CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK 2016
Clerkenwell Design Week 2016, London was held at the end of May to showcase leading UK and international design brands through a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations across the Clerkenwell area. STORY HH was particularly impressed by Tom Dixon’s stunning light installations but also by the richness and diversity of Clerkenwell and its history.
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK 2016: CLERKENWELL’S HISTORY
Clerkenwell has been a long-standing centre for makers and craftspeople. During the 18th Century it became a hub for London’s clock and watch-making trade; it was also renowned for its printing, publishing, breweries, jewellery and watch-making. A period of decline during the 20th Century however, led to the availability of work spaces, which were first adopted by architects and then, by a generation of designers and makers. Although smaller in numbers than their predecessors, the making community remains an important feature of the cultural and economic landscape of modern Clerkenwell.
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK 2016: THE MUSEUM OF MAKING
For Clerkenwell Design Week 2016, Swedish firm, White Arkitekter constructed the Museum of Making, a barn-like structure, to celebrate the history, present and future of making in Clerkenwell. Alongside an exhibition of work from contemporary makers were objects and artefacts loaned from the nearby Museum of London, including tools and machinery rescued from old factories in Clerkenwell.
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK 2016: TOM DIXON
The British Designer, Tom Dixon, installed furniture and lighting inside St James Church during Clerkenwell Design Week. Dixon collaborated with the church’s vicar Andrew Baughen, who saw the potential for the building to be used as a workspace by the residents of Clerkenwell. Inside the main congregation area, Dixon’s geometric curve lights were arranged in a grouping; their nickel silver coating contrasted with the brightly coloured stained glass window, and their punctured shades transmitted light as a filtered glow. STORY HH particularly liked the large lights suspended in the meeting room – they reminded us of amber droplets.
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK 2016: ISOMI
STORY HH was also drawn to ISOMI’s award winning reception furniture in brass, copper and hot rolled steel, showcased at Clerkenwell Design Week. ISOMI’s furniture demonstrates original British design coupled with unrivalled manufacturing capability; the Metal collection represents an exploration into the possibilities of a whole new family of materials for ISOMI.