Clerkenwell Design Week
Clerkenwell Design Week, on the hottest week of Spring? Yes please!
Clerkenwell design week took place on the 23rd-25th May. With more than 200 international brands housed within seven exhibition venues and more than 90 show rooms, the festival is now well and truly established as one of the most important events on the global design calendar. So you could probably imagine how excited we all were here at the studio to go out and see what amazing designs were being exhibited, as we all took turns to stroll through the strip where it was all happening (whilst soaking up as much sun as we could).
We wanted to share a few of our faves with you guys!
1. Project (Venue address: Garden of St James, St James Walk, EC1R 0EA)
Set in the beautiful grounds of St James Church, Project brought together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe. This was our favourite exhibition with an indoor and out door exhibition we came across so many different brands and designs we left feeling very inspired.
Out in the garden we stumbled across the Tiipii bed. The TiiPii Bed is a luxurious portable floating bed or ‘hammock’ that provides a unique relaxing space for friends, family and children. When not in use, it packs right back down into a canvas carry bag so it can be taken absolutely anywhere… Truly embodying the essence to that of a nomadic teepee.
Whilst exploring the inside of project Titian touch had caught our eye.
Enhance your space with any colour you desire. Titian Touch promises the end of dull light switches. Launching at Clerkenwell, Titian Touch offers beautiful touch plates, in an array of designs and materials.
Platform (Venue address: House of Detention, 12 Sans Walk, EC1R 0AS)
We then moved on to the the next exhibition, Platform.
CDW made a return to the subterranean House of Detention, to introduce Platform, a show that recognises some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent.
David Hughes work was so bold and bright and quite unusual, this really caught our eye. Being one of the UK's leading lego artists, Hughes uses the humble, basic, recognisable LEGO brick and through his careful and meticulous designs to create colourful, fun and beautiful mosaics and sculptures. His work engages with people because it appeals to all of us who played with LEGO as children whilst, at the same time, exploring grown-up ideas of contemporary design.
Fun Fact: Hidden beneath the streets of Clerkenwell lay the remains of a once-feared institution of punishment. The Clerkenwell House of Detention has been a prison since 1617. The current vaults date from the Victorian prison of 1845... Spooky However it was the perfect venue for the Platform exhibit, the venue created a sense of mystery with layout and it still has barred windows, yikes!
Casala (Venue Address 5 Albemarle Way
Casala has been a specialist manufacturer of contract furniture for 100 years. Its products distinguish themselves through exceptional functionality and innovative design. Up on the 5th floor with a beautiful terrace on such an amazingly sunny day we couldn't help but to have a mini photoshoot and update all our social media pages both work and personal with picture of the amazing view, did somebody say photo opp? Haha
-All the jewellery featured in this blog is from our collection and all the pieces are available to purchase or preorder on our website www.ejingzhang.com!
Clerkenwell design week was amazing as usual, offering so many showrooms and exhibitions all in walking distance from each other. If you missed out the year, put it in your calendar for 2018! We all really recommend it!