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Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 – how was it for you?

We asked five emerging designers at the House of Detention how Clerkenwell Design Week had gone for them

Stephanie Down, Kristjana S Williams Studio

We chose to exhibit at Clerkenwell Design Week as we love the area and we thought that visitors coming to the festival would appreciate the aesthetic of our work. The festival has been really fun and exciting with a good energy to it. We have met lots of buyers, including some big ones who seemed really interested in our work.

Hjartar Tre by Kristjana S Williams Studio

Hjartar Tre by Kristjana S Williams Studio

 

Regina Heinz, CeramicArt

This was our first time at Clerkenwell Design Week. We came as the festival has a good reputation, and as we deal in architectural ceramics, much of our target audience is here at Clerkenwell.

Our time here has been good – we’ve made lots of contacts, with lots of possibilities for collaborations. The people exhibiting here come from a similar background to us, and the show now has a good reputation for new designers.

Flow by CeramicArt

Flow by CeramicArt

 

Philipp Aduatz

I decided to exhibit at Clerkenwell this year as the media coverage of the event in past years has been good. We have no real presence in the UK, and I am trying to find galleries or stockists for my work.

The only other UK festival I have exhibited at so far is Tent London, and while that festival feels like more of a trade show, Clerkenwell Design Week is more focused on designers. It’s still too early to say what will come of our time at Clerkenwell this year, but we have had a lot of interest, as well as coverage in the Evening Standard and other publications.

Fauteuil II by Philipp Aduatz

Fauteuil II by Philipp Aduatz

 

Massimo Buster Minale, Buster + Punch

We had already signed up for 100% Design, but wanted to preview our work in an appropriate setting beforehand. The visitors have been a good mix of architects, designers and students, while at other festivals visitors tend to be mostly trade-related. We also met stockists from New York and Paris, as well as a few people working in fashion who were interested in our work.

Hooked 1.0 by Buster + Punch

Hooked 1.0 by Buster + Punch

 

Camilla Carter, Camilla Webb Carter

I chose to exhibit at Clerkenwell as the festival looked independent and quite quirky, not like many run-of-the-mill design shows. I liked the different venues, and the chance to meet other interesting designers at the House of Detention.

I was especially keen to meet architects and interior designers, as they are most likely to buy my work. So far there has been a lot of interest, and good feedback.

Pyramid tiles by Camilla Webb Carter

Pyramid tiles by Camilla Webb Carter

se to exhibit at Clerkenwell as the festival looked independent and quite quirky, not like many run-of-the-mill design shows. I liked the different venues, and the chance to meet other interesting designers at the House of Detention.

I was especially keen to meet architects and interior designers, as they are most likely to buy my work. So far there has been a lot of interest, and good feedback.

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