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Trends at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

At the forefront of design and innovation, Clerkenwell Design Week (20-22 May 2014) – now in its fifth year – once again plays host to a curated showcase of some of the best creative ideas from both design and architecture. The key shows, Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions, will present a comprehensive collection of the latest designs by leading brands from the UK and around the world. These four shows, coupled with a range of specially commissioned projects – as part of CDW Presents, firmly place Clerkenwell Design Week as a leading festival for innovations and design trends.



A mix of materials, natural surfaces and tactile fabrics emerges as a key trend at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. Celebrating its 40 years of textile innovation, leading fabric brand Camira will launch its new Silk fabric , a mix of three natural fibres including flax, wool and silk. Pinch Design’s new Derome light  will have its UK launch at the festival, while Swedish brand Örsjö will launch Skyline by Folkform , a new lighting collection with a pixilated effect – inspired by the architecture in Stockholm.



Clerkenwell is renowned for its high concentration of architects, and it is only natural that this influence is reflected at Clerkenwell Design Week with architectural themed designs. Chisel & Mouse will present their scaled-down models of architecture landmarks, introducing the new Frank Lloyd Wright collection at Additions. Newcomer to the festival, Discipline will launch the sculptural Last Side Table by Max Lamb at Design Factory.

In collaboration with designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Domus and Italian ceramic house, Mutina will showcase a new collection of tiles – entitled Mews  – by the designers at the festival. The range is inspired by the landscape, history and personality of London. Meanwhile, Barcelona based lighting manufacturer Vibia will present Wireflow, a new line of pendant lights by Arik Levy that symbolises linear and three-dimensional geometries, on the top floor at Design Factory. For CDW Presents, architecture practice Studio Weave – led by Je Ahn – has created Smith , a pavilion that pays homage to Clerkenwell’s heritage of craft making. During the festival, a series of workshops will be held in this space on St John’s Square.




Another prominent trend this year is craft – products with emphasis on the maker and materials. Young designer Hend Krichen will bring her Tunisia Made collection, a series of vessels created using Tunisia’s artisanal skills and craftsmanship, to the festival.

At Platform, new design company Tamma Design – run by Estonia born Johanna Tammsalu – will showcase its porcelain Solid Spin lamps, while The Camberwell Collective, a group of third year students and recent graduates from the BA 3-D Design course at Camberwell College of Arts, will present a selection of their latest work .



Lighting is always a standout feature for Clerkenwell Design Week, and this year is no different with a dedicated lighting floor at the Design Factory. Leading lighting experts Holloways of Ludlow , Artemide, Anglepoise, Prandina, Catellani and Smith, Studio Italia Design and ModoLuce will showcase their lighting range in the area. 

A festival regular Deadgood will present its Marionette light, made from laser cut, folded sheet metal, while British design brand Another Country will launch an exclusive new range of industrial lighting by New York design studio.

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