Four key exhibition spaces form the epicentre of Clerkenwell Design Week, and occupy some of the area’s most beautiful and historic buildings.
The Design Factory at the Farmiloe Building hosts leading international furniture and lighting brands; Platform at the House of Detention presents up-and-coming design talent; Detail at The Order of St John features big names from the luxury market; and Additions at the Crypt on the Green is dedicated to smaller design items and accessories. Here’s a few you should check out.
At The Design Factory, SCP is marking its 30th anniversary with the launch of SCP Classics, a new range of reissued products from the company archives. Konstantin Grcic has three designs in the collection, including the colourful height-adjustable Tam Tam and Tom Tom side tables (pictured), originally designed for the firm in 1991. It also features James Irvine’s Archiver shelving, updated by Studio Irvine, and Matthew Hilton’s Flipper table, designed in 1988.
Qubis founder Amy Whitworth first stretched her design legs when she converted a large 1930s Dutch cargo barge into a contemporary art gallery, which she ran for five years. Now a furniture and toy maker, she’ll be exhibiting her Flipp table at Platform at the House of Detention. It has a rotatable top surface that can be customised with different finishes or images, such as maps, photographs or logos, so as to offer two different identities or functions.
One floor of the Design Factory will again be devoted to lighting, with the likes of Artemide, Örsjö and Terence Woodgate exhibiting new products. Italian brand Occhio will be showing Lei (pictured) a natty little table lamp that has a variable aperture like a camera lens, hidden within its semi-transparent shade. The aperture size can be controlled by the user, adjusting the light output from a focused beam when open, to an ambient glow when shut.
Dutch brand Prooff will be showing four new products that offer a left-field approach to contemporary workplace furniture. Ben van Berkel has designed the #008 StandTable, which has three sections with different materials and surface heights, designed for short stints of stand-up working or meeting.
Slightly more curious are the #007 Offsize objects by Léon de Lange (pictured), designed to provide surfaces for people to sit or lean, but not for too long. Prooff will be exhibiting at The Design Factory.