Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 runs from May 24 to 26 in London. The acclaimed independent festival packs a full “design week” into a three-day whirlwind, for which the dozens of showrooms and creative studios in the district open their doors to celebrate all things design. Among the events, exhibitions and installations, you’ll find Benjamin Hubert’s new 3-D printed wheelchair, furniture from Barcelona Design and Vestre, and a pavilion by White Arkitekter. Here are our top 10 sights to take in.
1 Orlo by Another Brand
The London studio chose CDW to launch its new series of wall and table mirrors, designed by creative director Theo Williams. Available in seven sizes, each piece is made from solid oak in veneer or petroleum-blue stained oak, with a clear or tinted mirror in blue or amber options.
2 Go by Benjamin Hubert
Hubert and his London studio Layer will roll out Go, a 3-D printed wheelchair, during the festival. Their Clerkenwell exhibition will launch the made-to-measure mobility device, which was developed by research division LayerLAB, in collaboration with 3-D printing experts Materialise. After an individual user’s biometric data is mapped and imported to the printing software, the customized chair is printed and assembled.
3 Couture Armchair by BD Barcelona Design
The Spanish brand got a lot of attention in Milan for the Campana brothers’ coloured glass and wood Aquário cabinets. But these fashion-inspired seats by designers Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche will have their time in the spotlight at Clerkenwell. Made using a “wood tailoring” technique, the chairs’ upholstery and wood parts are sewn together with a heavy-duty sewing machine.
4 KUFcakes by Kia Utzon-Frank
Believe it or not, this pretty piece of sculpture is actually a delicious dessert. A thin layer of vanilla cake wraps a core of peanut-butter mousse, which is then covered in printed fondant and marzipan. The designer will show these wonders alongside other works, as well as presenting string sculpture and jewellery-making workshops, as part of Design Undefined, at the Keep.
5 Live demonstrations by Tree Couture
Known for her elegant contemporary furniture made from sustainable woods, Tree Couture founder Troo Heath-Crew will provide live demonstrations of her process by hand building her latest design for the festival audience. Watch her latest design, a modern reinterpretation of a 19th-century valet, come together from scratch.
6 My Town by Vestre Street Furniture
The Scandinavian outdoor furniture brand will provide a great place to pause and reflect amongst all the action. Its pop-up showroom at St John’s Square will install various pieces from this year’s My Town collection – including Kristine Five Melvær’s Pop benches (shown).
7 Installation at the Church by Tom Dixon
The British designer worked with the vicar at St. James Church, on Clerkenwell Green, to install a chandelier (from his new Materiality series), a co-working space, and a kitchen, which will allow the area’s creative community and daytime residents to use the church in new ways.
8 One Thing After Another by Sam Jacob Studio
Still best known as the co-founding director of FAT Architecture, Jacob will install this architectural version of a Russian matryoshka doll at Sto Werkstatt. The piece begins with a simple, stereotypical garden shed which has been 3-D scanned and then replicated. The original structure sits inside a larger, CNC-carved copy, sculpted from Verolith, a lightweight construction material made from volcanic stone. Mirrored walls inside the larger copy’s interior reflect the original shed, and the third, doll-scaled copy at its centre.
9 Colour Lounge by Vitra
Another chance to relax and recharge, Vitra’s Colour Lounge will preview Jasper Morrison’s newly launched Sofa Modular Sofa and Occasional Lounge Chair for the U.K. Alongside these comfy and colourful pieces are the variegated Polder sofas by Hella Jongerius and the whimsical, brightly hued Living Towers by Verner Panton.
10 Museum of Making Pavilion by White Arkitekter
The Swedish firm’s London office borrowed from its roots in devising this pavilion based on the traditional Scandinavian barn. Designed to bring people together, the open-yet-closed structure consists of fin-like segments cut from Equitone cladding panels. Between these fins, items drawn from the museum’s collection will be displayed in glass cabinets in order to highlight the area’s history of making and craft.
Clerkenwell Design Week runs May 24 to May 26, 2016.