It’s that time of year again, when the great and the good of international design – be that graphic, product, industrial, or anything else in between – descend on London’s Clerkenwell design district to show us what they’ve been working on for the past year. With so many manufacturers, producers and creators in one place, Clerkenwell consistently emerges as a gold mine for those who, like us, are obsessed with materials. With so much going on, however, it can be hard to know where to look: that’s why, for this week’s Material Monday, we’ve rounded up some of the finest events, talks and workshops taking place at CDW 2016. Whether you’re looking for paper, stone, metal, or something else entirely, Nirvana have got you covered.
Fedrigoni: Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May (10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00)
Half-Italian, half-English: full-scale fun. Renowned paper manufacturers Fedrigoni – who bear a name synonymous with more than a century of innovation, experimentation and quality – will open the doors to their London showroom on all three days of Design Week 2016 to welcome those who fancy taking a shot at one of the most traditional methods of printmaking. Working in collaboration with artist and illustrator Rob Lowe – better known by his moniker, Supermundane – and the South East Print Studio, based in the heart of London’s traditional printing quarter, Fedrigoni invite you to lose yourself in a world of colour and pattern.
Clerkenwell London: Tuesday 24th (13:00-14:00), Wednesday 25th (10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00) and Thursday 26th May (10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00)
Since launching her forward-thinking material consultancy Ma-tt-er just over a year ago, founder Seetal Solanki has had a profound impact on the way the art and design communities think about and utilise materials. Drawing on her extensive experience as a designer and art director, and harnessing her unbridled passion for imagining and re-imagining our relationship with the physical, she has put together a series of three workshops that consider the past, present and future of aluminium, bamboo and marble. Each one is guaranteed to challenge conventional thought and drive things forward – which is why we hope to see you there.
SEA Design: Wednesday 25th May, 16:30
Who doesn’t love a good tote?
The adult version of the party bag is very much alive and well in 2016. In a sea of canvas, however, it’s easy to miss those more thoughtful, considered efforts, which is why we’ve chosen the launch of Streamline’s Signature Bag collection as one of our stand-out events for this year’s Design Week. Working in collaboration with photographer Rankin, designer Margaret Calvert, and illustrators Sir Peter Blake and Marion Deuchars, Streamline have produced a limited run of cotton totes that bring together some of country’s finest creative minds, with all proceeds going to the British Red Cross. Marion Deuchars, author of Let’s Make Some Great Art, will also be speaking on the afternoon about her creative process, making it an event not to be missed.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre: Wednesday 25th May, 16:30-17:15
Fresh from launching his ‘Materiality’ collection of homeware at Milan Design Week earlier this year, Tom Dixon comes home to discuss his approach to product design in the beautiful surroundings of the Church of St James. Renowned and widely celebrated for his approach to materials – be it wood, copper, glass or marble – Dixon has a knack of consistently producing beautiful objects that elevate their raw components to an art form. His conversation with Becky Sunshine is guaranteed to be a full house, so we suggest you get down early.
Camira Fabrics: Tuesday 24th (15:00-16:00) and Thursday 26th May (11:00-12:00)
Existing at the intersection of fashion and fabric, this year’s offering from textile manufacturer Camira showcases the brand’s commitment to materials that take their cues from nature. This set of two talks, hosted by Camira’s Design & Development Manager, Catherine Counsell, presents some of the company’s latest innovations and frames a larger debate around evolution, continuity and change.