Clerkenwell Design Week: A celebration of design & innovation

Clerkenwell Design Week was a spectacular event showcasing the latest trends in art, design and technology. It was great to see some new products and concepts that are paving the way for future workspaces and will provide new inspiration for our designers in their work.

Upon the arrival to Clerkenwell, the most eyecatching was specially-commissioned installation by British artist, Steve Messam, who is well-known for his large-scale, inflatable artwork reimagining our everyday surroundings.
One of the pieces was titled Gateway, and was constructed from 27 hand-sewn giant blue spikes. It forms part of Messam’s ongoing art series taking over historic architectural sites – and inviting the public to examine their environment in a new light, through its deliberately ambiguous shape and size. It certainly got people talking.

Over the 3 days of the event, more than 100 exhibitors participated in showcasing their latest designs. The event’s main theme was sustainability, and numerous displays highlighted the importance of eco-friendly and ethical design processes across various industry sectors.

Spacestor showcased its modular design solution created in collaboration with Gensler. Their product range, Arcadia, is dedicated to creating new landscapes with lighting and open space. They pushed sustainability by prototyping mycelium as a new material to provide acoustic elements to their palisades collection, along with new finishes in the ever-evolving space of room dividers.

One of our favourite showrooms was Lintex. Their showroom was design in a style of a gallery to showcase their whiteboards, magnetic boards and other writing surfaces. Lintex has consistently curated a remarkable portfolio of a number of finishes, colours and sizes. The detailing on their product is second to none. Would you ever imagine that a whiteboard could be beautiful?

One of the companies that hit top marks for sustainability and design was Mater Design – their new range of Eternity chairs is made by using an innovative technology, allowing to recycle fiber-based waste material with recycled plastic waste. The chair itself is very comfortable, with industrial and sculptural features. Eternity is designed for disassembly, meaning that the design allows each component in its purest form to recycle into new production circles.

This Clerkenwell Design Week, Solus Ceramics excelled in the number of panel talks and workshops. There was live music and learning sessions, including a terrarium workshop, where you could create your own masterpiece. Upon arrival to their showroom, you were greeted by a beautiful installation called Cloud to Cloud. The centrepiece was designed in collaboration between Iris Ceramica Group and Architects Szczepaniak Teh, and explores the water cycle, its importance and our dependence on it.

Every year at Clerkenwell Design Week, the hospitality of every showroom is out of this world, and this year was no exception. We had a great time while learning and absorbing all the creativity around us.