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Clerkenwell Design Week opens for 2016

CDW2016 opened today which still gives you tomorrow and Thursday to head down- beautiful! Make sure you get round the hundreds of brands that will be there, but keep an eye out too for CDW Presents– some great street installations and more.

Giles Miller

 

A CDW stalwart, Giles Miller will be there with his billboards.  Working with the concept of ‘wayfinding’, Giles Miller Studio has produced a series of large scale abstract signage sculptures. Square glass tiles have been composed to create a centralised ‘swoosh’, featured in each sculpture, designed to subtly evoke the movement of visitors to the next festival destination. The functional sculptures have been produced in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile, who are celebrating the launch of their new London Hub in Clerkenwell during the festival.

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

A unique space at the heart of Clerkenwell, Brewhouse Yard is temporarily transformed for CDW into a gateway to the area’s showrooms, sponsored by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. Two site-specific installations – designed by leading architecture practices Studio Egret West and BDP – take on the subterranean surface and elevated levels of this key public space. At the apex of Brewhouse Yard, an information point and pop-up coffee shop in association with OnOffice magazine are accompanied by temporary public seating provided by Marshalls.

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Designed and built by GSCE students, the Future of Design pavilion is CDW’s first education and community project. The project aimed to inspire more young people to take up careers in the creative industries and was developed through a series of workshops run by Scale Rule, a local collective of architects and engineers, and supported by Clerkenwell’s AKTII and Grimshaw. The project was realised through the donation of material from Hanson Plywood Ltd. and the help of Library of Things.

hakfolly

In collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood, FleaFollyArchitects have designed and created ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate. Inspired by a visit to Hakwood’s factory in the Netherlands, HakFolly is a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past.

 

Museum of making

The Museum of Making is designed by White Arkitekter with engineering from Price & Myers. Built of EQUITONE materials, with flooring supplied by Esthec Terrace the museum is a deconstructed barn and will function as a live social space dedicated to the art of making. Archival exhibits from the Museum of London will be displayed alongside the work of contemporary makers practising in Clerkenwell today. The museum will host daily participatory workshops by The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Craft Central and Thomas.Matthews.

Register for free to see these delights here.

Resident at CDW16

We are extremely excited to hear that Kiwi brand Resident will be displaying a range of new products in EC1’s famed Fabric nightclub as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.

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The show entitled “Windows Watching”, will feature products including Volley Chair by Jamie McLellan, as above-  available in a variety of upholstery finishes with either timber legs or an upholstered swivelling pedestal base.

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Odin Chair by Jamie McLellan- as above. Simultaneously humble and striking, the Odin Chair was designed to feel like an appropriate mix of both Nordic and Japanese cultures. The four die cast legs cradle the seat itself in a very pleasing and satisfying manner.

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Midnight Pendant is a spectacular feature light designed to add bold decoration to the most impressive and expansive of spaces. Its suspended geometry is constructed out of hand brushed aluminium. Shame we don’t have a big enough house let alone room, to house it.

For more information about Resident, click here and to sign up for free to CDW2016, click here.

Visionary Golf for LDF

Get your wallets out people- LDF want you to help them kickstart their brilliant idea to have a crazy golf course take over Trafalgar Square during LDF this September- Visionary Golf.

Visionary Golf

Visionary Golf

For 1 week only the square will be taken over. Paul Smith, curator and ambassador for the project, will transform the steps from the National Gallery into a riot of different coloured stripes, topped by a neo-classical clubhouse that echoes the museum, but has a turf roof and putters for columns.

Paul Smith

The late Zaha Hadid designed an undulating course with two levels that traces the shadow of Nelson’s Column, whilst, Camille Walala’s installation, will bring the kaleidoscopic colour of her signature designs to a dynamic 3D landscape.

Camille Walala

Camille Walala

Other holes include Tom Dixon’s, with its funnel and nest of pneumatic tubes through which golf balls will hurtle; a circuitous maze by Mark Wallinger; a netted driving range by the Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow; and a cross-section by Ordinary Architecture of a giant pigeon, through whose gut golf balls will travel.

Tom Dixon Crazy Golf

Tom Dixon Crazy Golf

Want to fund it? Then click here.

Conversations at Clerkenwell

One of CDW’s best bits is the activity, parties and talks that take place across the whole festival. And this year is looking no different with CDW2016 having just released some huge names onto the schedule. Here we pick the top talk that we don’t want to miss, from each day.

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Fireclay Tile’s Triangles

We are rather fond of tiles and more and more brands are adding to their existing ranges with fun, patterned and textured options. They are easy to clean (good for us) and can completely change a space. By adding a patterned tiled floor or wall, you can keep the rest of your scheme very simple.

Fireclay

American brand Fireclay‘s slim Scalenes and versatile Right Triangles (available in 3”, 4” and 6” sizes) can be applied in a wide range of patterns— create diagonals, stripes, squares, pinwheels, chevrons and more.

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It may take a little more time and work to actually get those little shapes up onto the wall, but they look perfect when done. We would see this neutral mint and green as a splash-back in a simple, toned-down kitchen.

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The new shapes will be available in 100+ colors. They’re great to make a room feel different and thought about and can be installed in all sorts of mad geometric patterns. Don’t get too mental though. Cou veer towards  a horrible geometry class otherwise. 
For more info, click here.

Luxury Made

We love finding spaces in London that have rarely been used and LuxuryMade have found one. Heralding a new, highly selective approach to luxury design events, LuxuryMade takes place within a unique setting, some of which has been hidden from public view for over 20 years: Olympia’s Pillar Halls.

With just over fifty of the very best manufacturers showcasing contemporary decorative and luxury furnishings, furniture, fabrics, lighting and accessories, LuxuryMade is set to be a new focus for exceptional design and inspiration during LDF 2016.

The Pillar Hall, a sumptuous banqueting room with richly moulded marble Corinthian columns and decorative ceiling and the Upper Pill Hall – a previously hidden gem with faded grandeur, once the UK’s first electric cinema. Both LuxuryMade spaces were constructed as part of the original Olympia site opened in 1886 as the ‘Princes Apartments’ and amply demonstrating the frame of grand Victorian Architecture.

The show will sit alongside the long-running and hugely successful 100% Design, meaning Olympia will become a go-to destination for the best in interior design.

Fore more information on LuxuryMade, click here.

Milan Design Week – Top Pick

In celebration of the Salone, fashion brand COS have partnered up with architect Sou Fujimoto to create ‘Forest of Light.’ We aren’t in Milan this yea- MASSIVE BOO-  but we keep checking Twitter and Icon magazine’s website to see what their top picks are!

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Taking inspiration from the COS Spring Summer 2016 collection, ‘Forest of Light’ explores ideas of interaction and perspective; the darkened space is illuminated by cones of light that are designed to respond to visitors’ movements. Specially-composed sounds, subtle fog and mirrored walls create an immersive, infinite landscape where the conical spotlights become abstracted trees in a shifting forest of light.

cosBuilt in the 1930s by Italian architect Mario Cereghini, the installation is located in Cinema Arti in Milan’s San Babila district. A former theatre, the now derelict venue has inspired the key aspects of Sou Fujimoto’s design and provides an expansive backdrop to the installation.

cosCOS has been inspired by the work of Sou Fujimoto for many years. Often focusing on negative space and the concept of bringing the outside in, some of Fujimoto’s most well known architectural projects such as the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion blur the parameters of space, with edges dissolving into their surrounding environment.

For more information on the project, click here.

Ventura Lambrate

Still the Milan emails continue- and now we have one of our favourite shows- Ventura Lambrate- to drool over. Here are some of our favourite pieces below.

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Ex.t in Milan

We love ex.t. Their stands at shows are always completely inspiring and beautifully crafted and the designers they choose to work with are always top notch. They have some great collaborations coming out for Milan with our firm favourites Norm Architects as well as a new collection with Sebastian Herkner. Enjoy!

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Magnificent Spa by La Spada

It’s the end of our week off for easter and we need some pampering to get us back in the frame of mind for work. This should do……

spa

Water blends with stone to create a space of intense calm and beauty: the magnificent SPA, created by the designer Alessandro La Spada. Slightly OTT name but to be fair, it’s a slightly OTT offering., the Spa was created in Antolini’s Black Absolute “Memorial” – a very beautiful black granite.

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Here, the geometric design of the material is reflected in the water, creating a play of reflections in which to take a deep breath and relax.

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For more information on where to buy the tiles, click here.

New Craftsmen selects eggs

It’s nearly Easter and that can only mean one thing……a long weekend! Oh and easter eggs. The New Craftsmen suggest holding your eggs, not eating them.

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Seletti in Milan

April means only one thing- the biggest celebration of design in the world- Salone Del Mobile. This year is the 55th year of the show and there is a LOT going on. Including this madness from Seletti.

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Design Museum Kensington move

It’s here! Finally the date of the Design Museum’s move to Kensington has been announced- 24th November 2016!

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Zaha Hadid for Georg Jensen

Danish design house Georg Jensen has partnered with Zaha Hadid on her first jewellery collection for the brand.  The pieces will be unveiled at Baselworld.

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This collection of five rings and three bangles is crafted in both sterling silver and black rhodium set with black diamonds and reference many of her famous, sculptural building designs. Continue Reading…

Affordable Art Fair opens doors

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors today in London.

Affordable art fair

110 local and international galleries will descend on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork, all available for between £100 and £5,000. We know we want to head down and see what we can grab. here are some of out fave artists and pictures. Continue Reading…

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