March 4, 2019
KI House, Popup Showroom, 8-9 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DE
Clerkenwell Design Week 2019, 21-23 May 2019
KI, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of workplace and education furniture, will showcase a range of the new UK designed & manufactured products at its Clerkenwell Design Week debut in 2019. The pop-up showroom at the landmark Paxton Locher House on Clerkenwell Green will have on display:
800 Series modular shelving system
KI storage, reinvented. Standalone or compatible with KI’s 800 Series steel storage system, this modular shelving can be configured in infinite ways to suit multiple applications. Constructed with steel tubing and steel links, it can be fully powder-coated in a variety of colours. Further enhancements such as work surfaces, desks, MFC boxes, soft seating and steel shelves can be integrated for increased functionality and elegance.
Work2.1 Sit-Stand workstations
Building on the success of KI’s Work2 Sit-Stand collection, this enhanced and highly cost-competitive range benefits from co-designed improvements achieved with clients over numerous large projects across the UK and Europe. New features include an expanded inventory of sophisticated, high capacity cable management solutions, sliding tops and horizontal tool rails.
Grafton seating collection
Created for colleges and higher education environments, this collection of seating features a distinctive backrest and is available in a sophisticated palette of polypropylene colours. These chairs can be specified with a variety of bases, tablet arms and upholstery, ideal for active learning environments.
This new stackable one-piece polypropylene chair is designed for cafe, dining and multipurpose spaces. Available in a range of colours, these chairs are elegant, comfortable and light.
Some of KI’s most popular and innovative products will also be featured during the event, including Sway2 lounge chairs, Postura+ and Ruckus chairs. A selection of Take5 lounge seating and the new Grafton chairs will also be on display upholstered in new, highly durable Bute Fabrics that have been created for the contract market.
In addition to the portfolio of KI products, there will be an installation by designer Freyja Sewell. A past recipient of the annual KI Award and graduate of the Royal College of Art, Freyja has created the versatile, beautiful ‘Kumo Baffle’ – an acoustic treatment made with PET felt that can be mounted to walls or ceilings. Sure to prove popular on Instagram, this modular system draws on biophilic design theory by creating organic a-symmetric patterns reminiscent of clouds or leaves.
About Bute Fabrics
Bute Fabrics, the innovative textile design and manufacturing company based on the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland, is known for its visionary colour palette and beautiful use of texture. The Bute name has always been an assurance of sustainability, quality and durability, recognised worldwide. Established by the 5th Marquess of Bute in 1947 to provide employment for returning servicemen and women at the end of WW2, the mill has historically been known for woven woollen upholstery fabric for the contract interiors market. Although still a key part of the business, its reach now extends to a range of sectors, encompassing, for instance, theatre auditoria, luxury home interiors, restaurants, hotels and fashion accessories. www.butefabrics.com
About Freyja Sewell
Freyja Sewell is a designer who creates for the mind. Much of her work is aimed at facilitating privacy and mindfulness with-in our increasingly hectic and connected world. She explores this through both traditional furniture and cutting-edge technologies, creating spaces and tools for increased metacognition and mental wellbeing. Freyja graduated from 3D Design at Brighton University in 2011. During her degree, she won a scholarship to Nagoya University of Arts, which provided an inspiring insight into Japanese design culture, a core continuing source of inspiration in both her personal and professional life. Her HUSH chair is in production by Raskl Design and has been part of multiple exhibitions and articles. In 2012 she was awarded the London Design Museum Residency and her past clients include Selfridges and Unilever. Freyja completed a masters in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2018, during which time she received a KI Award for her final project, Sangha. www.freyjasewell.co.uk