Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Clerkenwell is a buzzing and vibrant place during Design Week, designers and artists spilling out onto the streets enjoying a glass or two in the fantastic sunshine. The Familoe being the main hub and dramatic setting for some of our favourite product designers and a wonderful loft Gin Bar, as designed by a friend of mine, architect Alexander Hills.

As well as a fantastic atmosphere and chance to meet others in the field, we were able to view new collections and see some excellent talks. On the Thursday we went to Domus for a very inspirational talk from Erwan Boroullec about his beautifully understated ‘Pico’ tiles for Domus. “Pico” focuses on revealing the matter as a substance itself – the compressed sand and minerals that constitute ceramic tiles”

We later went onto the party at Cassina and met the brilliant Benjamin Hubert who has recently designed a chair for Casamania and the Juliet chair for Poltrona Frau – an incredibly unexpected and original piece for this furniture house.

Ligne Roset, as usual, never fail to surprise us with fresh and fun designs that stand apart from the crowd. In particular I love this quilted chair from the new indoor/outdoor range Éléonore Nalet.

One particular area of the festival that really made us excited (and quite nervous!) was The House of Detention. Under the dark arches, each cell hosted a different designer and the space worked really well for each. One that caught my eye was Fay McCaul who knits with lights. We are always looking for innovation in design that breaks out of the box and Fay’s lights are truly original and have a wonderful, ethereal quality.

See you next year in Clerkenwell!

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