Clerkenwell Design Week 2022: Highlights
Discover Clerkenwell Design Week 2022
Showrooms, launches and special installations to see at Clerkenwell Design Week 2022 (May 24-16, 2022)
Since its inception in 2009, Clerkenwell Design Week has grown into one of the UK’s leading independent design festivals. This year’s events (May 24-26, 2022) will see architects, designers and brands showcasing their best work and collaborating on design side events, pop-ups, workshops, talks and presentations from showroom. The borough of London comes alive for the three-day event, including showroom openings and furniture displays at key historic locations, including the Underground House of Detention (showcasing emerging designers and lighting listen)) and the crypt in St James’s Church (hosting the British Collection). With an eclectic mix of interiors, surfaces, accessories and product design shows, it can be overwhelming trying to map it all out on your own. Here, we’ve put together a roundup of select shows to get you started.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2022: Highlights
‘Ceramics: Endless Works of Art’ at Iris Ceramica Group
The two-day live performance of ceramic painting by Italian street artist Camilla Falsini will depict environments, sustainability and energy transition. The multi-faceted design work will be showcased at the “Ceramics: Neverending Artworks” exhibition and will be held at the Iris Ceramica Group flagship store until June 3, 2022. Organized by the non-profit organization Yourban 2030, the show examines the ability of art to incite collective growth and improve environmental awareness. Falsini’s show is inspired by the Memphis movement with its brightly colored graphic and asymmetrical patterns and actively involves the viewer in a joint performance while paying homage to some of the movement’s authors, some of whom will have works exhibited at the show.
Iris Ceramica Group flagship store, 61-67 Old Street
Benchmark launches a collection of workspaces
Photography: Petr Krejci
Benchmark’s solid wood additions to the “Victoria” collection are aware of a universal evolutionary approach to consumerism and the growing need for sustainable furniture manufacturing. The range carves, sands and splits American red oak and British grown ash into a modular workbench, folding meeting table, sit-stand desk and planter. Both woods are selected for their contribution to a more sustainable process and pleasing organic tones. Also on show at Benchmark is the ‘Migo’ stool, the versatile stool originally designed by Pascal Hein for Wallpaper and AHEC’s Discovered initiative, and recently established in the Design Museum’s permanent collection. Envisioned as a dynamic challenge to our perception of chairs and stools, it can be used in a variety of ways and is efficiently crafted from a single piece of red oak, making it a “model of sustainable design both in choice materials than in its streamlined design”. explains Benchmark co-founder Sean Sutcliffe.
British Collection in St James Crypt, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA
Color Rush by Lothar Götz at VitrA
Photography: Studio Foxall
The immersive installation “Colour Rush” by German artist Lothar Götz will be presented in the London showroom of bathroom brand VitrA. The artwork uses light, color and geometry to present space and will combine with discussions from industry professionals to provide insight into the psychology of color in design and art . The lineup includes Götz, Rhonda Drakeford and design director Erdem Akan. Alongside the talks, a self-service virtual reality experience will allow viewers to explore immersive bathroom spaces.
VitrA London Showroom, Turnmill building, 64 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5RR
Alfredo Häberli at Moroso
Photography: Alessandro Paderni
Moroso’s latest products will be showcased alongside the “Taba” collection, made by Swiss-Argentinian designer Alfredo Häberli in collaboration with the Italian company. In formulating the collection, Häberli “played with the precision of line and the poetics of organic language” to create a series of asymmetrical poufs, armchairs, a bench and a sofa. The graphic structures of the sofa are based on elements from an Argentinian childhood game, the shapes were then developed to bring comfort and conviviality to the forefront of the design. Moroso’s newest products at the show will be the ‘get lucky’ and ‘ruff’ chairs, which encompass ‘poetry and art’, as well as the ‘Frame-shift’ modular bookcase and ‘Cloudscape’ series of sofas. Products from the ‘Taba’ collection and the Moroso range intersect in a moment of versatile comfort and simplicity in their adaptability and reduced functionality.
7-15 Rosebery Avenue – London – EC1R 4SP
Revo Collection by Pearson Lloyd for Profim
In addition to the long list of brands innovating in the age of sustainability, Polish office furniture company Profim is demonstrating a circular economy with the launch of ‘Revo’. Rounded contours and soft colors characterize this distinctive range of sofas, benches, screens and stools. Extensive modular configurations facilitate highly differentiated work environments. In striving to create a circular economy, Profim turned to recycled expanded propylene, thereby reducing the weight and therefore the carbon footprint of the production and transport of ‘Revo’. Furniture components are easily deconstructed, allowing them to be placed back into a conscious manufacturing cycle. Versatile textiles mimic natural fibers that come from two sources – one from recycled consumer plastic and the other from reclaimed marine plastics. Pearson Lloyd’s collection is a significant step towards rugged durability, with thoughtful visual design remaining prominent.
Flokk Showroom, 63 Central Street, London EC1V 3AF
Meditation at Ultrafabrics
Ultrafabrics highlights the ability of color to induce serenity with stylist Despina Williams through a reintegration of white hues into the home. Their Hush range of fabrics will cover 13 new whites and off-whites with improved options for stain resistance, antimicrobial protection or UV endurance. Bringing sensory experiences to the forefront of their showcase, Ultrafabrics will host a series of multi-sensory and holistic events, encouraging viewers to take a quiet moment and experience the tranquil environment. Throughout the week, a guided meditation, herbal tea blend and talks by industry professionals will explore the importance of engaging our senses through art and design.
6 Northburgh Street, EC1V 0AY