Entrance to May Design Series (all images by Andrew Johansson)

UK, London. As Clerkenwell Design Week kicks off today, we see the last day of May Design Series. Located at ExCel and in its third year, the event is a commercially focused interior trade show that presents a range of new products from furniture and décor to lighting and technology.

The bar, at the heart of the event

Following a similar layout and approach to other interior-based events such as Decorex International, the May Design Series includes 500 brands from around the world and present the best of British and international suppliers from over 20 countries. New to the event is the inclusion of conferences and seminar, which are free to attend.

Crestron demonstrated its latest releases

Altfield offered a wide range of fabrics

Among the names present at the event are THG Paris, Altfield, 1066 Pianos, Crestron, Loft Design System, Porcel-Thin and Dornbracht. “This morning hasn’t been as busy as yesterday but it should pick up as we go into the afternoon,” explained national sales manager at Dornbracht UK, Caroline Sofocleous on the second day of the event. “We received a constant flow of traffic yesterday but it was mainly from people within the residential and hospitality sectors. As soon as I finished with one visitor, I would turn around to speak to another — it was very busy.”

THG Paris presented its latest products including the Pomme taps, made in collaboration with Lalique

1066 Pianos presented its Edelweiss self playing piano system

Alongside its known line of products, Dornbracht presented a new bathroom fitting series called CL.1, the first launch of new taps from the German-manufacturer in four years. Working in collaboration with Sieger Design, the series marks a new era of design for the company and features a new flow pattern and hands with two surface texture options. "We've focused mainly on developing our electronic products over the past few years and look to the automotive sector and fashion for ideas as to what the market will need and want," said Sofocleous.

Dornbracht's CL.1 range

The new series is available in plated finishes, polished chrome and matt platinum, and includes a wide range of fittings and accessories for the washbasin, shower, bath and bidet.

Hot and cold taps and spout from the CL.1 basin range

Dornbracht also presented the Alape Stream and 2Step basin ranges, which are produced by the company’s sister brand Alape. The 115-year-old manufacturer has increased its range of signature 3mm glazed steel basins with these new products along with a floor standing frame for its Unisono and metaphor ranges.

Alape sit on basin

Stream and 2Step are the latest to come from Alape

Loft Design System and Porcel-Thin both presented tile options that engage the imagination. Loft Concrete by Loft Design System is a range of decorative panels to deliver a new and unusual character to an interior.

Decorative concrete panels from Loft Design Systems

“In recent months we have witnessed a huge rise in the use of concrete in interior design,” said the Loft Design System’s press office. “Many designers are using concrete in unexpected and unusual ways and it would seem that there is nothing that can’t be made using this versatile material.”

Porcel-Thin tiles

Using materials in new and exciting ways is just one of the many topics we will be exploring at SuperyachtDESIGN Week next month, where the focus is on Smart Engineering, Living Architecture and Planetary Protection. We are also exploring new technologies and finishes in the next issue of SuperyachtDesign (Issue 24) as part of our Mood Board and the latest developments to enhance any interior or exterior project.

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