Last week I spent some time visiting Clerkenwell Design Week in London. This is a design festival where all creative business showrooms open their doors; with exhibitions and pop up events taking place throughout the area. The atmosphere is always buzzing with world wide creatives celebrating design. I have put together some of my ‘best bits’ for those of you who didn’t get chance to visit this year. From the Design Factory in the Farmiloe Building, Platform, Detail and Additions exhibitions.
1. Not Another Bill “The Gift that keeps on giving” – Not-Another-Bill aims to make your letter box a more magical place by introducing you to exclusive items from artists, designers and brands through a subscription each month. I love this concept and all of the unique gifts available, what a great way to collect ‘surprise’ designer products!
2. The Urban Botanist – A stylish and contemporary way of displaying plants in your home living environment. This design concept allows you see house plants in a different way. Designer plants for the inspired city dweller wanting to enhance all aspects of living.
3. Helena Ambrósio – The pleated #02 series of the Porcelain Vase caught my eye. The beautiful petrol grey colour is subtle, modern and has a real fresh, contemporary feel.
4. Trend presentation by Sally Angharad sponsored by Tarkett – Our very own Sally presented Scarlet Opus Trends for 2016 and beyond at the Desso Studio. She explained what the driving forces are behind key colours, materials and interior styles.
5. Dome Studio – I loved the playful colour contrast with geometric backdrop presented by Dome Studio. The A clock is a delicate form which takes inspiration from nature where the divisions serve a functional purpose whilst also highlighting the changing light conditions found throughout the day.
6. IIII – Unusual sculpured handmade chandeliers by Sarah Dehandschutter display a natural elegance that have a unique soft and streamlined character
7. Mutina tiles designed by Patricia Urquiola ‘Tierras‘ at Domus – The new collection of geometric colour contrast tiles have a dual personality, combining the newest technological innovation with the concept of traditional, handmade productions. The warm earthy colour palette, with contemporary bright accents compliment as well as create striking contrast to suit individual styles.
8. Aleksandrina Rizova and Victoria Umansky – This collaboration of designers combine architecture with textiles. They create high quality products with an emphasis on surface texture, unusual design and luxurious materials.
This design festival gets better each year, we are already looking forward to 2016!