Clerkenwell Design Week Festival 2014 – Design Factory

After exploring Platform on Wednesday evening, I decided to pop into another Clerkenwell Design Week venue to see what else was happening:

I stumbled on this installation (also part of the festival) on the way to the Design Factory..


Housed inside St John’s Gate, the Tile Mile is a collaboration between Turkish Ceramics and creatives russ + henshaw using tiles and mirrors to create an illusion:

It was quite busy so a bit hard to get a good photo of the illusion but here’s my best attempt:

And then I made my way to the Design Factory:

I was greeted by a cool ‘prismatic lanscape’ by Ptolemy Mann

The warehouse was a great venue choice for all of the contemporary lighting, furniture and accessories on show.

And I noticed that there was a bit of triangle love around too…

I was drawn to this desk for the triangles and the little bike and whilst I was taking this photo I got ‘triangled’?:

The lady from vitamin design stuck one of the ‘butterflies’ on my shoulder – thanks for that! On the next floor I found alcohol (finally!) and some beautifully designed brochures…

… colourful lights and swatch combinations…

…. an Paul Smith x Anglepoise collaboration…

…and some lovely geometric lamps from Arik Levy x Vibia and Bec Brittain x Roll & Hill :

If I’m honest the festival had been a little bit out of my comfort zone with all of the product design until I got to the next rooms:

A neon sign, letter press stamps, typography…

… mugs with letters, notebooks and type specs! Thanks for making me feel at home Monotype! (Also just wanted to point out that I noticed the mugs spelt Sara – thought you would appreciate that, Sara Foley!)

There was also some books and magazines from Magma – Elephant magazine is always beautifully designed:

Holly’s House displayed some cute accessories including some small 3D letters and also a giant H illuminated with lightbulbs (old school like seaside typography):

Having weaved my way around the warehouse, I stumbled across another venue which was home to this lovely neon sign by Ginger & Jagger:

… and also a wall made from pieces of coloured card. Cool!

Even though I was adventuring on my own that evening, I really enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere and work on display. It was primarily a festival for product and interior designers so not my usual crowd but since working at gp studio (specialising in brand strategy, retail architecture, interior, graphic and lighting design) my eyes have been opened to a new world of materials and technical terms.

It’s good to be aware of all aspects of design and take inspiration from them so even though there wasn’t a lot of ‘Graphic Design’, I found a lot of interesting things which I wouldn’t usually have been looking at.

What was your experience of Clerkenwell Design Week Festival? Did you spot anything cool that I missed? Let me know!

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