Today was a rare day off so we headed over to The Future Laboratory to catch up with our friends Martin Raymond and Chris Sanderson over lunch – such a fantastic building with a great creative energy and always plenty going on. If you want to know more about the way the world is heading, The Future Lab is the place to find out.
Returning for its third year, Clerkenwell Design Week (22-24 May 2012) continues to build on its successes and highly regarded reputation with a dynamic and inspiring programme of product launches, parties, auctions, debates and pop-ups in addition to exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and more.
CDW includes over 150 brands including showrooms, designer makers, manufacturers and artists. This year CDW will span three special venues that are rarely open to the public: the Farmiloe Building (a former lead/glass merchants warehouse), The House of Detention (a subterranean Victorian prison) and new for 2012, the Order of St John’s Priory (featuring an incredible 12th Century crypt and charming garden).
After a quick brunch in Walthamstow with family we headed back to the Farmiloe to finish setting up our stand. There’s nothing quite like being in the physical space for knowing where everything should go. So, as our carefully drawn up floorplan bit the dust, it was a case of juggling things around until it looked just right. Two hours later we were able to leave, feeling more than happy with the final layout.
A more relaxing day tomorrow before show time on Tuesday…
You can see Bark Furniture at Clerkenwell Design week in the Farmiloe Building 22-24 May 2012.
Tekio is a modular lighting system inspired after Dickens’ travels to the Far East. Paper lanterns were invented in China and used extensively at festivals in Japan. The American-Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi is credited with bringing them to the attention of the West in the 1930s. Taking the idea of the traditional Japanese paper lantern into a new, design-led dimension, Tekio’s innovation lies in its flexibility: inside each paper tube is a frame that can be bent from straight to 90° and locked into any desired shape. You Can see Anthony Dickens at Clerkenwell Design week in the Farmiloe Building 22-24 May 2012.
Although we have exhibited at Clerkenwell Design Week before, this is the first time we have had a stand in the Farmiloe Building. And the contrast between here and the House of Detention (where we were last year) couldn’t be greater. Last year we nearly killed ourselves carrying eight huge pieces of furniture and their respective stands down 300-year old, narrow, winding staircases into a damp crypt. This year our space is at ground level and just yards from where we were able to park the van. Yay!
Playing with the big boys
Friday, May 18
Just arrived in London and it’s 1.15 in the morning! Not quite how we planned it but at least we’re here and in one piece.
Another early start gave us the chance to give the display stand a lick of paint before wrapping and packing everything into the van. We tend to pack everything in the adjacent workshop as it is less dusty. It is also home to Jonathan’s 1957 Ford Fairlane station wagon, the inspiration for the new Kustom Collection.
Thursday, May 17
Today was our last full day in the workshop before heading to London to set up for Clerkenwell Design Week. With a seemingly endless To-Do list we were up at the crack of dawn to get everything done on time. By 9am we had already established there was no surf – something of a blessing as it meant there were no distractions/excuses!!
Beacon Coffee Table
First on the list was the final coat of oil on the new Beacon Coffee Table and Kustom Mirror. While that was drying we had to make a display stand for the new Acorn Bookcase and Kustom Mirror.
G&T by Bethan Gray is debuting at the Farmiloe Building during Clerkenwell Design Week .
G&T is a newly established design collaboration between Bethan Gray, and Thomas Turner.
G&T focuses exclusively on using intriguing and seductive combinations of natural materials, adding exciting and elegant detail to create contemporary, yet timeless families of beautiful products. The brands design and development is focused on nurturing highly skilled and motivated manufacturers, who are passionate about their product, and take personal pride in their craftsmanship.
Hubbawelcome is a new collective of contemporary artists based in East London, formed by Chris Mundy and Greg Lockhart. Their work is inspired by online culture and the psychology of growing up in the information age.
A Herman Miller Pop Up Shop has opened in New York City’s Soho neighborhood.
The 6,000 square foot space is exhibiting the recently announced Herman Miller Collection which aims to serve both consumer and commercial furniture needs. See more details and images over at PSFK.Com
Anthony Hartley will be showing his Cable Collection at FADoffice.com at The Other Art Fair from May 10th – May 13th 2012.
The pieces that make up the Cable Collection are made from clean and simple MDF or ply template shapes, sprayed in Hartley’s trademark strong colour palette. The innovation comes in the joining of the templates, which uses multicolored cable ties to secure them, and which can be easily assembled without tools. Customers can order a matching set, a single base colour with a mix of accents, or a completely custom colorway.
Erich Consemüller Lis Beyer or Ise gropius sitting in the B3 Club Chair by Marcel Breuer, and wearing a mask by Oskar Schlemmer and dress fabric by Lis Beyer, c.1927 Copyright Estate Erich Consemüller
3rd May – 12th August
Exploring the world’s most famous modern art and design school, Bauhaus: Art as Life at the Barbican is the biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK for over 40 years.
A driving force in modernism, the Bauhaus sought to change society in the aftermath of World War I and find a new way of living. The exhibition presents the pioneering and diverse artistic production that makes up the school’s turbulent fourteen year history from 1919 to 1933. It delves into the subjects at the heart of the Bauhaus – art, design, people, society and culture.
Art Sensus will introduce Dutch artist Jan Maarten Voskuil to London in an exhibition titled Non-Alphabetical Order. On display will be his latest series of paintings, 4 Squeezed Squares, Dynamic Monochromes and The Alphabet of Silly Colours. These bodies of work all deconstruct painting itself, in both a consistent and elaborate way. They rationally emphasise the formal aspects of colour, size and deformation, whilst embodying dynamism and sensuality.
Coca-Cola and designers Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan present The Coca-Cola Beatbox Sound Lab from 2nd – 6thMay 2012 ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Coca-Cola has revealed that it is to give members of the public a sneak preview of the innovative sound technology being developed for The Coca-Cola Beatbox, its iconic Olympic Park pavilion, by the critically acclaimed London practice, Pernilla & Asif.
From Wednesday 2nd May to Sunday 6thMay, designers Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan will install one of their sound technicians in a pop-up sound lab in Front Room, the Central London space at St Martins Lane. Ohrstedt and Khan will invite visitors to help them test one of 230 five metre-long sound-emitting cushions being developed for the Coca-Cola Beatbox ahead of London 2012.
Great News Bethan Gray has agreed to report back from Milan for Despoke she’ll be sending in regular images and info on all the sights and products that catch her eye.
Bethan is out in Milan to launch a new chair that she designed with Italian manufacturer MALINA .
The Italian manufacturer produces chairs for retailers such as Heals & Habitat and also for the contract market. You can find them at the Fiera in HALL 6, STAND F36.
Welsh born Bethan Gray is best known for her liveable, honest, and warm designs. She first came into recognition when she was awarded the Habitat Innovation Award by Tom Dixon at New Designers in 1998. Working closely with Matthew Hilton during his residence at Habitat, Bethan was made Head of Furniture Design before embarking on setting up her own studio in 2008.