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EXCITING COLLABORATIONS AT CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK
This May's Clerkenwell Design Week will showcase several exciting collaborations. CDW Presents comprises six specially commissioned public installations. For The Fringe, local businesses will be opening their doors, giving show visitors an opportunity to explore and learn more about the creativity surrounding them in Clerkenwell.
CDW Presents is a programme offering insight into design practices, innovative materials and products, temporary architecture and use of public space.
During Clerkenwell Design Week, St Johns Square is home to the Museum of Making. The responsibility of Contemporary Design curator Pete Collard, it features interesting artifacts from Clerkenwell's history as a centre for design, architecture and craftsmanship, provided by the Museum of London.
Housed inside a deconstructed Swedish barn, designed by White Arkitekter and sponsored by EQUITONE, the pavilion design combines vibrant coloured panels on one side to represent contemporary creativity and design, with muted tones on the opposite side to represent brickwork and history of craft and industry.
Within the archway of St Johns Gate, Hakfolly provides an area for rest and contemplation. It is the result of a collaboration between architects FleaFolly and sponsors Hakwood, who drew on the location's history as a monastry to create a 4.5m high temple of stacked timber.
Billboards by Giles Miller Studio, sponsored by British Ceramic Tile, created a series of installations that serve as a guide through CDW for visitors.
In the Garden of St James, Surface Matter & Loll Designs present Lollygagger Living, in collaboration with Ella Doran. This installation invites visitors to lollygag; 'to recline or lean in a relaxed or indolent manner'. The bright furniture within this installation was made using recycled milk jugs.
OMMX, the young team behind the CDW masterplan for 2016, is creating two 6m tall structures draped in tiers of layered fabric - one to serve as an entrance to the main venue, and the other as a shelter that also presents views across Design Fields.
Also in the Garden of St James is CDW's first education and community project. Future of Design aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in engineering, architecture and design. This project was made possible through workshops provided by a local collective of architects and engineers.
BDP's Urban Oasis
The Fringe comprises 25 partners, exhibitions, talks, workshops and installations, by way of local businesses opening their doors to the public.
Ash Sakula Architects is hosting events offering perspectives on how people live in their spaces and connect to their surroundings. BDP will open their outdoor 'urban oasis', a vibrant combination of landscaping, immersive light and sound. Ben Adams Architects will partner with SEA design to provide walking tours around Clerkenwell.
The Zaha Hadid Gallery will exhibit the Seamless Collection, Hadid's exploration into combining complex curvilinear geometries with detailed ergonomic research.
The London Metropolitan Archives will show scenes of London's Council Estates from 1895-1975, while Metro Imaging will show a series of portraits by Anita Corbin, of girls in subcultures inspired by the punk movement.
Sosharu, Jason Atherton's new Japanese izakaya-style restaurant will offer refined Japanese cuisine created using seasonal UK ingredients, and 7 Tales cocktail will give a taste of Tokyo after dark.
William Knight, Clerkenwell Design Week, Show Director said:
This year we have a fantastic range of participants in the Fringe, that all contributes to the rich experience of visiting Clerkenwell during CDW, and is testament to the area’s creativity. The public spaces explored by CDW Presents act as vibrant embodiments of this creativity, to welcome visitors and to invite them to engage directly with one-off projects.”