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8 things to remember from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

As every year, I took on a tour of Clerkenwell Design Week, snapping and posting on the way. Here are the 8 encounters I will remember from the 2016 edition:

1. Vassana
Vassana from the SACICT collective as featured by the British Council

Vassal from the SACICT collective as featured by the British Council

Vassana was one of the Designers-Makers presented by the British Council and SACICT (Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand) in the Additions Pavilion

2. Poliform UK: Let’s be Royal

Matelasse-Gibson quilted velvet. MAD by Poliform UK

Loved Poliform‘s Matelass√©-Gibson quilted velvet edition of Marcel Wanders’s Mad King, Mad Queen and Mad Joker, and in particular how the texture bounced off the rare light at the Church of the Order of St John, where it was displayed.

3. Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon at The Church

Tom Dixon at The Church

Tom Dixon showed his new thin-sheet etched metal lighting collections in the moodiest, most atmospheric display at St James’ 17th Century Church.

4. Melina Xenaki

Planters with balconies by RCA graduate Melina Xenaki

RCA Graduate ceramicist Melina Xenaki’s creates planters inspired by architectural elements of the Cyclades.

5. Forest + Found

Forest and Found

Forest and found natural dyeing

Maybe my favorite discovery this year: Forest + Found, a sustainable craft and design partnership set up by Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth. Carving, natural dyeing and hand stitching from wood and dye plants sourced in Epping Forest amongst others.

6. Cane Line
7. Havwoods


Cane Line champagne bar and outdoor furniture in the garden of the Church of the Order of St. John (left) and Havwoods presenting their wood flooring collection in a Routemaster.