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Celebrating creativity


It was refreshing to see the focus on sustainable design within the number of talks and events taking place, where the effects on designers, consumers and other stakeholders was discussed. Topics ranged from a sustainable workplace to eco materials and green architecture, all with one clear focus: how to help the environment stay as eco-friendly as possible.

A highlight was the revamped and extended showroom space of Bisley. The space showcased the British manufacturer’s products for both the home and the workplace and the convergence of the two. Bisley also demonstrated its sustainable credentials in terms of logistics, manufacturing, and the supply chain.

Flokk is another firm with a huge focus on the environment. Known as a ‘House of Brands’, it offers a huge range of seating solutions, tables, and accessories for the workplace. One of its classic products is the HÅG Capisco, with its distinctive customisable seating arrangement. It was originally inspired by a horseback rider’s posture and how that would help in a workplace setting. This led to the chair having a saddle seat and a unique back shape, which creates endless seating options, whether sat or half standing. These varying positions encourage individuals to move around more towards what they find comfortable, with the aim being to help posture.


Lighting once again had a strong showing and was explored in many forms, from floor lamps to chandeliers and delicate table lights. One of the main places to discover a plethora of lighting was the subterranean House of Detention. This former Victorian prison was illuminated with the array of international lighting brands, standalone installations, and upcoming brands.

Lighting has the power to completely transform a space and how people perceive it, from the energising power of cool LEDs to warmer, more relaxing tones. Back in Old Sessions House, family-run firm Chelsom Lighting celebrated its creativity in lighting design and for its 75th anniversary, released its newest collection, Edition 28, featuring a range of different decorative lighting styles.

Also, one not to miss at Clerkenwell was Curiousa Lighting. Its bold and bright designs could be seen at the British Collection where the company cleverly combined organic shapes and historical references into a modern aesthetic. Each element is hand-assembled with products featuring 70 per cent recycled glass.

Tom Kirk is another innovative lighting firm which specialises in the design and manufacture of decorative light fixtures and fittings for both residential and commercial interiors. With a workshop in South-East London all materials are locally sourced within the UK, including polished brass, copper, and steel used to create the unique and crafted fixtures. One of the highlights from the Tom Kirk display was the Reed Light with options as a table, wall, and floor light.

Texture is an essential part of creating a welcoming interior and there was inspiration aplenty at this year’s CDW from boucle to velvet. Kirkby Design has been creating cutting-edge fabrics, wallcoverings, and accessories for over a decade, developing a reputation for its interplay of texture including chenille, boucle, velvet and wool to create daring designs. Like many companies exhibiting at CDW, Kirkby makes a conscious effort as far as the environmental impact on the planet goes, working alongside its suppliers to source and explore new recycled yarn developments to be included in new products.

All in all, Clerkenwell Design Week offered up a raft of product innovation with a strong sense of sustainable design across three highly enjoyable days.


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