Studio Weave has designed a pavilion to host ‘artisan workers’ during Clerkenwell Design Week in May.
Entitled ‘Smith’, the pavilion will sit opposite St John’s Gate from 20-22 May and will be used as a rotating workshop for artisans including bookmakers, coffeemakers and jewellery makers.
Je Ahn, director of Studio Weave said: ‘We decided to name the pavilion “Smith” as it represents the people who make things – silversmiths, booksmiths, coppersmiths.
‘We are buildingsmiths, working with festivalsmiths to put this all together. Everybody is a smith of some kind.’
The structure will be constructed with Equitone fibre cement. The product, normally just used for cladding, will also make up the structural elements of the installation.
Ahn added: ‘We wanted to show how a material that has been around for over a century can still be tested in different ways.’
‘The form of the pavilion came with two aims; we made it triangular so it could support its own weight, and at the same time we wanted a shape which was characteristic of factories. The structure will be positioned directly opposite St John’s Gate so one side of the structure is lifted to respond to the original gate opposite.’
He added: ‘Clerkenwell has long history as a home to designer-makers. Clerkenwell Design Week is very much focused on big name products but we wanted to bring new generation of makers to the festival.’