Bisley x Acrylicize

The classic metal cabinet makers let their hair down with a highly unusual installation in St Johns Square. With the artistic guidance of creative collective Acrylicize, Bisley’s famous Multidrawer cabinets where transformed into Workflow, the most organised fountain in town, delighting visitors.

In an initiative on behalf of the Make A Wish Foundation, visitors to the Workflow installation were invited to make a design related wish. The wishes varied from the desire for technologies in design to be embraced more, for designers to be paid fairly and many hoped that sustainability become more prevalent in design thinking.

Bisley x Acrylicize: Workflow

Bisley x Acrylicize: Workflow



BDG architecture + design

BDG’s Creative Director Colin Macgadie took part in two panel discussions at this years’ festival.

Coworking Communities: Building Communities within the Work Environment. (@ Humanscale) with…

  • Tanya Nathan (Soho Works)
  • Charlie Green (Office Group)
  • Alexi Marmot (ACL Bartlett & AMA)
  • George Roberts (Cushman & Wakefield) – Chair

Conversations at Clerkenwell talk (@ Goldsmith’s) with…

  • Ben Raywood (Savills)
  • Primo Orpilla (O+A studio)
  • Lev Kerimol (GLA)
  • Mark Eltringham (Workplace Insight) – Chair




One of the most active participants of Clerkenwell Design Week, Humanscale once again pulled out all the stops. The workplace experts are introded 3 new products to the UK, hosted 2 panels discussions, a comedy night and 800 people, plus an acrobat, at their closing night party.

First, the products:

Diffrient Chair

The Diffrient Smart chair is an intelligent mesh task chair engineered to provide automatic lumbar support for every user. As well as simplicity and ease of use, Diffrient Smart offers comfort, style and flexibility. Diffrient Smart was created by designer Niels Diffrient and, like Humanscale’s Liberty and Diffrient World chairs, uses Humanscale’s revolutionary Form-Sensing Mesh Technology and mechanism-free recline for perfect support for every user.


The M/Connect USB 3.0, dual-video docking station is a unique innovation that merges ergonomics and technology. Available with Humanscale’s M2M8, and M/Flex monitor arms, M/Connect gives easy access to user ports and conceals IT ports to eliminate cable clutter. M/Connect is a total workspace solution that enhances the computing experience.

Quickstand Light

The Red Dot Award-winning QuickStand Lite transforms any fixed-height desk into an active one. Its minimalist aesthetic complements any office environment and supports a variety of hardware. An adjustable keyboard and monitor arm platform provides exceptional stability while typing. An innovative counterbalance mechanism enables users to transition from sitting to standing positions with ease and encourages more movement – creating a truly active workspace.

As well as all the activities and product innovation, the Humanscale showroom was adorned by sculpture The Silver Thread, a monumental sculpture by Mustafa & Erhan Afsarolgu, built by locals Flint Fine Art.

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New to Clerkenwell and indeed the UK, IdeaPaint took a stand at CDW official venue Project in St James’ Church garden. Visitors were able to scribble and doodle all over the walls and furniture designs created in collaboration with designer Primo Orpilla of O+A studio, and US product designers Artifox.

IdeaPaint: mural by Jon Burgerman & BLIK Design Studio

IdeaPaint: mural by Jon Burgerman & BLIK Design Studio



Ultrafabrics are rolled into town in style with the Ultrafabrics® Takumi Gallery, highlighting their special American/Japanese relationship and showcasing the latest collections of high performance, tactile upholstery fabrics including Ultratech, Ultratech Eco Tech and Helix. The mobile gallery enticed festival visitors in its St Johns Square residency, not least as it was housed in one of the most iconic pieces of 20th century American design – an Airstream caravan.




USM & Marokka

A year on from their arrival in the UK, USM celebrated the festival in their Central Street showroom by creating a small zoo during Clerkenwell Design Week. Fortunately, keeping the inhabitants contained wasn’t too hard – the animals were 3D printed by emergent product design studio Marokka Design. The iconic modular storage system USM Haller was be put to use as never before to contain and display the various species visiting CDW.

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