Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

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We’ve been out following the Clerkenwell Design Week trail.

We’ve just got back into the studio, after a great tour around the new CDW installations and shows. We’re feeling inspired after feeding our souls and seeing the latest creations from designer makers.

CDW is well worth a visit. Different from previous years, with large tents dotted throughout the trail instead of the large warehouse on St John’s Street. Some great inspirational designs and innovations – including idea paint, easy to write and draw onto and wipes down easily. Would be great to get this on our studio walls!

The ‘Museum of Making’ got our attention, we rolled up our sleeves and got involved hammering discs and creating masterpieces. Also, great to see sustainable design thinking promoted through Thomas Matthews’ work.


Lots of simple and effective detailing on deVol and Sebastian Cox’s kitchen furniture. We particularly like the brass door finger inserts and sinks – really nice, very tactile and great craftsmanship.


We are all inspired by designer makers. The passion and honesty shows in their work, humbling when you go back into the studio, however, it lights a fire in your imagination.

Teal colour shades are being used across both furniture, textiles, products and sculptures. Great for highlighting details, or drawing the eye to specific areas… love this colour.


“I was drawn to the 70’s inspired colours and simplicity of the laminates used on James Burliegh’s plywood tables and Morfus’ shelving systems in the British Design exhibition” said our Team Victoria Designer, Jenny.

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Tom Dixon’s ‘The Church’ showcased his latest and his most established ranges of furniture, lighting, and products – using his signature use of copper finishes and materials. It was interesting to see and hear Tom, as he led enthusiastic visitors through his collection.

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Down in the prison cells at the ‘Platform Exhibition’ we saw good quirky lights by Jam Jar Lights. The texture of the bricks and dark, damp surroundings really make the clean designs stand out.

Use of VR on the ‘Proof’ stand was the perfect way to experience their furniture. This really brought everything to life. We loved the infographics and clear messaging.


With sore feet and heads full of new ideas we grabbed a beer at the end of the day and flicked through all the photos we had gathered. We will pull together our thoughts and share our take on the latest trends and directions from the show soon!

Watch this space…

Posted 06-05-16