The latest and eighth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week teamed with glorious sunshine to become a highlight of 2017’s design calendar. With over 250 exhibitors, more than 90 showrooms and six exhibition venues, CDW celebrated the innovation and creativity stemming from London’s historic Clerkenwell quarter. CDW’s slogan for this year was ‘Churches, Prisons, Nightclubs’ and it did not disappoint. With a host of striking and unique locations for the projects to take place, such as the Houses of Detention, Fabric and The Order of St John, it’s always exciting to visit and view these private spaces in a different light.
However my personal highlights are always the landmark installations, created in collaboration between brands and artists. The Beacon, by Design Fields + Perspex, was 2017’s biggest installation at 7.5 metres tall. Inspired on the Tower of Babel, the colorful structure was open for visitors to climb, with a viewing platform offering views of the Clerkenwell area.
The Next Generation Design Pavilion in the Garden of St. James Church was aimed to inspire younger generations to work in construction-related professions. It brought together GCSE students from schools across London to respond to a challenging brief, exploring ways in which architecture and design can encourage social interaction. The student-designed pavilion was the result of a series of educational workshops and contributed to the playful vibe of the design trail. BuzziJungle by BuzziSpace offered a solution to the conventional meeting space and reminded me even more so of a children’s playground. You were welcome to climb, lounge and meet in the elevated work-lounge space made from lacquered steel. British artist Sally Hogarth + Karndean series of Kaleidoscopes were scattered around the design trail, inviting users to play along with the reflections. Once again, CDW has convinced me, the only limit is your imagination.
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