Perhaps most notable this year at the Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 was the barn-like structure in the centre of Clerkenwell, designed by the Swedish firm White Arkitekter.
The versatile and open space was dedicated to the area’s creative past and present. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.
White Arkitekter managed cleverly to showcase Scandinavian heritage while providing an insight into Clerkenwell’s history. The building was based on the shape of a deconstructed Swedish barn. With a series of multicoloured flat-pack panels, all chosen to reflect the colours of surrounding building, the barn looked like a natural part of Clerkenwell.
Throughout the three-day Clerkenwell Design Week the pavilion hosted several workshops, dedicated to the art of making, hence the name ‘Museum of Making’.
We were also quite taken by the tile art, displayed along the exhibition route. Working with the concept of ‘wayfinding’, Giles Miller Studio had produced a series of large scale abstract signage sculptures which got a lot of attention. The lighting this year really stood out too. And, perhaps more than ever, art and design meets, it’s a focus on texture and craftsmanship. In collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood, FleaFolly Architects have designed and created ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate.
Without going into too much detail… we would like to take you along the Clerkenwell Design Week exhibition route, in pictures.
We also met up with this lovely lady – Pianna from Hyggen a UK agency for many lovely Scandinavian brands, such as The Organic Company. Isn’t her ‘IT MATTERS’ tote bag really cool?
Hope this gave a small glimpse of what took place this week. Obviously, this is a trade show, more than anything else, with established and emerging brand showcasing their news to potential buyers. Hopefully, some of what we discovered will be in stores for 2017!