A lovely little video of Huts for Humanity created by the London Chapter of Architecture for Humanity for Clerkenwell Design Week that took place earlier this year. This shows how the huts worked in practice and features short explanations for each hut.
Sadly this years Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) was a little disappointing in terms of showing smaller independent designers, however there was still lots to see and do of course.
The fantastic non-profit organisation – Architecture for Humanity – came up with some very innovative design ideas for this years event. They created a village of huts – each with a different theme reflecting the ethos of the global charity.
There was a Green Hut clad with edible plants, a Water Hut which featured an arrangement of pipes and bottles, a Textile Hut that explored soft materials and a Remakery Hut showcasing objects from the Brixton Remakery centre.
Last year Architecture for Humanity launched the successful “Love Architecture” campaign, which saw the “Love Hut” presented in St John’s Lane.
Architecture for Humanity was founded in 1999 by British architect Cameron Sinclair, and operates as a global charity promoting a more sustainable future through the power of professional design.
If you’re looking for a place to have a little rest and bit of a sit down then where better to be than in a room full of furniture and fancy designs.
You may wonder why most people seem to be standing or walking around browsing at design events when there is such an abundance of seating options.
Nevertheless here are some interesting and stylish chair models by a number of designers exhibiting at Clerkenwell Design Week. Today is the last day, so make sure you pop by if you haven’t already.
The M-Bamboo table is the first product designed by the Studio that incorporates bamboo surfaces. And because bamboo is a fast growing, replenishable grass it is also a sustainable resource.
When bamboo is compressed in to solid material it initially has the appearance of a high quality semi-hard wood, it transforms into a dark hardwood following treatment to avoid bacterial degradation for use outside.
The table comes in a dark chocolate coloured top for use outside or inside, or in a light caramel top for inside use only.
The frame of the M-Bamboo table is made of powder-coated aluminium as is the M-Bench which fits the table perfectly.
Jennifer Newman Studio will be exhibiting their designs in the Farmiloe Building at Clerkenwell Design Week from the 21st-23rd of May.
One of the exciting artists exhibiting at Clerkenwell Design Week is Freyja Sewell. Her work has a strong theme of sustainability, and her HUSH pods creating a private space with-in a publicworld are particularly impressive.
The amount of thought and practicality Frejya has put into the design of HUSH as an enclosed space providing a personal retreat is remarkable. She emphasises that modern society, technology and architecture offer great ways to connect on multiple levels but can leave little room for privacy in our everyday lives.
Through HUSH she seeks to provide a way to balance the pressures of growing populations and overcrowding with the need for individual space.
“HUSH provides a personal retreat, a luxurious escape into a dark, hushed, natural space in the midst of a busy hotel, airport, office or library. HUSH provides a quiet space in an age of exponential population growth, where privacy and peaceful respite is an increasingly precious commodity.”
Frejya uses sustainably produced wool for the body of HUSH and recycled wool fibers for the internal padding, produced as a by-product of the British carpet industry.
The HUSH pods are manufactured by Ness Furniture in Durham by skilled furniture craftsmen and women, helping to support and revitalise Britain’s ancient heritage of makers.
Now in its third highly successful year, Clerkenwell Design Week’s three-day annual festival has quickly become an eagerly anticipated event in the design industry calendar.
Founded in 2010, the event gathers Clerkenwell’s long-established design community together, celebrating the creative richness, social impact and its power for change within this unique part of London.
After reaching record size in 2012, Clerkenwell Design Week returns from 21-23 May showcasing over 239 brands from the UK and across the globe.
The resounding success of CDW 2012 was evident at the UK Event Awards, organised by The Drum, where CDW was recognised as being one of the best in Britain’s events industry – winning both Best Cultural Event and Best Festival for 2012.
The name Clerkenwell comes from the Clerks’ Well in Farringdon Lane, where London parish clerks performed the famous Medieval Mystery Plays throughout the Middle Ages. Since the Industrial Revolution, the area has housed craft workshops, printers, clockmakers and jewellers.
Traditional crafts, such as printing and bookbinding still flourish, as do graphic designers. In the last two decades, Clerkenwell’s unique variety buildings have been transformed into central studio and workshop spaces, attracting an unprecedented concentration of architectural, design and creative practices.
The global businesses that have made Clerkenwell their home have shaped the borough into the UK’s most important generator of creativity and innovation.
Serving an infinite variety of other industries easily accessible from across London, Clerkenwell has become home to a plethora of new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios and more than 200 architectural practices – more per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. In addition, Clerkenwell houses over 60 design showrooms including world leaders Vitra, Poltrona Frau, Flos and Moroso.
Next week, the festival will return to its familiar venues, with exhibitors at the Farmiloe Building including Pinch Design, Bark Furniture, Young and Norgate, Jennifer Newman Ltd, DeadGood Trading Ltd, Amtico and Material Lab.
The House of Detention and the Order of St John have also been confirmed with additional sites at key points across Clerkenwell.
Last year over 35 showrooms successfully participated and are involved again this year, these include Domus, Knoll, Moroso, The Poltrona Frau Group, Vitra and Porcelanosa, along with a number of showrooms new to the event including Kinnarps, Camira, .it and Connections.
There will also be a number of designers specialising in sustainable, recycled and salvaged furniture and design – who I will of course endeavour to single out in the coming week.