12mm Heron in Marine Blue Shape by Smile Plastics
12mm Heron in Marine Blue Shape by Smile Plastics

The 2024 edition of Clerkenwell Design Week is just around the corner. Opening its many doors on 21 May (until 23 May), and one of the most hotly anticipated dates on the design calendar, CDW is renowned for providing a burst of brilliant inspiration to our sector.

A myriad of installations, talks, and showroom activity allows visitors to immerse themselves in all things ‘creative commercial interiors’. And this year, it provides us with the perfect opportunity to take our 30th year celebrations on the road.

London, here we come. Here’s where you can find us next week…

Curved plinths in Charcoal and Black Dapple to complement the CONCHA collection by Will Atkins

Future Icons Selects at London Craft Week

Following its debut last year, Future Icons Selects returns for a second year running from 16-19 May at Oxo Tower Wharf’s Bargehouse during London Craft Week.

Exhibiting alongside 50+ makers from a multitude of disciplines and hailing from across the globe, you can spot Smile Plastics in partnership with art & design studio MAKE RELIEF – the venture of Will Atkins.

We’ve crafted a series of curved plinths to complement the CONCHA collection - created by MESEME studios from GF Smith textured and coloured papers to elevate paper as a “hero material” while exploring its unique properties.

Catch the exhibit in the ground floor reception area of the Oxo Tower’s iconic Bargehouse Building until Sunday 19 May.

The Monolith Basin System at The Splash Lab
The Monolith Basin System at The Splash Lab

The Monolith at The Splash Lab

Though our materials are no stranger to elevating bathroom and washroom settings, never before have they found such an inspired partner as The Splash Lab and their Monolith Basin System

Reflecting the desire for personalisation in interior design, alongside simplicity of function for modest maintenance and longevity, The Monolith offers controlled customisation and flexibility– both key for commercial washrooms. It also provides specification ease, thanks to a menu of built-in approvals and standardised installation—ushering in the new era of bespoke without the overheads.

At CDW, visitors can see - for the first time - The Monolith in our Alba material at The Splash Lab’s Clerkenwell Road showroom With its pared-back colour palette, sporting glimmers of a previous life through the flecks of yoghurt pot foil shimmering on its surface – it’s the perfect pairing to the bold, modular structure of the solid Monolith wash basin.

sixteen3 Milo Round table in Grey Mist
sixteen3 Milo Round table in Grey Mist

Tuk & Milo for sixteen3

During CDW, innovative furniture brand (and fellow Material Source Studio partner), sixteen3, is inviting visitors to experience its recently transformed showroom on London's Bastwick Street.

As part of the new products on display – which includes the outcome of a collaboration with Erica Wakerly – are two pieces featuring Smile Plastics materials.

The Milo coffee table, with its rounded silhouette, has been designed to add an element of creativity and intrigue to interior settings. A beautifully circular top in Grey Mist appears akin to smooth marble, and is set against slim black metal legs below, resulting in a functional item with striking form.

Tuk - a side table which simply “Tuks” itself in, is a compact and versatile piece designed to integrate with most of sixteen3’s seating ranges. Available in our Charcoal material, with a deep palette infused with navy blue, white and grey flecks, it makes quite the addition to sixteen3’s gorgeous, and environmentally conscious collections.

Orca table by Good Sheet
Orca table by Good Sheet

While we’re on the subject of furniture, start early on the design inspo during your commute to CDW and check out our collaboration with Good Sheet. As part of this stunning collection, our Charcoal material is imagined as a console table, stool/side table, and chair, and Orca is utilised for both a bench and a table – each piece exploring classical architectural proportions. See all the ranges here.

12mm Grey Mist for Architecture for a Changing World, Tottenham Court Road
12mm Grey Mist for Architecture for a Changing World, Tottenham Court Road

Architecture for a Changing World, Tottenham Court Road

If you’re visiting Clerkenwell next week and fancy broadening your horizons by venturing that little bit further, the Architecture for a Changing World gallery space on Tottenham Court Road – set up by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – is worth the short tube journey.

Pulling together key themes which collectively form an agenda for architecture as we move forward, it comprises “a curation of new ideas, calls to action, personal stories and research”, to propose solutions to the multiple very real, and urgent, interconnected issues that we face.

Contributing as a material partner, along with Fallen & Felled, who repurpose felled urban trees into hardwood timber and whose mixed species hardwood makes up the frame of the exhibition, our Grey Mist material has been used to make the shelving and tabletops housing the content atop and within.

The free exhibition is open to the public Monday - Friday, 9:00-5:30.

We hope you can join us at some point next week – our whole team will be setting up camp in London, so if you are coming along to CDW and would like to meet, please get in touch! Get your free ticket for the festival here. We’re looking forward to it!