Clerkenwell Design Week: Review


The most exciting festival in Clerkenwell has come to an end.

Bigger and better than ever, this year’s CDW saw interactive installations, a vibrant fringe, immersive showroom experiences, and beautiful brands come together to showcase an astonishing range of creativity.

Our highlights (and photographs) are legion, but here are just a few final observations:

Jimbobart at Additions – St John’s Square

The brainchild of designer James Ward, Jimbobart is a range of slightly eccentric, very subversive ceramics based on ‘expressive animal drawings’. Our favourite is ‘The Cake Crusader’ (as pictured).

Metro Imaging – 32 Great Sutton Street

Visitors had an exclusive opportunity to explore the printing specialists’ work, which includes printing onto surfaces such as metal, glass, and stone. The Kate Moss print in particular stood out dramatically against the stark white walls.

Tarkett at Desso – 23-25 Great Sutton Street

Flooring manufacturer Tarkett teamed up with trend forecasters Scarlet Opus for a presentation on upcoming design trends for commercial interiors, with a translation for flooring. Trend Presenter Sally Angharad gave a highly engaging snapshot of the current influences on the creative industry and how these are set to evolve during this year and next.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed Clerkenwell Design Week; let us know your CDW highlights.

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Preview


One of the most hotly anticipated design festivals in London opens tomorrow and The Think Tank will be exploring it first-hand.

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is now in its sixth year, well established in the national (if not international) design calendar.

From funky installations and product showcases to one-off presentations and networking events, CDW offers a true smorgasbord of treats to anyone interested in the creative industries.

CDW is worth an explore if you’re in the area (you can register here); if not, follow our blog and the official hashtag #CDW2015.

Let us know what you’re looking forward to during Clerkenwell Design Week.

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The most unique homes in the world


A new infographic features some innovative home designs, giving you the chance to explore them from afar .

Goodale Miller Team has put together eight fascinating pictures of the world’s most unusual houses.

These include the transparent house in Tokyo, a skateboard house in the USA, and an old tower water in Belgium. 

Discover the rest of these incredible houses here and tell us which ones you’d like to live in.

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Innovative architectural photography


A German photographer uses Instagram to capture architectural details in an unusual way.

Sebatian Weiss, under the pseudonym Le Blanc, uses the popular social media platform to capture buildings throughout Europe and highlight their standout features.

He says “the small picture size of smartphone photographs requires different motifs and new approaches to photographing them”.

Weiss, who lives in Hamburg, was fascinated by the architectural contrasts that Berlin offers; this encouraged him to base his work on abstracting urban shapes.

All his work is published on Instagram; explore it here and let us know what you think of it.

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Natural design for Ecole Polytechnique


Sou Fujimoto Architects has revealed its competition-winning proposal for a Paris campus.

The firm teamed up with local architects Manal Rachdi Oxo and Nicolas Laisné Associates for its Ecole Polytechnique design.

Based at the Université Paris-Saclay campus, the building unites six prestigious Parisian schools: a grand atrium will be full of greenery, with a glazed façade opening out to the park, connecting with nature and fostering a sense of openness.

The team said “the building is seen as an open space revealing the activities taking place in its heart and stands as an architectural and academic emblem of the future neighbourhood”.

Have a closer look at the designs here and let us know what you think.

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‘Virtual Beehive’ at the Milan Expo 2015


An artist has created a unique piece of architecture for the Milan Expo 2015.

Wolfgang Buttress’ UK pavilion is a ‘virtual hive’, which gives visitors a ‘lasting flavour of the British landscape’.  

The 14-metre lattice structure, which is made from 169,300 pieces of aluminum and steel, is sure to impress visitors with an ‘immersive sensory experience’ of audio and visual effects that replicate the activity of a beehive.

Find out more about the pavilion here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Whimsical architectural collages


A German graphic artist has created surreal houses from collaged materials.

Matthias Jung imagined a collection of unique buildings that would defy logic, combining photographs and natural elements with different architectural styles.

Jung calls this series of creative collages ‘architectural short poems’.

Have a look at his work here and tell us which collages you like.

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