Clerkenwell Design Week: Day Two Highlights

Martyn White

Posted on May 26 2016

It was another full day at Clerkenwell Design Week, packed with fantastic workshops, immersive designs and inspirational talks from Tom Dixon and Andrew Baughen just to name a few. As many of you will already know, I love everything Tom Dixon so when I discovered that he would be talking at his exhibition "The Church" I picked up my bags and immediately made my way to the event.

Tom Dixon The Church Clerkenwell Design Week 2016Tom Dixon Curve pendant ball chandelier in the church

Dixon's exhibitions are famed for being captivating experiences, connecting design with nature, spirituality and history, all within picturesque surroundings that allow you to pause and appreciate the story behind each design. Discussing his history, development and passion for design, the talk was both informative and humorous. Andrew Baughen, the vicar of the church continued the talk, expanding on the idea of spirituality within design, referencing the true meaning of legacy and stories that design creates. 

Stained glass window St james church clerkenwellTom Dixon London luxury industrial pendant lighting

The centrepiece to the church is a magnificent chandelier containing nineteen individual curve pendant ball lights in different sizes suspended at different levels. There is a beautiful movement to the design and it is mesmerising to see the chandelier slowly spin and move directions. Other sections of the church have also been furnished with items from the Tom Dixon collection including wing back chairs and copper accessories to create relaxing meeting spaces, Y-chairs and screw tables for working spaces and even a central pylon dining table for meetings and events.

Stained glass window as a backdrop to Tom Dixon's chandelier

Everyone's favorite Baker Street Boys have been exhibiting their latest collection of mix and match innovative furniture designs at the House of Detention this week. These brilliant designs use a combination of beautiful materials such as black and white marble, luxurious woods and metals that can be mixed and matched to create a custom look. Click HERE if you would like to find out more from the Baker Street Boys. 

Baker Street Boys furniture at The House of Detention Clerkenwell Design Week

What I love about the design week is that you can spend the entire day wondering around, discovering showrooms and displays nestled within the winding streets of Clerkenwell or you can plan your day via the exhibition route. No matter how much time you have, there is something that you can do, designers to see and workshops to take part in. My favorite wondering discovery had to be the Museum of the order of St John. I have passed this very intriguing building on several occasions but it was the CDW2016 sign outside that finally fueled my curiosity to walk in and discover more. Detail plays host to fine craftsmanship and high glamour brands including a personal favourite, Poliform with their stunning lounge chairs! 

Exhibitions at Clerkenwell Design WeekWhite Cube metal structure art work on display at Clerkenwell Design Week

With another exciting day of design discovery down, I look forward to what the third and final day of this years design week has to offer. If you are planning on visiting Clerkenwell and want to see what is on offer, click HERE to view the official website. Do not forget to check out the interactive map to see just how many workshops and showrooms are taking part in this year's exciting design event. 

 





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