Preview: What to Watch Out for at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

With the Clerkenwell Design Week happening this May 23-25, we’re excited to take a peek at London’s leading design district as it welcomes another year of showcases from world-renowned design brands and up-and-coming independent designers.

Back for its eighth run, the Clerkenwell Design Week is set to kick off with hundreds of exhibitions and activities around the vibrant London neighborhood, with unique locations like a Victorian prison, the St. James Church and an iconic nightclub.

There’s plenty to turn heads, and we’ve rounded up some of the installations and exhibits that are definite must see items.

 

BuzziJungle

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If you think you’re way past the age of playgrounds, think again. Belgian company Buzzi.Space created BuzziJungle to represent their vision for a social office with a collaborative atmosphere. Designed by Jonas Van Put, BuzziJungle is a playful installation that allows visitors to climb, lounge and meet around the yellow lacquered steel “jungle”.

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Mapei Tree

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This year, Harper Downie teams up with the construction product experts Mapei to design the Mapei Tree, an interactive vibrant colored tree. It aims to provide a metaphor for building, wherein the resin roots serve as foundations and extend to the bright silicon leaves that sway with the wind. With its intriguing form, the tree invites visitors to sit back and breathe in the sights and sounds of Brewhouse Yard.

 

Button Sofa

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Swedese’s Button Sofa is set to make an appearance this year as part of Design Fields’ exhibit of furniture, lighting and unique product designs. Embracing the Scandinavian style of minimal lines, the Button Sofa is a contemporary piece that lets you play around with accessories to add functionality and comfort.

 

Lincrusta

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Lovers of classical interiors and Victorian homes are in for a treat with Lincrusta’s elegant wall coverings presented at The Order of St. John alongside other prestigious luxury interior brands. As part of the Detail exhibition, the intricate designs feature elaborate embossed patterns that leave a lasting impression.

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Arte & Stili

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Bespoke ceramic designers Arte & Stili join Clerkenwell Design Week’s line up of exhibitors for Platform held at the House of Detention, Clerkenwell’s old prison. Sharing their expertise on handmade artifacts, Arte & Stili’s master artists will hold four 30-minute masterclasses to demonstrate the skillful creation of ceramics.

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Grace Souky

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London-based product and furniture designer Grace Souky is one worth watching, as she displays a mix of her signature homeware pieces. Souky’s Domestic Collectibles, a playful geometric set of kitchenware, is an eye-catching ensemble we’d love to add to our own collection. Make sure to drop by the street-market style pavilion at St. John Square and you might come across something you fancy.

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Curiousa & Curiousa

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The iconic Fabric nightclub is the host for the Icon House of Culture to showcase a curation of top international brands. There, Curiousa & Curiousa will display their latest products including the stunning Cordero chandelier with over 30 colorful glass “droplets” that really are quite pretty. Additionally, the Lotus Dine Light is not to miss, with its hand-blown glass design that mimics an inverted dinner set.

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Are you planning to head over to the Clerkenwell Design Week? Tell us what you’re looking forward to spotting, in the comments below. To find out more about the event, head on over to Clerkenwell Design Week website.

If you’re interested in reading more about design fairs and exhibitions, check out our top 10 picks from Milan Design Week.

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