Clerkenwell Design Week has become a firm favourite of mine in the design show calendar. A combination of fascinating venues and and interesting mix of new and established brands have made it must see show. If you get any chance to get inside the wonderful Farmiloe Building and House of Detention it has to be taken, its a bonus when they fill it with designers!
In an area of London know for its design companies Clerkenwell Design Week popped up last week. Its a bit of a stretch calling it a week (its only 3 days) but its a great opportunity for designers to gain some exposure away from the big design shows. This year there were two main sites; both fascinating buildings in their own right – the Farmiloe and the wonderfully named House of Detention as well as showrooms opening up and other fun fringe activities.
Here are a few of my favourite designs from the event.
DavidDavid x Glass Hill Originally a commission for collaboration for Phillips De Pury & Co for their retail space in Saatchi Gallery this collaboration from David David and Glass Hill is now available as a limited edition piece. The pencil crayon drawing by David David uses the bold geometric patterns the fashion label is known for. Creative Director David Saunders came to fashion via fine art having worked with prominent British artists Tracey Emin and Mat Colishaw.
Vitamin lit up their cell (House of Detention is like an abandoned prison – a wonderfully atmospheric space!) with their Needle light and Knot light. Needle uses the cable like a ball of wool, wrapped around and stored on the aluminium arms. Knot is the hanging pendant with a hand blown glass shade.
Sarah Wiestner created a site specific piece for the House of Detention. Using light and mirrors positioned on a staircase the works questions the views perception of space.
At the Farmiloe Building House of Hackney had a lavish display of their work. Seen above is Dalston Rose a dark and distressed version of a traditional English floral.
Ella Doran Added to her wallpaper range with a distinctly industrial pattern
Away from the main sites my two favourite shows were by independent designers
Supafrankpresented Creature Collective; a playful and inventive show featuring some cute illustrations a very clever little stool made of simple wooden components; parts of which can be converted into a light!