Exploring trends at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

About a month ago now we [Papilio Bespoke Kitchens] had the pleasure of visiting Clerkenwell Design Week to explore the latest product launches and trends for 2017. Interestingly, Clerkenwell is home to more creative business and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world, which makes it the perfect place to pack in a lot of design in a short amount of time.

There are installations, exhibitions and showroom presentations over the course of the three days, providing the perfect inspiration and specification opportunities.

Here were our 2017 favourites:


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The Watermark Collection

Watermark are a leading manufacturer of decorative plumbing fixtures, bathroom accessories, lighting and elegant hardware for the luxury commercial and residential markets. They’re based in Brooklyn, New York but headed to Clerkenwell Design Week to showcase their brand new modular tap range in the Detail section of the show.

Known for their boutique brassware, Watermark’s designs reflect the creative melting-pot of Brooklyn and the new ‘Elements’ range provides 420 combinations of finish, shape and materials. We were massive fans of the Brooklyn kitchen tap (BRO72) in Brass and hope to use it in future projects.



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Moss Wall UK

One of the boldest stands (and frankly quite different from everything else) was the MOSSwall showcase. Just as the name suggests MOSSwall appears as a wall of natural moss available in a wide range of different colours. MOSSwall is a simple concept but delivers a striking visual and in addition the natural moss provides excellent acoustic absorption.

Acoustic absorption is required in areas where high reverberation occurs because of the area’s surface finish. If the room contains hard surfaces, sound will continue to travel which makes speech difficult to understand. The knock-on effect will be that volume increases as users raise the voices to be heard. The introduction of acoustic absorption, in whatever form, will shorten the sound wave, increase speech intelligibility and lower volume. This is quite a big deal for us in our own kitchen design as we always want to create the nicest possible environment.

Laminated to galvanised steel trays, the standard size is 60 x 40cm but this can be adapted depending on the space. We truly think this would make a very on-trend feature wall in any kitchen!



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Vitra were in the business of being green this year with their Secret Garden offering Newby Teas and a spot of lunch for a lucky few. The festival offered the chance to showcase the brand’s new limited edition Panton Chair in ‘Sunlight’, the All Plastic Chair and the Contract Table by Charles & Ray Eames, accessorised with new pieces by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Charles and Ray Eames. We love Vitra’s innovative products and the secret garden provided a serene space to relax and be inspired.



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B&O’s wall of sound (in fabric)

Bang & Olufsen were the headline sponsor at the Icon House of Culture which seemed rather fitting considering the iconic Fabric nightclub venue. The audio-visual design brand launched its latest wireless speaker system ‘BeoSound Shape’ which combines superb sound with customisable design and quality acoustics.

The wall-mounted, modular speaker system is based on hexagonal tiles that can be placed creatively on the wall in every imaginable size and pattern. Bang & Olufsen’s unique algorithm is designed to create a crisp and precise soundscape with the vocal performer in the centre and the instruments to the sides. Known as ‘Band on the wall’, the aim is to produce a sound experience as if the band was literally placed up against the wall doing a live performance allowing the audience to move freely around a room. We thought the fabric option was genius and provided an effortlessly cool sound system.



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Another Country

Another Country designs are inspired by archetype, calling on the familiar and unpretentious forms of British Country kitchen style, Shaker, traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork for inspiration.

The British design brand launched their Work Series at Clerkenwell Design Week, a set of work-based furniture designed specifically for the creative industries. The desk design features specially designed accessories that cleverly slot into a cable channel on the desk and allow it to become personal to the user. We loved the warmth of the wood with the brass detailing – office envy!



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Bert Frank stand in fabric

Tucked away in an alcove in the ICON House of Culture at Clerkenwell Design Week, minimalist mid-century lighting brand Bert Frank was a wonderful discovery. Dark metals and brass featured predominantly in the Wall lights and pendant lamps featured – totally on-trend and perfect for the industrial space.

Founded in 2013, the brand exclusively makes in the UK which we love to see and even won and Elle Decoration British Design Award in 2016.



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Curiousa & Curiousa

The final brand that we loved, again at the ICON House of Culture during Clerkenwell Design Week, was the wonderful Curiousa & Curiousa. The brand showcased three brand new lights: ‘Cordero’, ‘Chintz’ and ‘Lotus Dine’.

The ‘Cordero’ features more than 30 vibrant glass droplets. It marries the traditional craft of the glass blower with the flexibility of advanced LED technology to create a stunning, gem-like display.

The ‘Chintz’ pendant range was born of lead designer Esther Patterson’s desire to ‘Bring Back the Chintz’ which Ikea famously encouraged us all to throw out in their 1996 campaign.

‘Lotus Dine’ features three pieces of hand-blown glass, suspended beneath a bespoke, half metre disk of walnut wood.


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