Meet UMBRELLA + FRIENDS at the Clerkenwell Design Week

Based in Clerkenwell and working with the best furniture designers and crafts people #UmbrellaAndFriends will be showcasing a bold new product collection at #CDW2018. Together with Walter Knoll, Established & Sons, Hay, +Halle, Blå Station, Gubi, Fritz Hansen, Edsbyn, Verpan, Kvadrat and Mitab.  We’ve totally transformed our showroom into the city’s best meeting place to promote the best and latest products shown at Stockholm & Milan Design Shows for the first time in London.


Umbrella+Friends host a live discussion Q & A

On Thursday Umbrella and Friends host a live discussion Q&A with signature designers from some of the partners showing in the pop-up. The content will evolve during the debate, however the host will be exploring award winning projects and product developments in the context they were created and against the specific challenges and opportunities of the day, followed by an after-party with a guest DJ.


Umbrella+Friends is collaborating with some of the most talented designers and manufactures around. Check them out and get to know why they are all part of Umbrella+Friends


We are always looking for new and funky manufacturers to showcase through promotion to the London A&D scene. This year for CDW we have decided to bring the best to Clerkenwell. We are passionate about creating a live event with a distinctive, innovative and inspirational collection, which will provide visitors with a unique experience. So this year we are delighted to announce that we have recently curated an installation of award winning products to showcase in London for CDW” – says Matt Clark, Sales Director of Umbrella Furniture.


Icons of Denmark; the London home of Danish Design for commercial interiors, have designed a large scale pavilion made entirely from GRID for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 and accompanied by Clerkenwell’s Longest Bar, again made by GRID. The Umbrella Furniture showroom will be transformed with this large scale installation, demonstrating GRID’s creative possibilities.


Architectural film partners T6 International are considered leaders in architectural film; transforming your surfaces with innovative finishes. We’ll be hosting a live wrapping experience to demonstrate the capabilities of the T6 range.


Walter Knoll is a furniture brand of modernity. The company has repeatedly made its mark on furniture history, and created classic pieces and icons of the avant-garde. Debuting in Milan: ‘The Bundle Sofa’ designed by EOOS is a design idea as simple as it is ingenious and takes the word softness to whole new level!


Established & Sons represents all that’s innovative in contemporary design. At Clerkenwell they’ll be showcasing the Filigrana Light by Sebastian Wrong, Light Light by Dimitri Bahler, Cassette sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Mauro Chair by Mauro Pasquinelli. This exciting pop-up display will also feature Zero-In by Barber & Osgerby and Stack by Raw Edges) and hopefully a large embroidered banner with artwork by Barcelona-based illustrator Alberto Terceo .


HAY creates contemporary furniture with an eye for modern living and sophisticated industrial manufacturing. They’re inspired by the stable structures of architecture and the dynamics of fashion.


The popular NEST series, designed by the renowned FORM US WITH LOVE for +HALLE, extends this spring with the introduction of the new Nest Easy sofa and Nest tables collection. Nest Easy sofa will launch worldwide simultaneously at ‘Relay Represents’ and Umbrella + Friends during CDW. Fuelled by curiosity Blå Station is known for the unexpected, yet-to-be discovered. Driven by a desire to put into production furniture that deserves a place in the market, their products have received national and international recognition.


GUBI pursues perfection with passion and courage – producing designs that stimulate the senses, are beautiful yet usable. Their philosophy is to cultivate new design talent and give overlooked icons of the past the recognition they deserve


Republic of Fritz Hansen is an exclusive, international design brand with a long history of collaborating with leading international designers to bring their visionary concepts to life – and to the spaces they help transform.


Edsbyn have a focus on delivering commercial office furniture with contemporary Nordic design and function to match the different needs in the workplace.


To celebrate the launch of VERPAN UK, they will be showcasing one of their most iconic pieces at Clerkenwell Design Week – ‘The Cloverleaf sofa’. As one of the most iconic and groundbreaking designers of his time, Verner Panton established a unique reputation for his exuberant originality and tireless experimentation.


Kvadrat have been producing contemporary high-quality textiles and textile-related products for architects, designers and private consumers to specify in public spaces and domestic interiors since 1968.


CAMPFIRE is a collection of sophisticated, surprisingly simple furniture by MITAB catering for the modern nomadic work environment. This range is inspired by the designers’ emotional response to the concept of a Campfire: an inviting, warm, informal place where people come together and share. We are excited that our pop-up exhibition will enable us to showcase a live event with a distinctive, innovative and inspirational collection, which will provide visitors with a unique experience.
Visit us at CDW: 9 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JR.


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About Umbrella Furniture
Umbrella is a workplace consultancy set up to provide architectural solutions tailored to serve the Architectural and Design Community. They support specification from the outset and develop project solutions to meet a client’s needs.