Clerkenwell Design Week kicks off next week with a programme of talks, exhibitions, installations, workshops and parties. Here is Icon’s pick
Talk: Architects and their insatiable desire to design furniture
This panel discussion aims to explore a number of furniture projects initiated by architects. Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Cas Zdanius, Grimshaw’s head of industrial design, reflect on how their approach differs when tackling furniture commissions, such as the 1,600 seats the practice designed for New York’s EMPAC Auditorium (pictured above). The pair are joined by Kurt Wallner of Poltrona Frau and Cassina (who will look at some of the recent collaborations between the two companies) and product designer Theo Williams.
Tuesday, 19 May, 4.30pm. Part of Conversations at Clerkenwell at Design Factory, the Farmiloe Building EC1M 4AY
Walk: Hidden Histories
Part of the CDW Presents installations series, Hidden Histories by Designworks Tiles consists of five interactive installations spread across Clerkenwell, which aim to explore Clerkenwell’s lesser-known past, from illicit gin distilleries to man-eating bears (above). Starting from Designworks Tiles Clerkenwell showroom, 45-minute tours will uncover these unexpected narratives and the creative thinking behind the five installations.
Tuesday, 19 to Thursday, 21 May, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Leaves from 91 St John Street, EC1M 4NU
Event: Studio Design & Memarzia present FEED
Part of east London-based tech festival Digital Shoreditch, FEED is a unique digital dining experience that turns personal data supplied by individual guests into a bespoke tasting menu. The concept has been developed by Studio Design and Memarzia in collaboration with new Peruvian restaurant Ceviche and Rebel Minds.
Tuesday, 19 and Wednesday, 20 May, 6.30pm. At Ceviche Old St, 2 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU
Workshop: A brutal photography tour
As part of tile manufacturer Domus’ Clerkenwell Design Week programme, Photographer, graphic designer, lecturer and founder of architecture platform This Brutal House, Peter Chadwick will lead a photography tour inspired by the district’s Brutalist architecture. Entrants to a parallel photography competition can win an annual membership to the Barbican Centre, Thames & Hudson books and prints of the winning shots.
Wednesday, 20 May, 12.30pm. Leaves from 50 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DF
Talks: Conversations at Clerkenwell
A series of high-profile speakers will be at Design Factory over the three days. Among these are Nipa Doshi and Tomas Alonso discussing their work with Camper and Michael Young and Todd Bracher in conversation about the importance of London’s design scene. Other speakers include Morag Myerscough, David Kohn and Raw Edges. Click here full details and to RSVP.
Design Factory, the Farmiloe Building EC1M 4AY
Last but not least is Icon’s own venue at Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, where a select range of leading brands will display their collections. In the cafe, will be a series of talks – by GamFratesi, Michael Young (below), Dominic Wilcox, We Made That and Ooze Architects – as well as film screenings. Read more about it.