From 19th to 21st May, Domus on Great Sutton Street is set to host a jam-packed programme of events and activities as part of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. With a number of product launches, designer talks, CPDs, installations and competitions all featuring on the agenda, 2015 looks set to be Domus’ most exciting CDW to date.
Highlights of this year’s celebrated design festival at Domus include three exclusive new product launches: ‘Domus Wood’, ‘Tierras’ by Patricia Urquiola from Mutina, and ‘Penta’ by Cristina Vezzini, the winning tile from the KAZA Concrete design competition.
Outside of the showroom itself, Domus are offering photography fans a chance to participate in ‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’, a photography tour of The Barbican, one of Clerkenwell’s most iconic buildings. Or for a more relaxing break from the activities, visitors can sit down and soak up the atmosphere in the ‘Domus Woodland Escape’ which will be located opposite the showroom on Great Sutton Street, featuring recycled installation art designed by Morag Myerscough.
Open to all throughout CDW are the ‘Tierras’ Exhibition, the ‘Domus Woodland Escape’ and the ‘Domus Wood’ Studio, detailed below.
THIS IS TIERRAS BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA:
EXHIBITION OF EXCLUSIVE NEW MUTINA CERAMIC COLLECTION
Domus are incredibly excited to be hosting a curated exhibition of the exclusive new Mutina range designed by internationally renowned designer, Patricia Urquiola. ‘This is Tierras’, will display Urquiola’s unique, innovative tile designs which have been inspired by traditional Mediterranean artisan terracotta materials.
The Tierras range has a dual personality, combining the newest technological innovation with the concept of traditional, handmade productions. This eco-friendly ceramic collection features a collection of unique, unusual shaped porcelain tiles, terracotta screens, and geometric patterns in a warm earthy colour palette, with contemporary bright accents. Even the grout colours have been carefully considered to harmonise and finalise the collection, whether that’s to compliment or to obtain striking contrasts.
DOMUS WOODLAND ESCAPE
The ‘Domus Woodland Escape’ will be open for the duration of CDW and will be located opposite the Domus showroom on Great Sutton Street. This ‘pop-up’ outside area will feature a mix of living trees and installation art and has been specially designed as a unique seated oasis to provide visitors with a relaxing retreat from the bustling crowds of the busy design festival.
To decorate the outdoor space, Domus will be recycling work which was created by internationally renowned installation artist Morag Myerscough for the ‘Movement Café’ in Greenwich, which opened during the London 2012 Olympics Games. Myerscough’s iconic, hand-painted stools and brightly coloured patterned ply-wood boards will be reused as seating and backdrops bringing an exciting punch of bright colour to this usually grey car park.
To relax and recharge while unwinding within the space, visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments from three of London’s favourite food + drink traders. Black Box Coffee will be serving their delicious, freshly roasted coffee (free to those with a Voucher from Domus’ showroom!), Bier Craft will be selling a range of craft beers, wines and soft drinks and MyPie will be satisfy all lunch breaks with their healthy salads, freshly baked pies and their infamous, award winning sausage rolls.
DOMUS WOOD STUDIO
Also arriving just in time for CDW, an entirely new and exciting product range as Domus will unveil the ‘Domus Wood Studio’ on the lower ground floor of their EC2 showroom. The Wood Studio will provide the setting for their stunning new engineered timber flooring collection comprising 38 different colours and tones of oak in a multitude of plank size and formats and in different treatments and finishes, revealing the natural beauty of oak.
The ‘Domus Wood’ collection has been two years in the making and has been carefully designed, manufactured and finished with the highest quality and performance in mind. The range utilises European White Oak harvested from the forests of Mazury in Poland and finished in Domus’ high-tech factory in Ravenna, Italy. Each colour is uniquely crafted using specialist, bespoke pigments and colouring treatments and together forms this extensive, hand-selected palette.
The remaining schedule of events is as follows:
Tuesday 19th May, 9AM AND 1PM
THE BEAUTY OF WOOD: WOOD MASTERCLASS CPDs
On Tuesday 19th May, architects and designers are invited to attend one of two CPDs where they can learn about designing and specifying with this beautiful material. Led by Domus’ in-house wood expert, Tim Balderstone, ‘The Beauty of Wood’ CPD explores the perfectly imperfect material that is oak, from forest to finished product. Topics covered in the CPD will include the process of wood engineering, oak grading as well as the different visual and technical requirements to be considered when specifying with wood.
CPDs will take place at 9am and 1pm and places can be booked online at www.domustiles.co.uk
Wednesday 20th May, 12PM
‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’:
BARBICAN PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR & COMPETITION WITH PETER CHADWICK
Domus have teamed up with photographer, graphic designer, lecturer and founder of ‘This Brutal House’, Peter Chadwick, who will be leading a photography tour of The Barbican, Clerkenwell’s most iconic Brutalist building. The tour, entitled ‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’, will start at the Domus showroom at 12pm on Wednesday 20th with Chadwick talking through some of his own personal photography collection of Brutalist architecture. Following the talk, brutal enthusiasts will head to The Barbican, cameras in hand, to explore its unique features with guidance from Chadwick on how best to photograph them.
To complement the tour, Domus invites submissions to its ‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’ photography competition. Tour participants are invited to submit their pictures either on social media to @domustiles and @brutalhouse or to firstname.lastname@example.org for their chance to win a year’s Barbican membership as well as a selection of architecture and photography books from Thames + Hudson. Follow @domustiles, @brutalhouse and #thisbrutalclerkenwell on twitter and Instagram to keep up with submissions.
Competition entries will be judged by Alona Pardo, the curator of recent Barbican exhibition Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age.
Places on the tour are very limited and those interested are encouraged to book early at www.domustiles.com
Wednesday 20th May, 2PM
‘MY LIFE AS A DESIGNER’ TALKS & the ‘Penta’ tile designed by Cristina Vezzini
On the 20th May at 2pm, Domus brings together a unique set of designers, united by concrete. Not exclusively tile designers; all have alternative and diverse careers within the creative industries and yet all have designed tiles for KAZA Concrete, utilising the bespoke nature of this dynamic material.
The three designers presenting are:
- Ceramicist, Cristina Vezzini
- Wallpaper Designer, Erica Wakerley
- Landscape Garden Designer, Hugo Bugg
Each will present ‘My Life as a Designer in 20 Slides’, a short snap-shot of their design careers with tips and insights into their design process, their path into their industries, and what it takes to succeed in their respective fields. Come to be informed and inspired.
Vezzini’s much anticipated, winning design from Domus’s concrete tile design competition, ‘Penta’ will also be launched during CDW. This stunning angular tile, consists of irregular polygons and angles of varying heights creating a sense of depth and texture. Its vibrant, geometric finish entertains the eye with a multitude of light and dark reflections that create layered patterns similar to natural scenery or crystal formations. Penta will feature in a brand new KAZA display within the showroom, as well as a large exterior installation in Domus’s courtyard. Vezzini and Chen have designed bespoke glass and ceramic pieces especially for CDW to compliment the Penta installation, and these will be on display throughout the week.
THURSDAY 21ST May, PM
THIS IS TIERRAS
To celebrate the launch of her stunning new collection, designer Patricia Urquiola will be speaking at an exclusive, invite-only event at Domus’s showroom. Press are invited to interview Urquiola in the afternoon before the launch event. Requests to be sent to Tracy Bates or Fran Padgham at Esprit PR: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org