Clerkenwell Design Week ~ 2019
tuesday 28th may 2019
Last week the TEK team attended the brilliant Clerkenwell Design Week ~ a three day celebration of a rich and diverse community. Did you know Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet? Making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.
The design festival showcases leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of incredible showroom events, exhibitions and show stopping installations that take place across the area. 2019 celebrated 10 years of CDW which made it an extra special event and to show our admiration we've gathered our TEKten most memorable moments from our time at the festival...
"Made in England"
We started our day at the infamous Fabric nightclub which had been once again turned into a spectacular lighting exhibition. This is where we found ourselves swooning over the handmade ceramic collection by the lovely Lyngard team who are based only a stones throw away from our Birmingham base, in Stoke on Trent. Everything is designed and manufactured from start to finish by Carmen Lyngard and Iain Pattinson, to a standard out of this world.
"Next Generation Design"
ScaleRule is an inspiring collective of engineers, architects and designers who share their talents and knowledge with others to create incredible projects. As part of Next Generation Design ~ an annual project for young people to become involved in a series of design-led workshops to create a pavilion, ScaleRule once again created an incredible installation for CWD which this year designed by GCSE students from disadvantaged areas across London, exhibited under St John's arch. A wonderful visual project inspiring the future of design.
In the secluded garden of The museum of the Order of St John we stumbled upon Danish brand Cane-Line and their outdoor furniture collection which strives to bring indoor comfort outside. Their swoon-worthy outdoor furnishings are designed to convey “Scandinavian Living”, and one of our favourites (although we fell in love with everything) had to be the 'On-the-move side table' in its wide variety of deep colour tones.
Dotted around the entire festival, CDW presented Once Upon a Time ~ a collaboration with UAL Chelsea College of Arts, BA Graphic Design Communication students which interpreted historical tales of Clerkenwell. Each tale was brought to life by a series of graphical installations which gathered impressed crowds. We recommend you read this and see what exactly each installation was about...
We've seen the incredible work of Benchmark in many beautiful spaces but to see their furniture in real life, we were in awe! A powerhouse of British craft, Benchmark is known for their furniture that is timeless with soul and integrity. Each and every piece is handmade by their skilled craftsmen in their Dorset and Berkshire workshops.
British Collection exhibition was located in the barrel roofed Crypt on Clerkenwell Green, of St James’s Church and the very first thing we spotted as we entered was Ercol's gorgeous collection. Heritage, design and craftsmanship are at the heart of each creation which take into account modern living, hospitality and work place environments.
"Never less than 98% recycled"
It was great to see one our innovative TEK suppliers ~ Panaz again at CDW but what made the trip even more memorable is their new Silicastone products created from recycled waste glass and ceramics. This patented process offers new and exciting design possibilities for both interior and exterior projects, whilst promoting Panaz' environmentally friendly manifesto with the range being almost always 100% recycled.
For a spot of food and refreshments we headed over to the incredible Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings ~ which has been on the TEK bucket list (countless plants... what's not to love?) The space, food or plants of course DID NOT disappoint. It was filled with beautiful details, truly a unique space, nothing else comes close to.
"A Chair's Life"
Over at Design Fields, we were stopped in our tracks by the beautiful collection Ondarreta had displayed. The family busines has been working in the field of design and manufacture of tables, chairs and stools for both the home and contract market since it was founded in 1976. the products are what best define the company image, reflecting their growth and evolution ~ definitely one we advise keeping an eye on.
"Umbrella & Friends"
One of our last spots was the brilliant Umbrella Furniture's showroom ~ Umbrella & Friends. The space was once again filled with a variety of product launches from the Stockholm and Milan Design Fairs. The super cool Dexter stools by Lammhults caught our eye, a multifunctional set of solutions in one wire sculpture: seating, stacking and linking as well as being SO aesthetically pleasing.