Clerkenwell Design Week is probably the most relaxing of all the design events in London. It feels more organic and little slower than the rest. As you wander out of Farringdon station and over to the heart of Clerkenwell you feel a slight wave of calm wash over you.
It’s probably something to do with the heavily pedestrianised areas, and almost definitely the abundance of trees, but it’s also the sense you get that this village-like area of central London is the urban heart of craftsmanship and design in its purest form.
Here at Decorum we are big fans of Sebastian Cox. We couldn’t wait to see his and Laura Ellen Bacon’s ‘Invisible Store of Happiness’. I made it one of my first stops upon my arrival and was overwhelmed by the scale of the final object.
Each component had been individually handcrafted and the intricate placement of these pieces formed a stunning aesthetic that perfectly complemented the story behind it.
Although not always a fan of conceptual design pieces, the simplicity and beauty of this one really drew me in.
ICON magazine played host to a range of luxury design brands at the ICON House of Culture. When I arrived (sheltering from the intermittent rain and hail) I fell head over heels in love with the venue. I’ve seen The Old Sessions House from the outside before, but to explore the undone interior and revel in the unmanaged décor was quite the experience.
Now under new, creative ownership, I’m curious to see how this beautiful building will be presented to future generations.
It’s no secret that I have a bit of an obsession with Scandinavian design. GUBI are one of my favourites. I wasn’t at all surprised to see a diverse collection of new and existing products in a range of finishes that you can’t tear your eyes away from.
What did surprise me, in an entirely pleasant manner, was how well this incredibly contemporary brand (albeit featuring some original, older designs) suited ICON’s chosen venue. The luxurious velvets and marbles elegantly offset the plaster walls, creating a unique visual attraction in a sea of contract furniture showrooms.
Over 70 years after their creation, the two brands have revived a range of office furniture pieces designed by Jean Prouvé. The project was initially commissioned to furnish G-Star’s HQ in Amsterdam, but it has translated beautifully into a signature product line. This is the sort of organic collaboration I can actually connect with on a creative level.
Once again, I walked away from Clerkwenwell with questions, opinions and wish-lists of products. In my opinion, that’s how design events should always leave you.