Clerkenwell design week 2014

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Top & bottom left: The Familoe building; Top middle: Kenneth Grange's talk; St James's church; Bottom right: Studio Weave's Smith pavilion


Over the years, I have witnessed the Clerkenwell design week growing bigger and now it has become one of the important international design events. Aside from the several main venues, showrooms, shops, and even eateries in the area would take part in the 3-day event (not exactly a week as its name suggests). I was glad to learn that our Japanese supplier, DI CLASSE would be taking part at the event and that their chief designer/owner, Domei Endo would be coming over from Japan as well.

The main venue, Familoe Building has been named as the 'Design Factory' this year. Aside from furniture, lighting and retail units, it also hosted free seminars. I attended Kenneth Grange's talk and as always he is funny, humble and down-to-earth, it is hard to believe that he is 85 already. He is truly amazing and inspiring.


kyoto floor lamp by stellar worksMing chairs by Neri & HuCatellani & Smith's Stchu-MoonVibia lightingdi-classe cuore led candlesdi-classe

Top left: Kyoto floor lamp by Stellar Works; Top middle: The Ming chairs by Neri & Hu for Stellar Works ; Top right: Catellani & Smith's Stchu-Moon; Bottom left: Vibia lighting; Bottom middle: Cuore LED candles by DI CLASSE


DI CLASSE's stall was on the top floor of the building which was solely dedicated to lighting. I was introduced to Mr Endo who founded his company in 1990 in Japan and has continued to grow ever since. I was later informed that Mr Endo's lighting received a lot of interests at the show, so it was a successful event for them.


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Top left & right: the Order of St Johns; Main: Live painting at a showroom


Other venues included the Order of St Johns (Detail), the House of Detention (Platform) and a new venue, Crypt on the Green (Additions). It was refreshing to see many young designers and new companies showing at the latter venues instead of the usual big names.


Torqued Bowls designed by Nichole Cross and David Morgan from Wasatch design collective  Sarah DehandschutterIMG_8313IMG_8319georgoehlerJuliette Bigley Brooksbank & Collins's Me-Far TriaYas-ming ceramics Chisel & Mouse

Top left: Torqued Bowls designed by Nichole Cross and David Morgan from Wasatch design collective; Top right: Sarah Dehandschutter's beautiful knitted fabric lamps; 2nd row middle: Robert Scott's Roxanne; 2nd row right: Georg Oehler's Nagoire Light Case; 3rd row left: Juliette Bigley; 3rd row right: Brooksbank & Collins's Me-Far Tria; Bottom left: Yas-ming ceramics; Bottom right: Chisel & Mouse's architectural sculptures


One of most interesting exhibitions during the event was 'Tailor my Tom Vac' exhibition at Vitra's showroom celebrating 15 years of Ron Arad's iconic Tom Vac chair. Vitra invited the 22g designers/design studios to interpret the brief: 'to explore both novelty and memory in design, art and architecture' with no restrictions on medium or discipline, in line with Arad's original response.

The winner was Hawkins\Brown's 'Pamela', the designers extended the legs and turned the chair into a lifeguard chair. And its name paid homage to the famous baywatch star.


tailor my tom vac Get into the Groove '97' by ID:SR'Tom Woof' by Coffey Architects'mVac+ don't sit, just listen...' by Scott Brownrigg'Transforming objects into memories' by Studio Tilt

Ron Arad's Tom Vac chair exhibition/competition at Vitra - Top right: 'Get into the Groove '97' by ID:SR; Bottom left: 'Tom Woof' by Coffey Architects; Bottom middle: 'mVac+ don't sit, just listen...' by Scott Brownrigg; Bottom right: 'Transforming objects into memories' by Studio Tilt



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