30 May Clerkenwell Design Week 2017
Clerkenwell, London’s liveliest design quarter, hosts a 3 day design festival exhibiting new products, trends and all things creative!
My first time attending was welcomed with the lovely London sunshine, and I was instantly swept up in the buzz of the event. Following the design trail, I was lead through various showrooms, open studios and a plethora of street installations with a constant smile my face. Ready for interior inspiration, the first exhibition, at Fabric nightclub, was my first point of call. Here in the dark environment lighting, understandably, was the main focus. This years lighting design had a natural theme, materials included wood, mixed metals, wire and even cardboard. Different shadow forms were a strong subject, casting interesting light shapes to enhance a space. Graypants “Scraplight” made from recycled cardboard my standout piece.
Wood took on many forms, tables, lighting, furniture with clean lines and bold shapes. Channels made a big statement with its unusual and well executed display unit. Wooden benches were a key furniture piece, the concept of creating a diverse, sociable meeting space in the office or home. Animaro crane lamp, made from solid walnut, would create a talking point offering flexibility and style.
Blush pinks and greens the colours of the festival. Found in seating, textures, and plantation. Textures and materials again had natural tones, brushed brass, rattan, blonde wood, marble and terrazzo.
Key seating highlights, the rocking chair, mid century modern accent chairs, modular commercial seating. In bold colours, unusual arrangements, integrated tables and workstations. A new take on the conventional “office meeting” desk and chairs. Agilita’s new ways of working range was my favourite seating piece, in soft, trend aware colours, the “TOOthePICNIC” arrangement being a highlight.
Impressed, updated and eager to implement the themes from the festival into Overview’s latest and future projects, a return to the event is a definite for next year.