Clerkenwell Design Week 2017
Wow. Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) held its 8th annual festival between the 23rd and 25th May this year, and what a week it was. Now boasting a total of 250 exhibitors across 90 showrooms, the level of quality design on display was utterly outstanding. The Print on Paper team were fortunate enough to be given the hottest May weather since 1944 as temperatures soared in the capital. This was even more of a reason for everyone to be in fantastic spirits, and the nearby bars and restaurants were abuzz during the evenings. Check out our pictures below, including sleek furniture, impeccable showroom views, and a trip to none other than London’s very own Fabric nightclub…
First up? Tiles! Lots of them! Surfaces were a large part of Design Week, and emphasis was placed by exhibitors on a full sensory experience. In other words, the feel of the surfaces is given as much important as the way they look. Indeed, with some tiles, you were even asked to pay attention to the sound your fingertips made when brushed against them. We have a similar philosophy about our products!
With many design professionals in attendance, there was a huge array of modern office furniture to look at. From the innovative ‘low-noise booths’ coming complete with iPhone chargers, right up the totally bizarre. Yes, there was a chair shaped like a didgeridoo.
Of course, furniture innovation doesn’t just belong in the workplace. There was a cornucopia of home furnishing ideas on display – many trying to capture the unique Danish idea of ‘hygge’. That term, if you hadn’t heard, is roughly translated as ‘cosiness’, and is more of an emotion than a physical state. With a blend of the Danish hygge and the Chinese feng shui, the feelings evoked by furniture arrangement and positioning were top of the agenda this week.
Combining the old and the new was also a central focus of CDW. Celebrating the old architectural and design ideas, which permeate right through today’s innovation. Designs which can stand the test of time are equally as impressive as designs which, today, make your jaw drop. We couldn’t help but think how fantastic these designs would look in one of our broadsheets!
Fabric… But not as you may know it
Known for its world-class interior design, Fabric is almost a religious building for many Londoners. But during Design Week, it took on a slightly different form. Fabric housed Icon magazine‘s House of Culture exhibition (sponsored by Bang & Olufsen), featuring exhibitors such as EBB & FLOW, Haberdashery, and Copenhagen’s NOR11 – to name but three. The results were truly scintillating.
That’s it! Wrapping up another fantastic year, it was a great pleasure to attend. Partnerships were made, talks were attended, and showrooms were very much admired. Roll on 2018!
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