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Clerkenwell Design Week 2015- 05.21.15

cdwmain.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw!

I always love visiting Clerkenwell Design Week and discovering design on my own doorstep here in East London. This year was no exception. The show has certainly grown since 2011 with new venues and exhibitors. See a few of the beautiful pieces and displays that caught our eye from CDW2015 on the next page!

The characteristic pink flags are dotted throughout the streets, highlighting just how many showrooms are located in the area. This year they are accompanied by lovely illustrations by Stephen Cheetham such as this one located outside the always stunning Farmiloe building.


Also outside Farmiloe was this beautiful installations of mirror and tile, which appear white from one side, mirrored from directly opposite and a beautiful myriad of colors from the other side. The installation, called Verve was commissioned by Johnson Tiles.



This year the center stage at Farmiloe was taken by concept cars from Renault.


Wall or carpet from Baux with lamps from Orsjo. cdw23.jpg

A collection of creative brains from the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA). cdw24.jpg

Geometric paneling from Abstracta. cdw25.jpg

Beautiful concrete samples from Concreta LCDA. cdw26.jpg

An adorable coin token business card from We are Dorothy whose prints are gorgeous.


The pick-and-mix displays from Dyke and Dean are always fun! cdw27.jpg

Beautiful terrariums from The Urban Botanist in a sunny window of the Farmiloe Building.



Minimalist elegance from Pinch. cdw28.jpg

Loved the Leica design showcase this year! cdw29.jpg

Just outside the Order of St. John was another fun installation, a colorful structure by that look stunning in the sunshine, created by Cousins & Cousins. The Glaze Pavilion, a Murano inspired pavilion created in collaboration with Gx Glass.



The cloister garden of the Order of St. John was transformed into a showcase for outdoor furniture from Cane Line and pop-up champagne bar from Champagne Jacquart.



Furniture meets art in The Invisible Store of [happiness], a collaboration between Laura Ellena Bacon and Sebastian Cox, made from American Maple and American Cherry woods. Beautiful bent wood detailing.


Inside Icon’s House of Culture, the Lekk installation from Uncommon Land.


I loved these geometric ceramic hanging planters with vegetable leather straps from Geo Fleur.


The gorgeous Molly of Discover and Deliver reminded me of our Bucky as she happily greeted visitors.


The Plantation by Alica Patanowska, a recent RCA grad . The porcelain pieces fit into ordinary lasses abandoned on the streets of London, transforming them into unique planters that allow you to watch the plants grow both above and below the surface.


The PREN lighting collection, a series of handmade lamps woven from translucent thin sheets of maple wood by Louise Tucker.


Eerie forms of lamps from LLLL in the crypt of the House of Detention.


Ambrose Vevers. cdw19.jpg

Geometric Table from Shards Bespoke. cdw20.jpg

Fun presentation of faucets from Antonio Frattini. cdw21.jpg

Love these new robot lamps from Matt Pugh. cdw22.jpg

While the rest of the show saw some rain and hail, as always for me, it was largely a sunny day at Clerkenwell! cdw30.jpg

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