Clerkenwell 2013 Preview: House of Detention

Architecture and Interiors photography by Jim Stephenson / clickclickjim

Above: The House of Detention at Clerkenwell Design Week. photography by Jim Stephenson.

Clerkenwell Design Week is rapidly approaching. Over the next few days Despoke will be offering insights into what there is see and do next week at each of the three main Clerkenwell venues: House of Detention, Order of St. John and the Farmiloe Building.

The subterranean venue, the House of Detention will be returning to the Clerkenwell line-up after a successful debut in 2012. Once home to a Victorian prison, this dramatic venue packs in the atmosphere and acts as the perfect backdrop to display some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming designs:


Above: Farming series by Sampling

Latvian architecture and design practice, Sampling, works across craft and spatial experiences. The Farming collection is a mutated piece of furniture where the crotched flax twine looks as though it has bubbled over the birch wood frame.

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Above: Parlour Lighting by I Do Cartwheels

Donna Bates, founder and lead designer at the interestingly named Irish furniture and lighting brand, I Do Cartwheels, will be presenting the limited edition Parlour Lighting ranging. The light references the designer’s childhood growing up on an Irish dairy farm where milk was collected in ‘the parlour’ and looks to be a part of a strong lighting proposition at Clerkenwell Design Week this year.

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Above: HUSH chair by Freja Sewell

One of the recognisable names at the House of Detention is Freya Sewell. The 2012 London Design Museum Designer in Residence will be bringing the famous HUSH chair to the venue, offering a potential hiding place if the crowds get too much.


Above: Daylight by Philippe Malouin for W Hotels

Don’t forget to check out the W Hotels Designers of the Future Award winners: Tom Foulsham, Markus Kayser and Philippe Malouin. For the first time, all four designers who were asked to create a work responding to a brief entitled, “From Spark to Finish” will be exhibited together at the House of Detention.


Above: The Rockstar by Buster and Punch

An exclusive at the House of Detention will be the debut Hooked collection by Buster and Punch, inspired by Motorcycles and a ‘rockstar’ lifestyle. Judging by preview photographs and news of a customised motorbike at the show, you can expect to see something quite exciting at the Buster and Punch stand.

Clerkenwell Design Week runs from 21st -23rd May 2013 in various locations around Clerkenwell, London.

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