Review: Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 shines at Icon House

posted on Thursday, 25th May 2017 by Geny Caloisi

CDW17  Lighting Design  Furniture 


The sun is shinning bright and hot for the Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). Last night Inside ID went to have a look at some of it at the Icon House of Culture, near Farrindgdon.

The venue was buzzing and it was cocktail o'clock! So in we went to explore this night club that is doubling as an exhibition hall for the design festival.

This year we can see that hte trend for Scandinavian style furniture continues, both for the home and office space. Beautiful block colour fabrics combine with warm and curved wooden legs, backs of the chairs and arm rests. See some photos on the gallery from the particularly tasty collection from Norr11.

At CDW, 'Channels' is presenting the ‘Mr Knock’ series – two bookcase designs with simple, refined modularity that can be configured for any interior context. The bookcases were almost like wall decoration, quite clever. The company is also showcasing a curated selection from its furniture and lighting collections.

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But lighting was really the star of the show at Icon. From the first steps down into the place you are welcomed by a collection from Curiosa & Curiosa, displaying all the colours of the rainbow. The glass in blown in the UK and can be custom made. We talked to Esther Patterson, founder and designer of Curiosa & Curiosa.

We also liked the mettallic lamp shades from Catellani and Smith and the greenary display that Bert Frank had on its space, which made its light fittings stand out from the corwd. New materials, such as cardboard or the use of magnifieing glass on LED lamps, provided amazing light reflexions on the surrounding walls.

Also of interest was Spacio, a sound proofed phone box style room, ideal for offices or, as it was the case of its Barcelona inventor, if you want to practise playing your saxofon without your wife compalining. The Spacio Bricks Booths uses the latest in acoustic technology and materials, together with our partners, we developed a booth range devoted to the finer details – a space where private calls are still private.

For a closer look at last night's event, click the Picture Gallery below...


Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications.

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