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With Clerkenwell Design Week now over, we look back at some of this year’s favourite highlights and recount what was an incredible three day festival. Taking over the Clerkenwell area of London, venues this year included The House of Detention, Fabric, St James’ Church, St John’s square and pavilion. The calibre of designs, products and showrooms on display this year was magnificent – notably The Church by Tom Dixon where his unique curve chandelier was ceremonially installed in the main space, The GO chair by industrial designer Benjamin Hubert and not to forget, new for 2016, The British Collection (new venue), which celebrated home grown talent such as James Burleigh, Jennifer Newman, Hand & Eye Studio amongst many others.
This was a year for a lot of ‘firsts’ – Brewhouse Yard (off St John Street) worked as a gateway to the showrooms where there was a plethora of outdoor events and opportunities for meet and greet. With Wi-Fi freely available, this was the perfect ‘en route’ stop over for many to recharge and map out the rest of their Clerkenwell filled day. Also for the first time, the Clerkenwell team appointed an architectural practice, OMMX, to create a strategic masterplan. Starting from the Icon House of Culture at Fabric to Design Fields at Spa Fields, the aim was to design an informal route from south to north. This along with the beautiful bright abstract installations by Giles Miller, which acted as way-finding, the navigation to exhibitions and venues was certainly a hit this year.
Our press office was set up in the gorgeous Bourne & Hollingsworth and we transformed their back room into a press office for the duration of the design week. The relaxed atmosphere and unique interiors was the perfect backdrop to the bustling outdoors.
There was such a wealth of new spaces this year that visitors to the design week were truly spoilt, and we cannot wait to see what next year has in store!