Preview: Clerkenwell Design Week 2014
Clerkenwell’s design festival returns for its fifth year
Clerkenwell Design Week has added another interesting location to its stable of unique exhibition spaces: this year The Crypt of St James’ Church in London’s Clerkenwell Green will play host to a curated display of home accessories, where the likes of Toghal, Urbanara and Hend Krichen have signed up to exhibit their wares.
But the heart of the festival remains at the Farmiloe Building, where the bigger brands set up stall for the week and the festival’s programme of talks take place, which this year includes names such as Sir Peter Cook, Ron Arad and Arik Levy.
While all manner of furniture products will be on show at the Farmiloe Building, the top floor will be devoted to lighting products by brands such as Vibia, ModoLuce and Holloways of Ludlow. This is also where Anglepoise will launch its new Type75 Maxi collection, designed by Sir Kenneth Grange.
New and emerging designers can be found in the atmospheric setting of The House of Detention, a former Victorian prison just north of Clerkenwell Green, while key works by the Campana brothers will form the focus of the exhibition at the Priory Church of the Order of St John, which centres on products from the luxury end of the market. Exhibiting alongside them will be Christopher Jenner, who has designed a bathroom furniture collection for Drummonds that has been made using cast iron, enamelling and carpentry.
A number of outdoor projects have also been commissioned – a collaboration between Russ + Henshaw and Turkishceramics will see an installation of tiles at St John’s Gate, creating a colourful ‘mini-crypt’ that will seem to extend forever through the use of infinity mirrors, while Studio Weave is working on a pop-up artisan workshop opposite.
Finally, a selection of designers and architects will be restyling Ron Arad’s iconic Tom Vac chair, with the final piece unveiled during the festival at Vitra, one of more than 50 showrooms that are organising their own events during the design week.