UK, London. On 25 May travelled to Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 (CDW) to look at the best and the brightest of 2016 design trends. Although the sun declined to make an appearance there was little dampening the spirits of those designers, artisans and other creatively inclined individuals who made the trip.

One of the most engaging trends to come out of CDW this year was the prevalence of urban chic lighting; trading crystals and refined, polished metals for matte piping and industrial lamp shades, was a breath of fresh air.

JamJar Lights

While the look would be out of place on most modern yachts, which favour light colour schemes and clean minimalist furniture, the urban chic look has the ability to turn a very traditional gentleman’s library scheme into a classy, modern space. Not only are they attractive pieces, but they also have the appearance of products that could withstand the rigours of the marine environment. Exhibitors such as JamJar Lights, J. Adams & Co and Norr11 showed delegates how this could be effectively produced.

Poliform, the Italian furniture company and superyacht industry regular, was also in attendance, for the first time, showcasing its Mad Collection, designed by Marcel Wanders. The Mad Collection was revealed for the first time at the Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this year.

Poliform, The Mad King Chair

“This is our first year at Clerkenwell, so it is hard to compare,” says Silvia Cesca, a senior designer at Poliform UK. “But we have met a lot of good contacts, mostly we have met designers who know the Poliform brand.” Cesca’s sentiments were echoed all around Clerkenwell with exhibitors and showrooms acknowledging the improved footfall and quality of the delegation.

The addition of the OMMX architectural studio’s knowledge of ebb and flow to the CDW layout made a noticeable difference to the day and delegates drifted from one exhibition to the next, following a logical route that made the myriad attractions all more navigable.


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