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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Mouthwatering food art by Lernert and Sander


If you love food and you love design, then look no further than a Dutch duo’s colourful cubes of raw food.

Artists Lernert and Sander clearly took their challenge very seriously, producing 98 exceptionally precise cubes of various vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat, arranged into a striking pattern.

The duo, known for their ‘eye-catching installations and keen fashion aesthetic’, created these mouthwatering food cubes for a food-themed documentary photography special by Dutch newspaper ‘de Volkskrant’.

Take a look at this stunning project here and let us know what you think.

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Glasscapes


Two artists have completed a unique sculptural project made from several layers of coloured glass.

Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebne created Glasscapes, a collection of three stunning sculptures with hand-cut painted glass layers that can be rearranged.

For instance, the seascape Ocean Laughter II can either look like a tumultuous ocean or a harmonious work of geometric art.

Explore Glasscapes here and let us know what you think.

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Italian city filled with Gormley statues


Florence is now filled with more than a hundred pieces of art by Antony Gormley, known for the Angel of the North, throughout his career.

The innovative ‘Human’ exhibition, which runs until the 27th September 2015, displays Gormley’s stunning work exploring the human body through ‘blockworks’ and more organic pieces like Critical Mass.

The 16th Century Forte di Belvedere is hosting most of the collection, with the rest, including ‘Critical Mass’, scattered around the historic fortress for a striking effect.

Have a closer look at ‘Human’ here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Bold anamorphic signs at Lyon airport


An airport in France is now covered in colourful signage – that can only be read at certain angles.

The project, at Terminal 3 of Lyon St-Exupéry Airport, is the mastermind of French graphic designer Mathias Rabiot and depicts far-flung destinations in neon colours.

Thanks to the airport’s long galleries and walkways, the bright words and pictures only make sense at certain points, providing an interactive and unique experience for travellers.

Watch the video below to discover the terminal’s makeover and tell us if you’ll be passing through.

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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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