Clerkenwell Design Week is next week! 23-25 May 2017

The bustling area in London is home to the most amount of designers and architects in any square mile (on the planet)!

This will be its eighth year and has a new layout which will see over 34,000 visitors attend exhibitions, installations, showroom presentations and talks.

The new visual identity aims to bring to life the excitement behind one of the UK’s key design calendar moments – reflected in its ranking as the no. 1 UK design event on Dezeen’s 2016 Hot List.

Here’s what’s happening this year:

Showrooms

Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, many of whom partner with CDW, providing a world-class foundation to the festival, through an array of stimulating topic-led events including talks, workshops, installations and product launches. Over 90 participating companies commit to CDW, including high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands alongside specialist manufacturers.

A selection of showrooms taking part:

  • Arper
  • Clerkenwell London
  • Mosa
  • bulthaup
  • Scandinavian Business Seating
  • Bene
  • Desso
  • Ege Caroets
  • Porcelanosa
  • Milliken
  • Jennifer Newman

Exhibitions

Hosting design brands without a permanent presence in Clerkenwell, CDW’s exhibitions are hosted in distinctive spaces around the area linked by a route running through the centre of EC1. There are seven exhibitions, each with a different curatorial focus, ranging from cutting edge international design, to emerging talent, luxury interiors and the best of British design. Just some of the key brands already confirmed to exhibit include:

  • Thonet
  • Tacchini
  • Ondaretta
  • Dietiker
  • Palau
  • Poliform
  • Svensson
  • Dedar
  • Harlequin & Scion
  • Emma J Shipley

CDW Presents

Each year, Clerkenwell Design Week presents new design projects and street spectacles, commissioned especially for the festival to sit within high profile spaces across the district. Working with some of the key pioneers in design, engineering and manufacture, these projects aim to activate the local streets whilst pushing the boundaries of design concepts, process and material capabilities.

Fringe

As well as hosting an abundance of furniture and interiors showrooms, Clerkenwell is also home to a variety of other creative practices including architects, branding agencies and craft studios. In celebration of Clerkenwell Design Week, a selection of 25 of these local practices throw open their doors to the festival’s visitors and host workshops, displays, talks and installations. In addition, 25 local restaurants and bars will participate in the festival with special menus and offers for CDW visitors.

One of Aura’s highlights

Platform, House of Detention Returning to the subterranean House of Detention, Platform will showcase some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent. Set in the atmospheric underground Victorian dungeon just above Clerkenwell Green, Platform creates a striking backdrop for a curated collection of emerging and cutting-edge design. New company 84 Designs have used their traditional carpentry skills to create ergonomic and stylish tables, and will launch their first product the ‘One and a half table’ at CDW. Specialising in gilded glass and Venetian plaster, MIMAI LAZULITE will present their first range of églomisé box shelves together with gilded framed mirrors. Designed exclusively for CDW, they will also feature two large surface panels, one with gilded glass and one with Venetian plaster. Combining old and new skills, Belgian brand Pinscher® will use innovative methods of incorporating natural materials with lightweight aluminium supports in their elegant table designs. Other brands include: Design Bros, Casa Botelho, Levello, MySlouch, Solid Soul Design along with others.

Looking for something high-end?

Detail, The Order of St John

Reflecting the principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, this is the venue to head to for high-end decorative interior products. To mark the unveiling of their complete Serafina collection, 5 luxury British furniture design and manufacturer company Michael Northcroft will take over the crypt of St John’s church in an exciting collaboration with lighting consultancy Nulty. Renowned for their vibrant textiles and wall coverings, Dedar are returning for the second year to CDW. They will be introducing a new range of bold patterned fabrics alongside fire retardant textiles dedicated to the hospitality sector. Exhibitors Cane-Line will showcase their luxury outdoor garden and patio furniture in the magnificent Cloister Garden.

Follow the event on Instagram:@clerkenwelldesignweek