On May 23 to 25, the CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK celebrated its 8th year turning this small area of London into one of the most exciting design festival in the world. The Spanish design industry was represented by ACTIU, CAPDELL and EXPORMIM. Let’s discover more…
The Clerkenwell district has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic creative areas in London, full of artisanal laboratories, design studios and showrooms. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.
Among the unmissable spots sits Design Fields, the area dedicated to contemporary design, located in the Spa Fields, which witnessed designs arriving fresh from Salone del Mobile. Among the 25 international brands on display there was also CAPDELL, which took the opportunity to present to the UK audience the latest seating collections signed by the Swedish multidisciplinary design/architecture office Claesson Koivisto Rune: CONCORD, PLUMP and the new launch, MIRÓ.
The MIRÓ chair, which was launched at the latest edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, was presented in its various configurations, with and without armrests and upholstered in different colours. This chair collection features a thin plywood or beechwood frame and slender metal legs, which come lacquered in different tones.
At CAPDELL they see chairs as a global designer product. Not only do they have to be stylish, they must also satisfactorily fulfil their function as a piece of furniture, pass ergonomics and resilience testing and, furthermore, look attractive and in tune with current trends.
EXPORMIM, a Spanish leading brand specialized in outdoor furniture, exhibited at the House of Culture, an area dedicated to the news from international design living located at the Fabric Nightclub. With innovation and craftsmanship as core values, the brand showcased in Clerkenwell a selection of their finest rattan pieces, such as NAUTICA, FONTAL, HUMA and FRAMES.
The FRAMES chair and footstool, a design by Jaime Hayon, have been used to create a charming reading corner complemented by a set of two stylish KIRI side tables, in natural and Japanese red versions.
Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, which partner with the Clerkenwell Design Week every year, providing the festival with a stimulating programme of topic-led events including talks, workshops and product launches.
The Actiu Showroom in London, located in the heart of the CDW was transformed into a studio where interior designers and architects could have a firsthand look at the brand’s new solutions for innovative work environments.
Therefore, through the presentation of the concept of Cool Working, Actiu provided solutions to convert workspaces into meeting points which boost mobility, collaboration, flexibility while promoting the image of the brand and its corporate culture.
Both the talks and the products on display have been highly appreciated by the more than a hundred visitors and professionals who attended the activities organized by ACTIU. Furniture on display included the BADMINTON soft seating (Javier Cuñado), the WING chair in its many colourful versions (Ramon & Bassols, Red Dot Design Award 2015), the TNK FLEX office chair (Marcelo Alegre), the URBAN chairs (Javier Cuñado), the LONGO programme (Ramos & Bassols) and the highly functional MOBILITY height adjustable table (Javier Cuñado), all of them ideal to create a work environment perfectly adapted to modern workplace trends.
About the Clerkenwell Design Week
Celebrating its 8th year in May 2016 (23-25) the award-winning CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. In 2016, the design community flocked to Clerkenwell with 34,973 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands.
Next CDW date: 23-25 May 2017