With so much to see and explore, visit Clerkenwell Design Week for an epic mix of letterpress, printing, furniture, homeware, architecture, fabrication and interior design. Here are a few things I liked the most:
Vitra have a fantastic exhibition called ‘Tailor My Tom Vac’ open until the 22nd May 2014, with 20 responses from different architecture and design studios exploring the same brief: ‘to explore both novelty and memory in design, art and architecture.’ Each response to re-designing the Tom Vac chair was a wonderful surreal creation with each chair becoming an individual piece of art that you could play with! Vitra’s playful and creative space is an eclectic mix of eccentric chairs, floating illuminated clouds and a secret garden and is well worth visiting before Clerkenwell Design Week ends. You can find Vitra on Clerkenwell Road
InHouse are a fantastic fabrication service that helps customers develop and produce their three dimensional dreams from concept to completion through laser cutting and 3d printing. Both guys were lovely to talk to and if you like the idea of seeing different examples of prototyping and products (complete with 3d printer!) then visit them on Berry Street.
Amongst the gadgets was a fantastic return to old craftsmanship with an interactive letterpress exhibition. Harrington & Squires Letterpress produce beautifully printed tactile prints using a press and good old fashioned moveable type, and were incredibly friendly and enthusiastic about their craft. As they were only exhibiting for one day you can find them at their studio at 136a Fortress Road NW5 2HP.
La Fabbrica produce stylish and beautiful porcelain tiles with embossed patterns and digitally printed designs with marble motifs directly printed onto the porcelain. The tiles were beautifully crafted and unique in their manufacturing process and you can visit them at the Detail exhibition in St. John’s Square.
If you would like to see some wonderful products and speak to the designers who made them, then pop along to the crypt and immerse yourself in interesting mix jewellery and homeware products.
For more information about Clerkenwell Design Week visit http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/ and register to access the different showrooms and exhibitions. It is open from 20th -22nd May 2014 and is spread out, so be sure to grab a map and explore all the little roads in Clerkenwell.