Clerkenwell Design Week is in it's fifth year and fast growing into the must see design festival. Thousands of visitors taking in the amazing array of exhibitors, showrooms, installations and designers running for three days - ok so not a full week, but close enough. I was fortunate enough to visit the Clerkenwell Design Fesitval 2014 and sharing some of the highlights. Be prepared for a long but inspiring scroll. Part one starts here...
Prismatics Landscape /Colour wall . Johnson Tiles with Ptolemy Mann
A three wall mural constructed for the design festival designed by artist and colour consultant Ptolemy Mann along the entrance to Clerkenwell Design Week's Farmiloe Building in St John Street. Using 4200 tiles in a range of colours, it's an eye catching start.
I’ve designed a mural with 4200 tiles covering a massive external space in a positively exuberant display of chromatic tile-tastic fabulousness...'I think what's really exciting about this is the crossover between craft, colour and industry' Ptolemy Mann
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Jaguar sculpture collaboration with Foscarini
The Jaguar and Foscarini installation is presented as a bespoke illuminated sculpture in the Farmiloe Building’s dramatic atrium.
Jaguar UK is the headline sponsor of Clerkenwell Design Week 2014. This year Jaguar will undertake a collaborative project with fellow event partner Foscarini, which will culminate with the unveiling of a bespoke installation featuring the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé sports car and Foscarini's new totemic LED lamp, Tuareg.
Here You Are Studio . Russell Bamber
Tucked away in the back of the Farmiloe Building is a small but surprising space using one material in a variety of shades. A big impact for a small space, creating alot with little.
Russell Bamber has been commissioned by Here You Are Studio to re-explore space. Elevating recycled materials to a shimmering spectacle.
Anglepoise + Paul Smith
Iconic british brand Angleposie reveal a stunning new interpretation of the classic Anglepoise® Type75™ table lamp, the Special Edition Anglepoise® + Paul Smith piece combines the unmistakeable form and function of an Anglepoise® with the unique handprint of Britain's foremost designer.
Known for his mastery of colour, on the lamp Paul combines vivid shades with a playful result. Warm grey-olive tones are contrasted with sharp accents of fuchsia and lime, with cornflower and clay added to stunning effect.
Following hot on the heels of a recently released collaboration with Carl Hansen on an iconic Hans J. Wegner chair, Paul Smith once again demonstrates his deftness in injecting modernity and new life into classic design pieces.
The latest lighting designs from some of the world's most renowned architects and designers. Artemide introduces lights from it's new collection, including Incalmo by Carlotta de Bevilacqua & Fabio Zanola. Jean Nouvel's new design Equilibrist. Empatia collection by Carlotta de Bevilacqua & Fabio Zanola is the winner of Wallpaper design award 2014 incorporating hand-blown glass and LED lighting.
Vibia . SET and WIREFLOW
Vibia presents WIREFLOW, designer Arik Levy's new pendant lighting collection that symbolizes linear and three dimensional geometries as hanging sculptures of light in space.
SET is a new concept of modular wall sconces that composes light as art onto the walls. During the day SET decorates the wall with a pattern of rectangular elements, but once illuminated it creates a surprising feature of lights, shadows and volumes. In this collection by Xuclà there is only one light. It is fixed in position as the base of the composition where it can project onto the other elements producing a beautiful light effect. All other elements can be rotated to create endless variations of light and shadow.
I couldn't help but stop and take in the stand by Tinsmiths lighting, beautiful textural light pendants and period lighting that was well worth the stop.
With a great stand of eye catching lighting and oversized lamps, Jaco Maris from the Netherlands exhibiting lights including benben, insider looking very architectural.
Skyline by Örsjö
Swedish lighting brand Örsjö Belysning will be releasing beautiful new lighting families to the UK market at Clerkenwell Design Week.
Skyline by Folkform, was presented to Her Majesty Queen Silvia by the Swedish government on the occasion of her 70th birthday. Inspired by the architecture of different districts of Stockholm the collection includes two ceiling pendents, a floor lamp and a wall version
I love the desk mirror combination and beautiful detail on the furniture by Zeitraum, simple and beautiful.
Decode is a London-based design and manufacturing company that creates progressive and contemporary furniture and lighting. Their products challenge convention and deliver fresh perspectives on traditional materials.
Decode was established by Ryan Malone and Giles Massie-Taylor in 2007 to produce a collection of modern British design in collaboration with emerging London-based designers. In their first year Decode was awarded the title of "Best New Design brand" at the British Design Awards 2008 hosted by Elle Decoration. At Clerkenwell Design Week, Decode launch an exciting new variation on the Vessel light alongside its previous award-winning collection. The new monochrome Vessel Solid light shows off its new opaque design in black and white.
The stunning range of furniture by Stellar Works was well...stellar! Too many good angles to take a photo of. A selection of Vintage Fresh works, collections on show features an array of internationally celebrated designers including Shanghai design duo Neri & Hu, SPACE Copenhagen, and Australia’s Nic Graham, who weaved vintage ambience into modern shapes. Alongside are re-editioned classics such as the Piano Chair from Vihelm Wohlert and Shell Chair from Børge Mogensen.