Last week was one of my favourite design shows; Clerkenwell Design Week, a show that might be smaller than your average design fair (and not exactly a week) but what it lacks in size it makes up the quality of events and exhibitors. The entrance to the Design Factory was a stunning display by Ptolemy Mann for Johnson Tiles. Using the full colour palette available in the Prismatics range it was a playful and inventive way to display an ordinary tile. The range is available for you to play with at Material Lab along with Johnson’s full range of tiles and a few interesting partners.
Inside the Design Factory two of Britain’s best known and well loved design legends Sir Paul Smith and Sir Kenneth Grange were brought together via the Design Museum to create a limited edition Paul Smith Type 75 Anglepoise. The Type 75 was a perfect canvas for Paul Smith to work his magic with colour. Soft shades mixed with little shots of neon are a wonderful update for a design classic.
Another lighting favourite of mine, updated for the show was Decode’s Vessel by Samuel Wilkinson in matt black and opaque black and white.
Tracy Kendall’s bespoke Another Colour wallpaper is an amazing 3D patchwork of colour. Each piece of paper is carefully stitched in place. A plain white version made of Tyvek is also available and suitable for outdoors; I have to say I’d never thought of wallpaper being possible outdoors!
There were a couple of impressive newcomers over in the Platform area of the show
I loved Kit Miles beautifully textile pattern and wallpaper patterns. They’re a wonderful mixture of complex drawings and geometric prints with some really sumptuous colours. Added to his obvious talent for pattern creation he’s managed to source all the production in the UK.
Tamma Design’s Solid Spin Lamps by Johanna Tammsalu grew out of an experiment with everyday objects rotated and spun around. The spinning images was used to a solid irregular form that was the basis of the lamp. Cast in porcelain they’re made to order in your choice of colour.
Another impressive tile display came from Russ & Henshaw’s display for Turkishceramics. Using over 7000 tiles on the floor of the 500 year old St John’s Gate, the pattern appeared to be infinite with the use of mirrors on the walls of the gate. The inspiration for the mathematical patterns came from Islamic architecture and pattern design and made a wonderful contemporary take on a traditional form of decoration.