Icon at Clerkenwell Design Week 15.05.15


Old Sessions House, our venue on Clerkenwell Green from 19-21 May, will feature talks by Michael Young, Gam Fratesi, Dominic Wilcox, Ooze Architects and We Made That, and a bespoke installation by Pattern Foundry

Michael Young, Gam Fratesi, Dominic Wilcox, Ooze Architects and We Made That will be speaking at Icon's House of Culture during Clerkenwell Design Week (19–21 May).

The programme of talks is part of Icon's three-day takeover of the rarely opened Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green, which will feature a specially commissioned installation by artist and designer Richard Rhys of Bloomsbury-based studio Pattern Foundry.

The talks will take place in Icon's cosy cafe, where Cru Kafe will provide food and drinks. Icon will be screening a series of films between the events and providing books and magazine for visitors to relax with.

A range of top brands, including Gubi, Fritz Hansen, Vitra, Another Brand, Discover & Deliver and Timorous Beasties, will display their latest collections at the venue. There will also be a chance win one of four Series 7 chairs – Fritz Hansen's design classics – by having your photo taken at Icon's photo booth. 

The first 50 people to subscribe to Icon magazine at the venue will get a free coffee. We are also giving award Black + Blum Eau Good water bottles to direct debit subscribers.

For more about the talks confirmed so far and to RSVP, see below.



1pm: Ooze Architects

Sylvain Hartenberg and Eva Pfannes are the architects behind Of Soil and Water, the highly anticipated open-air swimming pool at the King's Cross building site.... READ MORE



2pm: GamFratesi

Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi draw on the Scandinavian tradition of furniture design and craft and on the conceptual approach of Italian designers, and have worked for brands such as Gubi, Ligne Roset and Casamania... READ MORE


6.30pm: Michael Young

Nine years ago, the British designer – featured in our last issue, Studios – was drawn to Hong Kong by his interest in pioneering technology. Today, his studio is considered to be one of the most exciting and formidable design companies operating in Asia... READ MORE



1pm: Dominic Wilcox

Former Icon contributor Wilcox draws on his witty, whimsical perspective on everyday situations to devise his ideas and inventions – many of which are presented in his recent book, Variations on Normal. His design for a stained-glass driverless car challenges preconceptions about the way we will use vehicles in the future... READ MORE AND WATCH VIDEO


6pm: Holly Lewis, We Made That

Holly Lewis established this Hackney-based multidisciplinary studio with Oliver Goodhall in 2006 – drawing on their backgrounds in architecture and interaction design. All the studio's work is public, using research and engagement to focus on the relationship between local communities and creative practice... READ MORE



Pop over to Icon's cafe at Sessions House, where there will be a selection of books, magazines and films (listed below) to enjoy.  

Why Man Creates (1960) by Saul Bass

Bass' celebrates Oscar-winning animated short documentary considers the nature of creativity

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927) by Walther Ruttmann

At once an invaluable photographic record of life in Weimar Berlin and a timeless demonstration of the cinema's ability to enthrall on a purely visceral level, this film offers a kaleidoscopic view of a single day in the life of the bustling metropolis.

Playtime (1967) by Jacques Tati

In this gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology, Tati plays the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot who is thrust, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern Paris.

Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) by Thom Andersen

This documentary discusses the many representations of the city of Los Angeles in film and on television. Andersen compares the city as it exists in real life with its depictions on screen to examine how LA and its massive community have been misrepresented over the years. 

Cru Kafe is offering Icon readers 20% of orders through its website – visit www.crukafe.co.uk and enter the code ICONCRU to avail of the offer



Debika Ray

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The programme of talks is part of Icon's three-day takeover of the rarely opened Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green

1 comment

  • Comment Link Clifford Harris Thursday, 14 May 2015 17:54 posted by Clifford Harris

    I Love Clerkenwell Design Week but how come its a design 'week' and not a design 3 days?


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