Clerkenwell Design Week returns this month with a bold new visual identity and a host of creative events, exhibitions and installations. Now in its eighth year, the three-day event celebrates the rich and diverse design community in this corner of London.
Here are our top five features for 2017.
1. Bill Amberg Studio at Project
Bill Amberg Studio will make its debut at Clerkenwell Design Week with a curated display of products, encompassing many of the unconventional and experimental applications of leather for which it has become renowned. Exhibiting at Project — a section of the festival dedicated to contract furniture, lighting and surface brands — Bill Amberg Studio will take visitors on a journey through its work as well as offer the opportunity to experience the art of hand-crafting leather with a schedule of 30-minute masterclasses.
2. Norman Crypt
Lighting design consultancy, Nulty will illuminate the Norman Crypt, which lies beneath St John Clerkenwell, without affixing to, or altering any facet of the listed interior. By using subtle, indirect lighting, the studio will bring to life the architectural elements and highlight the new Michael Northcroft Serafina furniture collection. ‘It is going to be a truly British celebration of furniture, lighting and architecture coming together to create something special,’ says Marta Vega, design director of Michael Northcroft.
3. Double Vision
Double Vision, sponsored by Dutch flooring company Hakwood, is a 4m-high structural installation of recursive patterns nestled in the historic Clerkenwell Close. Inspired by the pattern possibilities of Hakwood’s wall tile range, Double Vision is a double-panelled structure which aims to create an uplifting moment while walking the exhibition route. The piece celebrates pattern and form, and its power to brighten and energise.
4. The Beacon
This year’s show is set to present some of CDW’s most ambitious installations, including The Beacon — a 7.5m-tall structure, located at the entrance to Design Fields. Inspired by the Tower of Babel, the structure will feature an internal staircase encased in a typographical design that celebrates internationalism. Visitors will be able to climb up the internal staircase to a viewing platform overlooking a cross-section where the industrial meets historical Clerkenwell.
5. The Playbox
Shape London is working in collaboration with Fraher Architects on a bespoke compact installation that will provide a place to entertain, socialise and play. The 1,200mm x 600mm unit will visit different sites during the festival. The ‘Big Sister’ Playbox in Design Fields will house Newby Teas and is made from black multiwall by James Latham. The ‘Little Brother’ Playbox at Brewhouse Yard will be clad in cork to create a textured contrast to the tiles which line the inside.