Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Earlier this week I had a chance to check out Clerkenwell Design Week, which seemed as vibrant as ever. It was nice to see the streets buzzing with activity, openings and parties. One of the highlights was the FIVE exhibition at the SCIN Gallery showing furniture and products in American hardwood. A collaboration between East London design collective OKAY Studio and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the small but inspiring show focused on the many possibilities of the lesser known, and perhaps more abundant wood species and each designer took a completely unique approach. I especially loved Mathias Hahn’s collection of simple kitchen utensils in American hard maple and Hunting & Narud’s Apex side tables, which encased a variety of wooden cones, from ash to cherry to red oak, within clear and smoked glass vessels.