Clerkenwell Design Week is the UK’s leading independent design festival. Clerkenwell claims to be home to more architects, designers and creative practices per square mile than anywhere else in the world. The festival creates a platform for leading UK and international brands to showcase their stunning and cutting edge designs through various events, exhibitions and installations over three days.
The award winning Clerkenwell Design Week is returning for a 7th year from 24 – 26 May 2016, a festival not to be missed in the design world. #CDW2016
If you’re going look out for this crowd.
Thonet was founded by master carpenter Michael Thonet.
In 1855 he made a key technological breakthrough of bending solid beech wood and was the first mass production of furniture. They were also the first company to mass produce tubular steel furniture in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Thonet were the largest manufacturer of tubular steel furniture in the world, the designs are considered as timeless classics to this day. Clerkenwell Design Week will see the UK debut of the new ‘Thonet All Seasons’ outdoor collection.
Founded in 1927 by Cesare and Umberto Cassina, they launched industrial design in Italy during the 50’s. Today many important designers and architects have collaborated and continue to collaborate with Cassina including: Mario Bellini, Rodolfo Dordoni, Philippe Starck and Piero Lissoni. Since 2005 Cassina has been part of the Poltrona Frau Group, worldwide leader in furnishing.
‘A Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design.’ They’re putting on a show on. Tuesday 24th May 6pm till 8pm
Design Dynamics- is there greater creative freedom with the advancement of technology? ‘A discussion on the impact of technology on design comparing the process for physical and digital end products’
Vitra Colour Lounge Every day of the week you can head down to 30 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5PG. You’ll be able to ‘Immerse yourself in a celebration of colour and textiles. Select your colour zone to meet, read, relax, connect and enjoy during the festival with classic and new pieces from the Vitra collection.’ Love colour? Love Vitra at Clerkenwell
A relatively new company that has evolved rapidly in the UK. Norr11 takes inspiration from authentic Scandinavian designs. Wood and fabric combined effortlessly to make furniture and lighting that’s so very now.
In 1976 Magis was established in the north east of Italy by Eugenio Perazza. Magis is a well known in the design world for great use of plastics and now is experimenting with great new finishes. Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Philippe Starck and Zaha Hadid are just a few of the many designers that have collaborated with Magis, together creating cutting edge designs. Magis will display their newest collections for the first time to the London audience at Clerkenwell Design Week.
For the second year in a row Vitamin will be exhibiting at Clerkenwell Design Week: Vitamin produces solid wood furniture from European hardwoods; all ethically sourced and sophistically minimal. The main aim of the brand is to design for sustainable futures, and they don’t look half bad too.
For your ‘To Do’ List:
Our friends at Houzz: How to publish and visually promote projects online by DOMUS
Wednesday 25th May 16:00 to 17:00, 50 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DF
‘Design professionals will discuss how to publish and visually promote projects online, Attendees will learn how to maximise their online exposure.’
‘Everybody’ is talking about it so get down to the Brexit Briefing
26th May 08:15 to 11:00
‘In the run up to the crucial referendum on 23rd June, UK Construction Week and World Architecture News bring industry leaders together in London to examine the potential impact of a Brexit on the industry. Should we stay or we should go? The event will lead a panel of experts from a cross-section of the industry touching on some of the vital topics that will undoubtedly be affected. Issues such as skills shortage, inward investment, exporting & importing, the housing crisis, and any major projects that could be hampered by the decision to leave Europe.’
Fancy a party? Try to get into the Poltrona Frau drinks at 150 St John Street. Best party of the week by far.