Clerkenwell Design Week: A Review

8th June 2017

Last week, under a brilliant blue sky on what was one of the hottest days of the year so far, we checked out the delights the eighth annual Clerkenwell Design Week had to offer – and we weren’t disappointed.

‘Order’ exhibit by Aldworth James & Bond constructed entirely out of solid surface Corian

Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and every year and all but takes over the EC1 district with its eclectic mix of design-led exhibitions spilling out into the streets. Over the course of three days this year’s festival attracted 250 exhibitors including many world class suppliers to the commercial interior design world plus more than 35,000 visitors.

The fascinating ‘Order’ exhibit at St John’s Gate by creative build specialists, Aldworth James & Bond, which is based on the octagonal form inspired by the Cross of St John, was constructed entirely out of solid surface Corian and perfectly demonstrates its versatility. While ‘The Bolt’, a collaboration between Detroit based manufacturer Shinola and London materials composer Giles Miller, was designed to be a celebration of handcrafted skills, materials and products, themed around Shinola’s iconic motif and assembled in Miller’s signature style.

The team from Arpa Industriale were also at the festival to show off the new metallic effect and six new colours in the FENIX NTM range, which caught our eye. We’ll be looking to add these to our Alto FENIX toilet cubicle range, which is currently available in 15 different colours.

It was fascinating to see different uses for materials and get a glimpse of some of tomorrow’s interior design trends and we certainly came back full of ideas!