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Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

Last week’s  6th annual Clerkenwell Design Week covered 85 show-rooms and 3 fabby exhibitions spaces in Clerkenwell area in East London:

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High calibre exhibitors in the Design Factory, located in the historic Farmiloes building at the Old session House in Clerkenwell.

Emerging designers in Platform located at the House of Detention.

Design objects and Accessories in Additions, located in the Crypt on the Green at St James Church.

Luxury Design at Detail, at the order of St John, featuring strong newcomers and returning favourites.

Icon’s House of Culture.

 

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Icon Magazine launched Icon’s House of Culture in this gorgeous Georgian building with a buzzing cafe/design club,talks with top designers, screenings etc... and curated a selection of established brands in the design world.

Along with unique exhibition spaces, above, the Fringe programme included open studios, top designers talks, professional development presentations, installations hosted by architects and of course...lots of parties and bubblies around to network.

 

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We loved this year’s exhibitors and had to be very very selective. Here is our selection of our favourites.

About Clerkenwell Design Week:

One of the best-loved events in the design industry calendar, Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day annual festival gathering Clerkenwell’s long-established design community together. Now in its sixth year, the event has increasingly become a must go-to showcase for the UK and international design community.

The name Clerkenwell comes from the Clerks’ Well in Farringdon Lane, where London parish clerks performed the famous Medieval Mystery Plays throughout the Middle Ages. Since the Industrial Revolution, the area has housed craft workshops, printers, clockmakers and jewellers. Traditional crafts, such as printing and bookbinding still flourish, as do graphic designers. In the last two decades, Clerkenwell’s unique variety of buildings have been transformed into central studio, showroom and workshop spaces, attracting an unprecedented concentration of architectural, design and creative practices.

 

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The global businesses that have made Clerkenwell their home have shaped the area into the UK’s most important generator of creativity and innovation. Serving an infinite variety of other industries easily accessible from across London, Clerkenwell has become home to a plethora of new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios and more than 200 architectural practices - more per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. In addition, Clerkenwell houses over 60 design showrooms including world leaders Vitra, Poltrona Frau, Knoll and Steelcase.

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HOUSE OF CULTURE:
Icon’s house of culture curated hand-picked established brands in this gorgeous georgian space: Timorous Beasties, Gubi, Fritz Hansen etc...

TIMOROUS BEASTIES:
Stunning new wallpaper collection Kaleido Splatt and Topical Tropical
Expressive wallpapers , patterns and colours covering those Gorgian distressed walls .. in love !!

PINCH:
Pure lines, simplicity and elegance for this Elle Decoration and Grand Design Award Winning company. Timeless ..

GUBI:
Beautiful installation of modernist-inspired furniture and lights-quality, comfort and a style we
favour... has to be said.

FRITZ HANSEN:
LONDON, UK, 19th of May, 2015 – During Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 Republic of Fritz Hansen presents the new FriTM armchair and SammenTM dining chair designed by Jaime Hayon and nine new colours for the iconic Series 7TM created by the Danish artist Tal R. Alongside new products "7 cool Architects and 1 hot topic" will be showcased, an exhibition of personal re-takes of the Series 7TM by selected star architects such as Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and Jean Nouvel.

Easy chairs FriTM and SammenTM by Jaime Hayon:
In a series of designs, the renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has reinterpreted Danish design for Fritz Hansen, combining the unique Spanish playfulness with Danish minimalism and craftsmanship. “Together with Fritz Hansen, I have created an armchair (FriTM) and a dining chair (SammenTM). Both are a natural part of the Favn, Ro and Analog family, reflecting the same idea: our shared principles of working with the best materials and aiming for simplicity and maximum comfort. Both chairs can be characterized as open, free and public designs that let you become a part of the life that goes on around you. They both create a cosy, warm and informal feel in any setting, whether it is a home, an office or a restaurant,” says Jaime Hayon.

Colours in Perfect Shape:
In 1955, Arne Jacobsen set new standards for chair design when he created Series 7TM - a design fit for the future. Series 7TM, the most sold stackable chair in design history (more than 7 million copies), is a pure style icon, seen by many as one of the finest examples of timeless design. After decades of solid popularity it is now celebrating its 60th anniversary, in its finest shape and form ever.

For this occasion Fritz Hansen decided to ask artist Tal R to create 9 new colours. The internationally renowned Danish painter, who is mostly famous for his profound sense and bold usage of colour, became a natural choice for the brand to help to revitalize the iconic design. “I grew up with the Series 7TM chair. It’s the simplest chair I know. It doesn’t want to be anything more than just a chair. And I love the shape, which is scintillating and has a woman’s sensual curves. So it was a great pleasure for me to choose the new colours for the chair. All the colours have one thing in common: they lie in between two tones and are constantly pulled in both directions; this gives the colours depth and the ability to conjure up mental images. To me, it’s important that every single colour has a story behind it that sparks associations. Therefore, each of colours that I’ve chosen has its own story and lets you see the chair in a new perspective,” says Tal R. Two colours in specific - Trieste Blue and Chevalier Orange - were chosen to use both on the base and the seat for a monochrome look.

7 cool architects and 1 hot topic:
60 years ago Arne Jacobsen designed the Series 7TM. Unlike his other designs this chair wasn't created with a specific project in mind (e.g. the Ant chair, designed for Novo Nordisk canteen; the Oxford chair for St. Catherine’s College in Oxford; the Egg and the Swan for Radisson SAS Hotel in Copenhagen). This gives the Series 7TM the quality to be interpreted and adapted to very different contexts.

Fritz Hansen has invited 7 architects to interpret the Series 7TM. The project, launching in London, during the Clerkenwell Design Week 2015, includes the designs of Bjarke Ingels Group, Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de León, Jean Nouvel Design, Jun Igarashi, Neri & Hu, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid Design. The journey starts at Clerkenwell Design Week where you can see 5 out of the 7 projects.

SOURCE Fritz Hansen.

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