There is so much going on this month in London that we thought we'd do the research for you and have chosen our top five design-led things to see and do this May.
01. Relay Represents (Design Destination)
A new design exhibition.15 - 24 May.
Where: 102-108 Clerkenwell Road London EC1M 5SA
Relay represents is a temporary exhibition arranged by Relay Design Agency to coincide with this year's Clerkenwell Design Week.
Launched in 2009, Relay has sought out the best in furniture, lighting and product design, aiming to select outstanding contemporary and sustainable design from leading contract brands. Relay represents brings together these brands for the very first time - creating a unique resource for architects and interior designer in a 300 sqm venue on Clerkenwell Road, right in the heart of London’s design district.
For more information and information about Relay Represents Event please visit https://relayrepresents.com/
02. Tom Raffield Pavilion (Installation)
Chelsea Flower Show. 21 - 26 May. 8am – 8pm.
We had the pleasure to work with Tom and his team in 2016 during the London Design Festival and we're super excited to see the pavilion which has been designed and carefully handcrafted by the team in Cornwall. The pavilion is in collaboration with RHS double gold medallist, garden designer Darren Hawkes and it promises to be an enthralling, sensory experience.
“Collaborating with a garden designer, and especially one as talented as Darren Hawkes, to create a Main Avenue garden at Chelsea Flower Show has always been a goal of ours, and one we are incredibly excited to finally reveal. The pavilion and spiralling bench are surrounded by Darren’s expert, wild, rustic planting to enhance the flowing continuity and mirroring of natural, organic materials featured both inside and outside of the space" Tom Raffield
03. Furthermore at MADEINBRITALY (Exhibition)
Studio Furthermore, Superimposition, May 9 - June 15. 1pm to 7pm Tue to Fri
Where: MADEINBRITALY, 20 Bristol Gardens London W9 2JQ
Studio Furthermore presents Superimposition at MADEINBRITALY art gallery in Little Venice. Here you will have the opportunity to view a selection of handmade contemporary ceramic works using their unique 'lost foam' method.
Booking not necessary, free
Superimposition will coincide with London Craft Week.
London Craft Week returns to the capital for its fourth edition from 9-13 May 2018. Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, this year the festival brings together over 200 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.
04. Plastic Fantastic (Talk)
Conversations at Clerkenwell Design Week, 22 May. 15:15 - 16:00
Where: Spa Fields, Northampton Road EC1R 0DF.
The panel will explore how the design industry has responded to and driven, recent high-profile changes in the way we consume and perceive plastics. What will happen next, and is this sudden widespread awareness of plastic use just a passing trend? Chaired by Caroline Till, co-founder of Franklin Till and co-author of Radical Matter: Rethinking materials for a sustainable future, Caroline is joined by speakers Frederrike Magnussen, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, and Jordan Watson, co-founder of Happenstance Workshop.
Above from left: Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties in their Glasgow studio. Image via Caro Communications
05. Craigend (Installation)
Timorous Beasties installation for Brintons at Clerkenwell Design Week, May 22-24
Where: St John’s Square, Clerkenwell
Expert carpet manufacturer Brintons launches the new Craigend Collection, designed by long-term collaborators Timorous Beasties at Clerkenwell Design Week, in a pop-up installation taking over St John’s Square. Famous for their outstanding diversity of pattern, Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties presents Craigend, their third collection with Brintons.
Booking not necessary, free
Every year Clerkenwell Design Week presents new design projects and street installations which are commissioned specially for the festival and featured prominently around Clerkenwell.