The first golden wings of summer spread over Clerkenwell Design Week 2012, a warm embrace gathering Pecha Kucha to it’s breast at the closing night in the Farmiloe Building on St John’s Street. The free beer and £1 off Sipsmith gin helped a little but mostly it was down to the weather, the exhibitors and the organisers who, year after year, are making CDW into something special: A serious design week for people who are so serious about design, they actually think it should be enjoyed.
7 o’clock slipped by and the yard filled up with people as our chosen ten assembled on the balcony for PK3.
Icon magazine editor Christopher Turner was Master of Ceremonies for the evening…
Anthony Dickens, designer. Exhibited the Tekio lighting installation in the front window of the Farmiloe Building. Designed Origami tables, Anglepoise Fifty, and the nifty Veuve Clicquot Rickshaw. www.anthonydickens.com
Marc Krusin, design manager at Piero Lissoni, has worked with Alessi, Kartell, Flos, Knoll, and Wella. www.marckrusin.com
Benjamin Hubert, designer, prolific list of products and collaborations including Aram, Cappellini, Casamania, Decode, De La Espada, Poltrona Frau, and Viaduct. www.benjaminhubert.co.uk
Nigel Coates, architect, interior and product designer, responsible for the Geffrye Museum extension, a clutch of iconic exhibitions and Tokyo bars, worked with Alessi, Fornasetti, Ceramica Bardelli, Fratelli Boffi, Poltronova, Slamp and Varaschin. Wikipedia has a page on him. www.nigelcoates.com
Annabelle Filer formed SCIN with Graham Cox in 2004 and have recently moved the amazing library, together with their vast knowledge of materials and surfaces, to Morelands on Old Street. www.scin.co.uk
Phil Coffey, architect, creator of clean, low-fat designs, worked at Ian Ritchie Architects before forming Coffey Architects in 2005, winner of the 2011 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize. www.coffeyarchitects.com @PhilCoffey
William Knight, event director, recently appointed by new owners Media10 to reinvigorate the 100% Design show in 2012. He was poached from London Design Festival where he was deputy.
Kevin Haley, designer, co-founder of Aberrant Architecture, a multi-disciplinary design playground and think-tank. Created the delightful Small Coal Man’s Tiny Travelling Theatre in St John’s for CDW2012. www.aberrantarchitecture.com @aberrantarch
Peter Murray, architect, publisher, writer, director of LFA, founder of Blueprint, wears more hats than I care to list here. Amazingly, they all seem to fit him. Find him on Wikipedia, LinkedIn and
The Farmiloe Buiding is a favourite of mine and makes a pretty good Pecha Kucha London venue — hope to see another one here!