I went to Clerkenwell Design Week 2024 and this is what I spotted

Row of basins with mirrors illuminated with green light

Clerkenwell Design Week is such a fun festival to explore – even under the pouring rain. Between visiting showrooms and seeing their exhibits, and enjoying beautiful demonstrations, it is the place to be if you love all things interiors.

There were quite a few exciting trends and releases that caught my eye during Clerkenwell Design Week 2024 – from metallic finishes and illuminated mirrors to playful basins.

Intrigued? Fear not, I’m here to report back. Let’s begin, shall we?

Golden basin mixers against marble surface at Clerkenwell Design Week 2024.
Graff’s Harley collection is filled with golden accents.

Trend alert: metallics

Metallic finishes stole the show, with many of the brands opting for polished surfaces to add a touch of luxury to their products – think everything from nickel and brushed brass to stunning gold. The likes of Graff, Gessi, Egger and Rak Ceramics fully embraced this trend.

Personally, I fell in love with Gessi’s glamorous Perle washbasin mixers. Inspired by jewel pearls, the designs looked more like tiny, precious Fabergé eggs and much less like bathroom essentials – one for the wishlist.

Three basin mixers in hues of gold with little pearl on top.
Gessi has released Perle, a luxurious basin mixer collection.

Clever technology

Technology was a big component at Clerkenwell Design Week 2024, with new collections being at their most sophisticated.

Iris Ceramica Group’s innovative Hypertouch technology was among those that stood out to me. Controlled by subtle, transparent icons on the ceramic surface, this smart feature allows parts of the surface to rise and fall as you choose, bringing oodles of creativity into your space.

Grey ceramic surface with rise-and-fall feature, controlled by a touch button at Clerkenwell Design Week 2024.
Iris Ceramica Group showcased the sleek Hypertouch feature during Clerkenwell Design Week.

Light-up mirrors

From round or square to small or oversized, there were so many fancy mirrors to choose from that I honestly started thinking of buying a new one for my bathroom. The best part? They were all emanating light.

Mirrors equipped with LED lighting were everywhere at the show. One of my favourites was the circular, back-lit Corona mirror by Dansani, which echoes a bright sphere, seemingly floating away from the wall. Once you hit the touch control, its lighting brightens up the entire wall, giving it a soft glow.

Back-lit mirrors and blue vanity and cupboards against peach-coloured wall at Clerkenwell Design Week 2024.
Dansani’s circular mirror lights up the entire room.

Statement basins

Playful basins had their moment at Clerkenwell Design Week 2024. When they weren’t minimalistic and white (combined with metallic mixers), basins were extra-jolly, made of terrazzo or painted in cheerful colours.

Kast’s concrete basins at the West One Bathrooms showroom looked like candy – very stylish at that – while designs by Synk stood out thanks to their fun terrazzo surfaces.

Green revolution

Lastly, it was nice to see more brands caring about the environmental impact of their products. Many of them have released entire eco-conscious collections or incorporated sustainability within their new launches. Brands like Egger, Uncommon Projects, Neolith and Iris Ceramica Group were all part of the green revolution.

I loved Iris’s Active Surfaces, which have turned a simple ceramic slab into an eco-active material. They are manufactured in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) zero-emissions production plants and are fully recyclable. At the same time, Neolith keeps minimising the amount of crystalline silica in its surfaces and uses 100% natural raw materials which makes its surfaces completely recyclable.

Pistachio fluted vanity unit with marble surface on top.
Neolith’s surfaces are made of entirely sustainable materials.
White ceramic surface with veins, and two white ceramic plates on top, showcasing tarts and fruit.
Iris Ceramica Group’s Active Surfaces are fully recyclable.

Featured image: Gessi’s showroom at Clerkenwell Design Week 2024

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