At the end of May, I visited the Clerkenwell Design Week 2016. If you’ve never been, it’s a cool event that’s hosted throughout London’s Clerkenwell, that celebrates all the latest design trends and products. From awesome art work and sculptures, through to botanical patterns, industrial pendant lights, and copper accessories, here are my top finds from the 2016 event.
Walking around the show, myself and Louisa Charlotte (Walls and Floors’ exclusive designer), noticed lots of warm, stylish copper pieces. From tables and pendant lights, through to ornaments and accessories.
The industrial trend is still going strong, and Clerkenwell Design Week confirms this with it’s vast selection of cool concrete surfaces (which are alive with characterful texture) and factory-esque pendant lighting.
That’s not the only trend that’s still going from strength to strength. With lots of potted plants and tropical prints dotted in displays throughout the event, the botanical trend is still a noteworthy interior design element.
Often appearing in the likes of Ideal Home and Good Homes Magazine, I knew that cork was another rising trend. Again, it appeared throughout the Clerkenwell event – although mostly in funky accessories, such as tabletops.
With it’s characterful veining, I’ve found that marble has always been a popular and sought after material. At Clerkenwell Design Week, I noticed that it had been used in various accessories. I loved the look of this marble fruit bowl!
Here’s an eye-catching chopping board, where marble slabs inter-lock with wooden counterparts.
Although most of the event took place indoors, there were lots of open-air curiosities to examine, too! I loved this cluster of gothic birdhouses that decorated the side of a tree…
A big trend lately when it comes to garden design is the idea of re-purposing old wooden pallets. They’re often used to create benches and mud kitchens. But, as the below structure shows, they’re also great building blocks for when you’re feeling that little bit more creative!
If your feet started to get a little sore whilst walking around the event, you could sat a seat in this fab wooden sculpture! It has a bench running around the inside of it.
And if you tired of walking from place to place, you could catch a free ride in one of these pint-sized Renault Twizys!
Also dotted around outside were these fab art displays, using tiles. The designer had built a large wooden frame with poles running down its face. He’d cut angled slots into the poles, and into these he’d fitted glass tiles. The finished effect? A stunning, textured, undulating piece of art. Order some frost-proof porcelain tiles and have a go at making your own garden tile sculptures!
Major design house Tom Dixon sponsored ‘The Church’. Yes, it’s an actual church! Their gorgeous, high-end products featured throughout.
This Tom Dixon ‘copper melt’ pendant really catches the eye. It looks like red-hot, molten lava.
Louisa loved the church’s gorgeous herringbone floor!
My favourite part of the show took place underground, in the remains of the Clerkenwell House of Detention – an old prison that dates way back to the 1600′s. Each exhibitor had their own cell (bars open, of course). The prison mostly played host to lighting, as they really show up well in the gloomy cells.
One artist down in the cells had made really impressive sculptures and lamps from mechanical parts.
There’s a great story behind this piece! It’s from Claire Potter Design, and it’s called the ‘Ghost gear chandelier’. It’s to remind us that 8 million pieces of litter wind up in the oceans every day. This results in the death of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 mammals through ingestion and entanglement. The baubles that hang from the chandelier below are filled with shredded netting. They’re arranged in a formation reminiscent of the ‘bubble netting’ feeding behaviour of the humpback whale, whereby the whale releases bubbles underwater, to surge schools of fish up towards the surface, where it can swallow them down.
One for fans of a galaxy far, far away! A stormtrooper helmet made from multi-coloured sequins.
Overall, the Clerkenwell Design Week is a brilliantly varied show, with lots to look at, and something to cater for everyone’s taste. So I thoroughly recommend attending in 2017!
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