One of our favourite things about summer in London is its complete and utter saturation with design. From the bustling aisles at Decorex to the hum of the crowds at RHS Chelsea Flower Show (starting today), the capital explodes into an annual cocktail of innovation, new launches, new collaborations and a far-reaching appreciation for art and design.
First on our summer design agenda is Clerkenwell Design Week (starting tomorrow). Working with some of the world’s leading names in the industry, the annual design show is a uniting body across architecture, product manufacture and both commercial and residential interior design.
At its essence, Clerkenwell Design Week is the presentation of a series of specially commissioned design projects, which are showcased in and around Clerkenwell. These projects each set out to make a statement, led by the real pioneers in the design arena.
One key brand to look out for at Clerkenwell Design Week is Brintons, a carpet manufacturer which was founded in 1783. Boasting a longstanding position as the UK’s most revered and trusted carpet company, Brintons’ design team has bought the product offering into the contemporary landscape seamlessly, maintaining its time-honoured blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon. Using its vast pattern archive to rework designs and working on collaborations with other fantastic design houses, Brintons has established the fitted carpet as not only a worthwhile investment, but a true marker of luxury design across its demographics.
At Clerkenwell Design Week, Brintons will launch a new collection with a pop-up installation designed by Studio Shaw Architects at St Johns Square. The commercial collection is the third iteration of an industry-renowned collaboration between Brintons and the Scottish design duo, Timorous Beasties. Visitors to the installation will be taken through the installation to experience total emersion in the world that the new collection creates on such a scale.
The new collection will be named, Craigend, after Craigend Place where many of the Timorous Beasties motifs were designed. The name of the collection also alludes to the Gaelic word for rock, which is ‘creag.’ This name provides a great insight into the aesthetic of the new collection, which takes its inspiration from the natural world, and textures experienced underfoot in a very literal sense. Materials cited as inspiration for the wild, sprawling, large-scale designs are moss, lichen, sand dunes and stone, with further references to ink and paint.
This awe-inspiring installation will be open to visit for the entirety of Clerkenwell Design Week, from 22nd-24th May 2018.