An extensive talks programme – including a conversation with Barber Osgerby – spans multiple venues during Clerkenwell Design Week. Here are Icon's picks for Tuesday
Talk: Benjamin Pardo in conversation with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Knoll's executive vice president Benjamin Pardo speaks to the London-based design duo, who launched their Pilot chair (above) for the brand in Milan earlier this year. The chair was developed as a response to Knoll's brief to create a rotating longue chair for a reasonable price, lowering costs by streamlining four main components making them cheaper to ship and store.
Tuesday, 19 May, 7-9pm at Knoll, 91 Goswell Road, EC1V 7EX
Find out how this extraordinary installation ws created in a discussion with designer Sebastian Cox (above, right) and European director of the American Hardwood Export Council David Venebles. The event includes a filmed contribution from artist Laura Ellen Bacon (above, left).
6pm, Chapter Hall of the Museum of the Order of St John, St John's Gate, EC1M 4DA
Talk: Ooze Architects – Of Soil and Water
Sylvain Hartenberg and Eva Pfannes – together, Ooze Architects – are the designers of the highly-anticipated outdoor swimming pond that popped up in the middle of the vast King's Cross Central building site last month, a work created in conjunction with artist Marjetica Potrč.
Part art installation, part leisure project, the 40m x 10m pool of naturally filtered water allows swimmers an unusual perspective on a rapidly changing part of London and taps into the rising interest in urban swimming in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. The Rotterdam-based architects' work teeters between art and architecture and draws on their expertise in ecology, technology and social dynamics.
In this talk at the House of Culture, Icon magazine's venue in the grand Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green, during Clerkenwell Design Week, they will discuss the King's Cross project, their previous work, their approach to placemaking and the drive behind efforts to more deeply embed nature into the urban environment.
Talk: Is there still such a thing as British design?
Chaired by Jeremy Myerson, this panel discussion will address whether a British design aesthetic exists in an increasingly global marketplace. The speakers will include the Evening Standard's Barbara Chandler, Sebastian Conran and Jason Wilary-Attew, John Lewis's head buyer of furniture – all of whom are judges of the Design Guild Mark Awards 2015, which will be presented after the discussion. Namon Gaston's Oxbow chair for Benchmark (pictured above) was awarded a Design Guild Mark in 2014.
Tuesday, 19 May, 6.30pm. Part of Conversations at Clerkenwell at Design Factory, the Farmiloe Building EC1M 4AY