Favorites from Clerkenwell Design Week

By danielle

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This blog post is courtesy of one of our Italian correspondents, Mircea Masserini…

I’m one of those who had the true pleasure of attending the Clerkenwell Design Week in London. With three locations all packed with great design, this year the show was more impressive than ever! At the House of Detention  —a former Victorian prison— we spotted the cool Italian collective MADE IN BERGAMO, that grouped together the best of Italian design from the city of Bergamo.

Particularly interesting was the cardboard furniture by Cartunia, an entire line of design pieces made with special patented cardboard that is both fire and water resistant. From bookshelves and desks to stools and armchairs, the space featured a wide arrow of eco-friendly solutions at really affordable prices.

Libreria Bookshelf Unit

With a wooden frames and sleek design, Feb31st‘s lightweight spectacles caught our eye.  They are particularly interesting because every piece/model can customized. They are available in a wide range of color palettes for the inside and outside shell. You also have the opportunity to have your name carved into the frame.

Feb31st's Apus Vista Uomo

Browsing around we found another little gem: La Boîte Concept, a docking station dedicated to laptops, allows for the convergence of new media and high-fidelity. With this unit, the first of its kind completely dedicated to laptops, listening to our music stoked in iTunes will be finally noise-free, offering at the same time great sound fidelity and exceptional design.

Le Boite's docking station

Lucky for me, all the most important showrooms we within walking distance and opened theirs doors to the curious and the motley public of the show, organizing presentations, aperitivo and live performances. Two of them focused on were it all begins: letterprint, nowadays just a subject of study for designers really into print, and basically forgotten and neglected by everybody is having a new comeback. Both LIVE IN PRINT and Milliken organized event were the participant were asked to contribute and vote on the content of posters (made with letterpress – Live In Print) or taught how  to letterprint with a workshop run by Clerkenwell based graphic designer.

Milliken

LIVE IN PRINT

Last but not least, a young architect from Porto came out with a solution for every woman: shoes. Due to the lack of nice shoe-racks and shoe-storage Ana Cardoso created a simple and functional shoe cabinet, made both of wood and fabric. This organized, structured and elegant shoe storage is as beautiful as the pieces inside and underscores the importance these items represent in a modern day wardrobe. Plus, you can quickly and easily change your own fabric, whether it is just for cleaning or to adapt to your mood and times.

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