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Photo gallery: Highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week

Photo gallery: Highlights of C...
Tetra-Shed putting in a welcome appearance at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed putting in a welcome appearance at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed putting in a welcome appearance at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed putting in a welcome appearance at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
This shed is merely the gateway to the Farmiloe Building, one of the main hubs of Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
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This shed is merely the gateway to the Farmiloe Building, one of the main hubs of Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
Sexy furniture is more or less wall to wall at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
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Sexy furniture is more or less wall to wall at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
CDW sponsor Jaguar makes its presence felt (Photo: Gizmag)
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CDW sponsor Jaguar makes its presence felt (Photo: Gizmag)
Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
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Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
If you like light and lamp shades, it's not a bad week to head to Clerkenwell (Photo: Gizmag)
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If you like light and lamp shades, it's not a bad week to head to Clerkenwell (Photo: Gizmag)
Paper light shades are particularly popular this year (Photo: Gizmag)
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Paper light shades are particularly popular this year (Photo: Gizmag)
Plastic light shades are also in evidence, though (Photo: Gizmag)
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Plastic light shades are also in evidence, though (Photo: Gizmag)
Paper light shades are particularly popular this year (Photo: Gizmag)
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Paper light shades are particularly popular this year (Photo: Gizmag)
It's worth making time for a bit of Plumen spotting; a popular light source for showing off designer shades (Photo: Gizmag)
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It's worth making time for a bit of Plumen spotting; a popular light source for showing off designer shades (Photo: Gizmag)
Clerkenwell Design Week is the perfect place for office managers to go furniture shopping (Photo: Gizmag)
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Clerkenwell Design Week is the perfect place for office managers to go furniture shopping (Photo: Gizmag)
Sexy lamps (Photo: Gizmag)
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Sexy lamps (Photo: Gizmag)
Nice to see a familiar face. Dezeen has a pop-up store at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
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Nice to see a familiar face. Dezeen has a pop-up store at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
A spot of avant garde furniture arranging (Photo: Gizmag)
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A spot of avant garde furniture arranging (Photo: Gizmag)
Plumen's official presence at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
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Plumen's official presence at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
Did I mention the light shades? (Photo: Gizmag)
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Did I mention the light shades? (Photo: Gizmag)
Swing table and chairs by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)
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Swing table and chairs by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)
UP Coffee Table by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)
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UP Coffee Table by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)
A novel lamp design by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)
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A novel lamp design by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)
I'm not sure why this caught my eye (Photo: Gizmag)
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I'm not sure why this caught my eye (Photo: Gizmag)
A light wall at Holloways of Ludlow's stand (Photo: Gizmag)
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A light wall at Holloways of Ludlow's stand (Photo: Gizmag)
A novel half-sconce at Holloways of Ludlow's stand (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
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A novel half-sconce at Holloways of Ludlow's stand (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
More sexy light shades (Photo: Gizmag)
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More sexy light shades (Photo: Gizmag)
Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
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Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
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Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
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Jaguar concept art designed by students at the Royal College of Art (Photo: Gizmag)
CDW sponsor Jaguar makes its presence felt (Photo: Gizmag)
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CDW sponsor Jaguar makes its presence felt (Photo: Gizmag)
Architecture for Humanity has designed and built a distributed village of huts for this year's CDW (Photo: Gizmag)
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Architecture for Humanity has designed and built a distributed village of huts for this year's CDW (Photo: Gizmag)
Ying Chang's Sketch Objects (Photo: Gizmag)
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Ying Chang's Sketch Objects (Photo: Gizmag)
Ying Chang's Sketch Objects (Photo: Gizmag)
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Ying Chang's Sketch Objects (Photo: Gizmag)
Plenty of showrooms were dishing out free candy, but Elite, it must be said, went the extra mile (Photo: Gizmag)
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Plenty of showrooms were dishing out free candy, but Elite, it must be said, went the extra mile (Photo: Gizmag)
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Forbo's display highlights the natural and renewable materials that go into making Linoleum (Photo: Gizmag)
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Forbo's display highlights the natural and renewable materials that go into making Linoleum (Photo: Gizmag)
I'm not sure what they do if it rains (Photo: Gizmag)
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I'm not sure what they do if it rains (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with built-in photovoltaics (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed with built-in photovoltaics (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed's built-in skylight (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed's built-in skylight (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed door detail (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed door detail (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
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Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
Three Tetra-Sheds are on display at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
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Three Tetra-Sheds are on display at Clerkenwell Design Week (Photo: Gizmag)
Furniture oddities at the Clerkenwell House of Detention (Photo: Gizmag)
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Furniture oddities at the Clerkenwell House of Detention (Photo: Gizmag)
Freyja Sewell's Hush at the House of Detention (Photo: Gizmag)
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Freyja Sewell's Hush at the House of Detention (Photo: Gizmag)
Light fittings made from Hush offcuts (Photo: Gizmag)
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Light fittings made from Hush offcuts (Photo: Gizmag)
A somewhat blurred shot taken from inside the Hush (Photo: Gizmag)
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A somewhat blurred shot taken from inside the Hush (Photo: Gizmag)
The chair form of Hush has been spun out into a separate design, Smush (Photo: Gizmag)
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The chair form of Hush has been spun out into a separate design, Smush (Photo: Gizmag)
Cardboard donkey thingie (Photo: Gizmag)
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Cardboard donkey thingie (Photo: Gizmag)
Of all the office furniture on display, these material table insets by Thinking Works stood out (Photo: Gizmag)
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Of all the office furniture on display, these material table insets by Thinking Works stood out (Photo: Gizmag)
Of all the office furniture on display, these material table insets by Thinking Works stood out (Photo: Gizmag)
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Of all the office furniture on display, these material table insets by Thinking Works stood out (Photo: Gizmag)
Of all the office furniture on display, these material table insets by Thinking Works stood out (Photo: Gizmag)
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Of all the office furniture on display, these material table insets by Thinking Works stood out (Photo: Gizmag)
Thinking Works also has some nifty cable containment systems designed for temporary or impermanent office arrangements (Photo: Gizmag)
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Thinking Works also has some nifty cable containment systems designed for temporary or impermanent office arrangements (Photo: Gizmag)
Thinking Works also has some nifty cable containment systems designed for temporary or impermanent office arrangements (Photo: Gizmag)
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Thinking Works also has some nifty cable containment systems designed for temporary or impermanent office arrangements (Photo: Gizmag)
Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms – these are Vitra's (Photo: Gizmag)
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Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms – these are Vitra's (Photo: Gizmag)
Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms – these are Vitra's (Photo: Gizmag)
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Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms – these are Vitra's (Photo: Gizmag)
More paper light shades on show at Vitra's show room (Photo: Gizmag)
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More paper light shades on show at Vitra's show room (Photo: Gizmag)
Cloud lamps by Frank Gehry on show at Vitra (Photo: Gizmag)
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Cloud lamps by Frank Gehry on show at Vitra (Photo: Gizmag)
Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)
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Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)
Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)
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Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)
Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)
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Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)
Abstract art-cum-furniture at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
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Abstract art-cum-furniture at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
Abstract art-cum-furniture at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
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Abstract art-cum-furniture at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
Light shades at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
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Light shades at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
A light shade at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
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A light shade at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
Abstract art-cum-furniture at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
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Abstract art-cum-furniture at Zaha Hadid Design (Photo: Gizmag)
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A patch of central London is festooned with pink this week, which can only mean Clerkenwell Design Week is in session once more. Lovely old buildings such as the Farmiloe Building, House of Detention and the Museum of the Order of St. John have opened their doors to designers and design enthusiasts on the lookout for inspiration. Armed with a camera, Gizmag went exploring, and was pleased to see one or two favorites among the novelties.

Cork is cheap

Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)
Tetra-Shed with a new cork skin (Photo: Gizmag) (Photo: Gizmag)

Wandering up James Walk towards the House of Detention, Gizmag caught a glimpse of a familiar shape out of the corner of its eye. There in the grounds of St. James Church were three Tetra-Sheds, which seemed somehow different to the sleek black finish we saw in December of 2011. Architect David Ajasa-Adekunle explained that the new cork finish came as a result of a manufacturing partnership. Cork offers insulation and noise reduction, which should only enhance its appeal as place for quiet introspection. We're told that the cork finish changes color when exposed to direct sunlight. One of the three Tetra-Sheds on display featured another welcome addition: an integrated photovoltaic panel. It sounds like business is booming at Ajasa-Adekunle's company, Innovation Imperative.

Hush turns Smush

Freyja Sewell's Hush at the House of Detention (Photo: Gizmag)
Freyja Sewell's Hush at the House of Detention (Photo: Gizmag)

Another familiar design, which also taps into our apparent desire for cocoons, can be found nestled in the last cell at the back of the Clerkenwell House of Detention: Freyja Sewell's Hush. Sewell explains that where once the Hush acted as both a sit-in and a sit-on chair, for the sake of longevity the two forms have been divided. Both are made from the same material, but at a point in the process of its making, one has to choose between the cocoon (still named Hush) or the chair (spun out under the name of Smush). Again, it sound like Hushes are in demand.

Soft office furnishings and standing desks

Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)
Office soft furnishings are all the range among Clerkenwell's office supply show rooms (Photo: Gizmag)

Soft furnishings appear to be all the rage among Clerkenwell's office furniture showrooms, too. They're also cottoning on to the cocoon thing, apparently. Chairs, desks and meeting tables all seem to be enclosed in felt-like materials to create cozy spots for people to park up with a laptop. Gizmag chatted to a few sales reps to ask about the recent trend in standing desks (i.e. high desks one stands at, vaunted for health reasons). The view in Clerkenwell seems to be that this is more than a passing fad, though adjustable desks seem to be recommended to avoid fatigue.

LEDlessness

For all the lighting on display, Clerkenwell Design Week is notably lacking in LEDs. Alas incandescent bulbs still seem to appeal to aestheticists (aesthetisticians?), the better to cast a warm glow on their ubiquitous paper lampshades. The designer-friendly fluorescent Plumen is also popular, though, so it's not all bad news.

Swing table and chairs by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)
Swing table and chairs by Duffy London (Photo: Gizmag)

Take to the gallery for more highlights from the floor, including a somewhat blurred shot from the inside of a Hush, more Tetra-Shed appreciation, plenty of quirky lampshades, Duffy London's swing desk, and a handful of Zaha Hadid design curios.

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