Clerkenwell Design Week Wrap Up

Published on: 28-05-2015

Summer has come and so has Clerkenwell Design Week. This year, the Adrem team were actively taking part in Clerkenwell Design Week’s Fringe events.

Adrem © CDW 2015
Adrem © CDW 2015

Here goes another year of highlighting exclusive showrooms and exciting new furniture. Adrem has been quite excited as we planned to make the most of the Clerkenwell Design Week 2015. This year Adrem has been delighted to collaborate with some extremely talented people to help make this happen.

Exhibiting from May to June, Maria Sagun launched her exhibition on the 18th May in our gallery, Dreamspace. Maria showcased her brilliant talent of graphic illustrations in a form of “happy incidents”. The young artist combines the elements of colour, patterns, shapes and people to create a series of captivating prints. Adrem are pleased to have Maria’s colourful collection up during Clerkenwell Design Week to reflect the rich and lively feel of the festival.

 

Wednesday 20th May

Preparing early on Wednesday 21st, our BIM specialist consultant, Jason Claxton, hosted the first series of our breakfast seminars “Why Is BIM Good For Small Practices”. Featuring guest speaker Robert Klaschka, founder of Studio Klaschka, we were thrilled to have him introduce the first of our series. Captivating the group of the architectural audience, Robert advised to “Start with your client when it comes to BIM…this will inform your software choice”.

Engaged with all his audiences the morning seminar was very successful and was followed up with an informative Q&A. Contact us if you would like to attend the next seminar.

Adrem © CDW 2015 Robert Klaschka
Adrem © CDW 2015 Robert Klaschka

To maintain the flow of creativity for Clerkenwell Design Week, we collaborated with Nerd Nation Shoreditch to organise a set of speakers to present what they knew best. Similar to a Pecha Kucha style talk, Nerd Nation Shoreditch hosted a set of 6 speakers with 6 minutes each to present their expertise. Ranging from architecture to  surface designing to life on Mars, it definitely covered a wide scope of topics.

The evening began with British textile designer, Kit Miles, who presented the process of creating wall coverings and textile interiors.  Running the audience through his collection of geometric patterns and dynamic plants and animals, it was astonishing to see how the surface designer produced his collections from hand drawn sketches.

Adrem - CDW 2015 - Kit Miles ©
Adrem – CDW 2015 – Kit Miles ©
Adrem - CDW 2015 - Kit Miles ©
Adrem – CDW 2015 – Kit Miles ©

The next speaker Berivan Esen is a chemist and Earth scientist who specialises in life on Mars and the origin of life itself. With a background working for NASA, Bervian gave us an insight on her research and passion.

 

Following Bervian was Sam Mason, who is a coder, developer and lecturer at Steer. For those of us who were technically challenged Sam offered us a simplified way to understand coding and what he experiments with on a day to day basis. An example of this was if information comes to your phone telling you that the trains are late, your alarm will automatically change to wake you up earlier and your coffee machine to start brewing, that way you’re out of the house before you get stuck with the rest of the frustrated late passengers. Talk about the internet of things.

Adrem © CDW 2015 - Sam Mason
Adrem © CDW 2015 – Sam Mason

After our mid-session break, Ed Reeve presented his self-built house known as “Ed’s Shed” or as the architects know it to be, the sunken house. Reeve is an architectural photographer who wanted his house to frame the surrounding landscape of Islington and with the help of award-winning architect and friend, David Adjaye accomplished that brief.  With the objective to reduce carbon footprint, Ed’s Shed is created with low emission materials and techniques to maximise natural daylight and ventilation. Ed’s shed is available to visit during Open House London.

 

Adrem - CDW 2015 - Ed Reeve ©
Adrem – CDW 2015 – Ed Reeve ©
Adrem - CDW 2015 - Ed Reeve ©
Adrem – CDW 2015 – Ed Reeve ©
Adrem - CDW 2015 - Ed Reeve ©
Adrem – CDW 2015 – Ed Reeve ©

Our next speaker was D’Arcy Doran, Head of Content at TCOLondon, who had recently published the book Paddle Against the Flow. Huck Magazine released this book as a bible of creative advice, collating some of the best things said in the magazine over the years. It features quotes from Douglas Coupland, Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze, Miranda July, Mark Gonzales, MIA, Nas, Beck, Kim Gordon, Pharrell Williams, Mos Def, Sofia Coppola, Judd Apatow, Ai Weiwei, Beastie Boys and many more.

 

Adrem © CDW 2015 - Huck - Paddle Against The Flow
Adrem © CDW 2015 – Huck – Paddle Against The Flow

To wrap up Nerd Nation Shoreditch, Architect Dr Colin Beattie from John Robertson Architects presented his research on urban regeneration projects as opportunities to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment. It had really been an enjoyable evening to listen to with a wide range of topics from the experts and be able to network with others in similar interests.

Adrem © CDW 2015 - Colin Beatie
Adrem © CDW 2015 – Colin Beatie

Thursday 21st May

After a long day in the Dreamspace gallery our MD, Del Hossain, was invited to join Archiboo on their panel of judges for the 3rd edition of Architects Pitch, the ‘Dragons Den’ of Architecture. Sitting along side the other judges, this panel also consists of Russ Edwards (Director of Pocket Living), Gus Zogolovitch (Founder of Crowdestates and Inhabit Homes), and David Hamilton (architect and senior member of Malcolm Reading Consultants team).

Adrem © CDW 2015 - Archiboo
Adrem © CDW 2015 – Archiboo

Running through the set of speakers we witnessed:

Chris Bryant from Alma-nac expressed his practice as go-getters

Cany Ash from Ash Sakula showed how to do a lot with a little.

Ferhan Azman from Azman Architects explained “The brief is the most important thing to understand between the client & the architect” with what was left of her voice.

Murray Kerr from Denizen Works described the importance of collaboration between clients and contractors.

And Scott Grady from Haptic Architects told us how user experience and craftsmanship is rooted at the heart of their studio.

Adrem © CDW 2015 - Archiboo
Adrem © CDW 2015 – Archiboo

After the criticism from the judges, the audience voted and the winner of the 3rd edition of Architects Pitch was Chris Bryant from Alma-nac. Congratulations Chris! Stay tuned to watch the video soon.

We would also like to thank Brands and Bernhardt Designs for letting us display their amazing feature furniture this week!

Adrem &xopy; CDW 2015 - BRANDS & Bernhardt Designs
Adrem &xopy; CDW 2015 – BRANDS & Bernhardt Designs

Brands ©
Bernhardt Design ©

For the rest of the festival we continued to explore and experience Clerkenwell. We hope you have had a great time like us this year!