Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

As New York Design Week draws to a close, London's first design festival of the year touches down in Clerkenwell. LDN calling...


London's annual Clerkenwell Design Week kicks off on 19 May bringing an array of homegrown and international talent to the capital's spring celebration of design. 

For a relatively small area of East London there's plenty to see, ranging from talks and presentations from design luminaries such as Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper Editor at Large), Fredrikson Stallard, Terence Woodgate and Patrizia Moroso (below) to spectacular installations by Cousins & Cousins and typographic trickery from Monotype.

The three-day show divides into four main sections: Design Factory in The Farmiloe Building will showcase contemporary lighting, furniture and products, while up-and-coming designers will be vying for attention at Platform in the subterranean House of Detention. Smaller take-home accessories have their own dedicated space at Additions in The Crypt on The Green in St James Church, and Detail at the Priory Church of the Order of St John focuses on high-end decorative products.

We can never resist coming home with something to light up our lives, so here's our selection of must-see stands at CDW 2015...


Emma Richmond's love of nature led her to relocate to the Swiss Alps where her keen eye for dramatic landscapes and a simple graphic image has resulted in this stunning collection of digitally printed cushions for the brand she founded, Hjem.

'Mountain Cushion #01', £29 for the cover, from £47 for duck-feather pad and cover
Hjem is exhibiting at Additions


Mother and daughter design duo Diana Allen and Holly AllenCooper (aka Whitebeam Studio), who work between London and Brooklyn, launch their new 'Living Space' collection of bone china plates and vases during Clerkenwell Design Week. Inspired by original artworks created by mixing together pure pigment, charcoal and river mud, the fluid patterns are beautifully random and translucent.

'Eclipse' plates, 'Dawn To Dusk' vases, price on application
Whitebeam Studio is exhibiting at Additions


Sheridan Coakley's eponymous London showroom SCP will be showcasing an exclusive lighting collection by New York company Roll & Hill. This meticulous study in geometric design is the handiwork of Philippe Malouin, a London-based Canadian designer with a stellar list of clients including Kvadrat, Established & Sons, Caesarstone and Swarovski. His 'Gridlock' lighting series for Roll & Hill includes sculptural wall sconces and ceiling mounts, hand-assembled from thousands of tiny brass parts.  rollandhillcom

'Gridlock Pendant 7440', US$28,000
SCP is exhibiting at Design Factory


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One of the highlights of Designersblock Milan 2015 was the launch of new textiles by Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties. Their eye-catching collection of prints featured anarchic graffiti, intricately drawn flora and fauna and Rorschach-like paint splatters. This lively range will be on show at Icon magazine's House of Culture in the Georgian splendour of the Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green. 

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Graffiti Stripe Velvet' cotton pile, £150 per metre; 'Topical Tropical' linen, £135 per metre


Chris Martin and Magnus Elebäck from Swedish company Massproductions produce sleek modernist pieces with a timeless quality. This simple side table looks light and airy in clear glass or stylishly seductive in bottle green. One of each please... 

'Sander' table, £965
Massproductions is exhibiting at Design Factory

Clerkenwell Design Week, Clerkenwell, East London, 19-21 May 2015. For the full list of events go to 

Illustration by Stephen Cheetham