by vintage forms and industrial shapes. A mix of clean lines, along with vintage character and a dash of worldly colour make Mullan Lightings style both fun and ultimately Timeless!
In 2015 Swedese celebrate their 70th anniversary. Founded in 1945, they continue today as they did at the beginning, developing long lasting designs, produced by skilful craftsmen using high quality materials. This policy has resulted in outstanding, award winning products, many designed by internationally renowned designers. Over the 70 years Swedese have succeeded in creating a wonderful collection of furniture design classics together with intriguing new products which should also achieve longevity. Many of these new products will be launched in the UK for the first time on their stand in the Design Factory during Clerkenwell Design Week.
Clerkenwell Design Week returns to the subterranean House of Detention, to introduce Platform, a show that recognises some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent. Exploiting the venue’s atmospheric architecture, Platform creates a stunning backdrop for a curated collection of international and cutting-edge design.
Venue address: Sans Walk, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0AS
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW
Simplicity, transparency and quality are the key foundations to Alex’s work, his understanding of traditional crafts and modern manufacturing technologies combined with good design give to his work a unique aesthetic that does not engage with trends nor fashion.
From his studio in Hackney he concentrates on creating idea and process driven products & furniture of exceptional quality.
At this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week Alex will be launching a new tile design as well as some of his more established work.
DesignK’s objects are defined by the harmonious mixture between tradition and avant garde.
The inspirations comes from the ordinary objects and the things we are used to see in our daily lives as well as from nature.
DesignK founded by Byung and debuted at 100% Design London 2010 with our signature design “Dandelion stool” which was selected by HiddenArt. DesignK aim to bring the tradition into modern style with handcrafted small batches of products of which every piece is a limited edition.
Dome is a new interdisciplinary Design Studio based in London, founded by friends Tom Whiteway and Jonathan Blayney. The duo met whilst studying Product Design at Central Saint Martins, where they shared a common interest in each other’s projects and went on to establish the partnership in 2014.
Their work ranges from product and furniture design through to interior projects. The balance between clean lines and a functional aesthetic embodies Dome’s approach. A strong understanding and respect for manufacturing processes is central to the pair’s philosophy and is evident throughout their work. Based in their London studio workshop they believe that experimentation and research through making is key to finding new and innovative solutions for their designs.
Dome will be launching their first surface design project, the EDIT wall tiles alongside their A. clock at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week.”
Two or three things
The original project of the table from 2013 was inspired by the film ‘2 or 3 Things I Know About Her’ and derived directly from the above scene. The adaptation contained in the design of the table refers both to philosophical investigations raised in the film and the picture of this scene. The top is made from veneer of california walnut or poplar which patterns remind of swirling coffee from the film shot.
Detail at The Order of St. John reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world. Selected brands will feature throughout the venues majestic Church, Crypt and Cloister garden. In addition to the church itself, the venue’s interiors offering stretches onto the street, including a pop-up marquee on St. John’s Square.
Venue address: St Johns House, 53-54 Saint John’s Square, London, EC1V 4JL
C & C Milano
Inspired by the colours and the atmosphere of the Mediterranean the C&C Milano collection is expression of Italian taste and elegance. C&C Milano’s strength lies in the exclusive collection of fabrics in 150 cm width for furnishings and curtains and 300 cm width for sheets, tablecloths and curtains. The fabrics are milled with colour-fast dyed yarns. In London C&C Milano is based at Chelsea Harbour, one of the biggest textile centre in the City. The product offer encompasses an elegant line of household linens and accessories for the bedroom, bathroom and table, following the well-known style of C&C Milano, all of which can be custom tailored to suit the clients individual needs.
Champagne Jacquart – Cloister Garden
The Champagne Jacquart house style is based on a Chardonnay dominant blend, giving it a light, fresh style. Their flagship cuvée is the Brut Mosaïque NV. To make the wines, Champagne JACQUART follows the traditional Champagne winemaking methods. But it doesn’t stop there – the house always aims to excel, to surpass the industry guidelines and aims for a much higher standard. Blended with care and passion, an extended fermentation period and prolonged cellar ageing allows us to create fine wines that are unique and complex and able to age gracefully.
Champagne Jacquart embodies style and elegance. Since 2009, the Hotel de Brimont, located along the prestigious Boulevard Lundy in Reims, has been the headquarters of Jacquart. Designed by French architect Paul Blondel (1847 – 1897) who was known to have helped Baron Haussmann in the extensive modernisation of Paris, this beautiful, elegant house was built in the Louis XV style and completed in 1897.
Kravet Couture’s brand new collection, ‘Modern Luxe’ encapsulates irresistible, seductive indulgence. Inspired by haute couture fashion houses, this collection takes the world’s most luxurious fabrics and textures into the home. Oozing contemporary chic, ‘Luxe’ offers a vast variety of novelty textures from faux alligator and snakeskin to glittery glass cloths, decorative sheers, pleats, geometrics and embroideries. Focusing on stylish metallics in solid shades of gold, silver and copper with muted hues of lilac and aqua, this exclusive collection is a perfect resource for the glamorous interior.
Jonathan Adler’s latest collection for Kravet ‘Clarity’ features luxury performance fabrics incorporating Jonathan’s ‘happy chic’ aesthetic with sophisticated patterns in fresh, bold colour combinations. These stunning designs are perfect for contract use as well as adding vibrancy and style to residential applications.
Nicholls & Clarke (N&C) are a long established, well-respected and very experienced UK manufacturer who have been successfully supplying the construction industry for 140 years in 2015! N&C offer an un-rivalled range of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone wall and floor tiles with a variety of on-trend designs, backed up by exemplary service.
N&C have worked extensively with the A&D community and can offer a great deal of technical in-depth insight and experience to client projects across industries such as retail, leisure, commercial and residential projects.
With this combination of experience working with specifiers alongside innovative products and support, Nicholls & Clarke are the Total Solutions Provider to the A&D community.
At Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 they will celebrate their 140th year alongside showcasing new and original products.
Noble and Wood
Noble and Wood produce high end, design led furniture and home accessories. Paul Blease founded Noble and Wood based upon his family history, a legacy of integrity and love for well-made products. Their ‘Crafted Modernism’ philosophy is achieved through combining rich materials and exploring modern manufacturing processes with traditional hand crafted techniques. We endeavour to create timeless, elegant original pieces made to the highest standard.
Splinter designs produce handcrafted furniture and home accessories. Founded in 2005 by designer Jacob Pugh, their work combines traditional craft skills, modern manufacturing and well thought out design, to create honest, well made goods. Jacobs’ designs can be found in leading contemporary design stores through out the UK and internationally, including London’s Liberty, Design museum shop, V&A Shop, Heals, and Do-shop. His products have featured in national press such as the Guardian, Monocle, the Metro and Elle decoration.
This year Jacob is launching a contemporary craft furniture range comprising of Bedside tables, dining benches, stools and new collection of home accessories. All splinter designs’ products are made in Uk by skilled craftsmen using responsibly sourced materials. Splinter designs produce work for the contract and retail markets as well as the individual.
Helena Ambrósio is a Portuguese product designer established in London since 2002. During this time Helena has designed and developed a wide variety of products that range from fashion accessories to cocktail serving stations, working with brands such as Alessi, Absolut, Chivas, Dunhill and Hugo Boss.
As a designer-maker, Helena is currently exploring different approaches to the creative process. Rather than using sketching, Helena uses physical making as an idea generation tool, where forms result from a close dialogue between the designer and the characteristics of the material.
The collection presented at Clerkenwell Design Week is a series of high quality porcelain objects designed through the manipulation and folding of paper and exploring the use of colour. Porcelain usually does not cope well with geometric shapes, but the use of making as a creative tool meant it was possible to discover and create stable geometric porcelain forms.
Whitebeam Studio was founded in 2013 by artist/designers Holly AllenCooper and Diana Allen in London and Brooklyn. Their multi-disciplinary studio reflects their individual arts backgrounds – sculpture and photography, typography and graphic design. Diana and her daughter Holly work collaboratively, adding a diverse mix of references and an investigative approach to materials and techniques.
Their steel jewelry explores the juxtaposition of original drawing, textural surfaces and architectural geometry. At Clerkenwell Design Week they introduce their first Living Space collection, geometric forms and freeform imagery on a larger scale in prints and ceramics.
The original color studies are made with natural pigment, ground charcoal and river mud found locally, adding a raw texture to contrast with the clear color pigment. On fine bone china plates [Eclipse] and a ‘forest’ of ceramic cylinder vases [Dawn to Dusk], Whitebeam Editions is also an evolving series of prints, available individually or combined as a personally curated artwork.
My Design Week pointed the best brands, exhitions and showrooms that you will have the pleasure to see at Clerknwell Design Week.
Travel and Stay
If you are going away to enjoy a design week of course you also want to know where to stay and what places to visit besides the exhibitions at the design week. So My Design Week gives you all the information you need to know to have the best stay ever!
The Ritz London HOTEL
The world’s greatest HOTEL, as conceived by the world’s greatest hotelier. For over a century The Ritz London has been the benchmark by which other HOTELS are measured. A London landmark at 150 Piccadilly, The Ritz has been home to the great and the good, the intelligentsia, the glitterati and thousands of discerning guests since 1906.
150 Picadilly,London W1J 9BR +44 20 7493 8181 www.theritzlondon.com
THE GORING HOTEL The Goring has a long and proud list of exclusive clients. It is a special place for special events, luxury in every detail.
The Goring Beeston Place London , SW1W 0JW +44 207 396 9000 http://www.thegoring.com/
When you arrive, you taste a refreshing cup of Chinese tea at TĪNG on level 35, before making your way to your spacious room. Here, floor to ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of vibrant London, and you watch the life of the city unfold along the River Thames
31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU +44 207 234 8000 http://www.shangri-la.com/london/shangrila/
The Savoy London
The Savoy is an iconic HOTEL brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century, where the glamour of 125-years of history sparkles with a new lustre.
Strand London WC2R 0EU + 44 (0)20 7836 4343
A place to eat is always something that everyone is looking for. In London, for Clerknwell Design Week, you will be able to enjoy the best restaurants in London.
Beach Blanket Babylon
Beach Blanket Babylon, or BBB as it is affectionately known, has been a London institution since its inception in 1990. The flagship in Notting Hill resides in an old Victorian mansion on Ledbury Road and is known for its decadent, Gaudy-esque interior and extravagant parties.
45 Ledbury Road,Notting Hill, London W11 2AA
+44 (0) 20 7229 2907 http://www.beachblanket.co.uk/
Aqua Shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, serves innovative … From sunrise to sunset, guests can enjoy the changing views of the London skyline in this Level 31. The Shard,
31 st. Thomas street, London SE1 9 RY http://www.aquashard.co.uk/
The Thomas Cubitt
A beautifull restaurant renovated by Coote&Bernardi, one of the best London interior designer. The Thomas Cubitt Public House & Dining Rooms, honouring London’s legendary master builder. A local favourite in one of London’s most distinguished and picturesque neighbourhoods
44 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PA +44 020 7730 6060 http://thethomascubitt.co.uk/
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarim HOTEL
One of the most luxury HOTELS Mandarim HOTEL offers a unique haute taste.
66 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7LA
+44 (0) 20 7235 2000 http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/fine-dining/dinner-by-heston-blumenthal/
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
“The product is the only truth. A turbot without a stroke of genius is better than a genius without turbot. Each good product, grown with love and respect, in its distinctive land, has an incomparable flavor. Without which, a chef is nothing.”Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Park Lane London W1K 1QA
+44 (0)20 7629 8866
Maybe you will want to shop on this design week, so My Design Week tells you the best shops in London!
A Russian heritage jewellery by Peter Carl Faberge. One of the most luxury jeweler worldwide known.
14a Grafton Street, London W1S 4ET
+44 07 491 7256
One of the most iconic design store, one of the best UK design store.
Wharf Building Portobello Dock,344 Ladbroke Grove London W10 5BU
+44 (0)207 183
The iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen, unique in his drama and opulence.
London UK Flagship 4-5 Old Bond Street London, W1S 4 PD
+44 207 355 0088
For a century and more, De Beers diamonds had been set, anonymously, into the creations of master jewellers around the world; now the finest natural diamonds, both rough and polished, have a home of their own.
The corner of Old Bond Street and Piccadilly 50 Old Bond London,W1S 4QT
+44 (0)207 758 9700
Harrod’s tradition is connected with every luxury brand design. Is a place you can find the most trendy, fashionable articles for you and your home.
87–135 Brompton Road Knightsbridge London, SW1X 7XL
+44 (0)20 3626 7020
Art & Culture
Some culture besides the Clerknwell Design Week: everyone is going to say yes to this!
We exist to promote art and artists – a mission we pursue through exhibitions, education and debate.
Two places in London Burlington House Piccadilly London W1J 0BD 6 Burlington Gardens London W1S 3ET
+44 207 300 8000
The world’s leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.
V&A South Kensington Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Sotheby´s Auction house
One of the leading Auction House in the world, masterpieces are a unique trade.
34-35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA UK
+44 (0) 20 7293 5000
The Royal Opera House
See the best dance in the city, the best singers, unique theatre.
Bow St London WC2E 9DD
+44 020 7304 4000
The home of British art from 1500 to the present day Millbank.
London SW1P 4RG
+44 020 7887 8888
Nightlife is also important to party or to just go out for a drink. See our selecition for the nightlife in London!
Vertigo 42 is London’s finest destination Champagne Bar. Located at the top of Tower 42, one of the city’s highest buildings, the stylish bar offers spectacular panoramic views overlooking London’s most iconic landmarks.
Level 42 Tower 42 25 Old Broad Street London EC2N 1HQ http://www.vertigo42.co.uk/#londons-highest-champagne-bar
Milk&Honey opened in Soho, and since remains dedicated to bring unrivaller drinks quality and service to a discerning crowd of grown-ups.
61 Poland St, London W1F 7NU
+44 207 065 6800
Night Club very trendy, best contemporary music, best DJ´s.
48-49 St. James Street London SW1A 1JT
+44 (0) 207 499 9999
Clerknwell is one of the best and biggest design weeks ever. It is going to happen in London from the 19th of May until the 21th of May. Don´t miss it!