CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK _ On May 21, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) began its fourth successful edition: over 250 showrooms, studios, galleries, workshops and exhibition venues opened their doors to learn the latest industry trends, innovations and product launches. After its inauguration as a venue in 2011, CDW will be returning to The House of Detention, EC1's subterranean Victorian prison in 2013: a stunning backdrop for an exhibition of international and cutting-edge design. The exhibition will showcase some of the world's most exciting up-and-coming design talent.
As part of Clerkenwell Design Week, Alexander Mueller - an Austrian born furniture designer and maker - will be showing his solo exhibition: Woven Easy. Woven Easy Series explores geometric lines and movement in furniture that create a sculptural look combined with functionality. The interwoven strings in the design illuminate the lines and heighten functionality or contribute to an overall atmosphere.
Fred&Juul ’s design philosophy is aimed at sustainability and contrasting the throw-away society by creating long-lasting pieces, skillfully handcrafted in Tuscany in durable materials like iron, brass and solid oak. Their design approach is rooted in their Italian and Dutch backgrounds and driven by emotion: a design should be admired and a joy to have around. Wooden parts of the designs are created by highly skilled woodworkers, iron parts by decades-expierenced blacksmiths, glass is blown by fourth-generation glassblowers and soon.
Freyja Sewell 's work has an inherent sustainability. Often working with materials that are natural or biodegradable, she takes an experimental approach to product development. Her long term aim is to reduce consumption by making sustainable, long-lasting products which are available on the mass market – and at an affordable price. She presents Hush, a private space with-in a publicworld, constructed from industrial wool felt. By creating an enclosed space it provides a personal retreat, a luxurious escape into a dark, hushed, natural space in the midst of a busy hotel, airport, office or library.
James Tattersall produces furniture from his London based workshop. He combines modern manufacturing techniques with making skills that have been in use for generations. His ethos has been to create objects that are playful yet functional, approaching design through the process of making and the Integrity of the material at hand.
Vienna based Designer Philipp Aduatz creates limited edition functional objects that are highly sculptural in nature. Working with innovative materials and fabrication technologies, Aduatz is very much influenced by scientific matters such as chemistry, physics and material technologies. His process combines traditional craft concepts and techniques with cutting edge implements such as 3D laser scanning, CNC milling, and Rapid Prototyping. He aims to develop a new language of form in each of his pieces, encouraging a new discourse between the object and its user or viewer.
Regina Heinz presents a striking new collection of curved tiles and wall pieces – created for the world of interior design – as a distillation of her work as an artist. At Clerkenwell Design Week she is showing a large scale installation of her new range "Cityscape", inspired by perspective and modern architecture.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2013
May 21 – 23 , 2013
House of Detention | Sans Walk Clerkenwell, London
Credits: Photos by Clerken Design Week