Designer    Exhibition 14 Mar 2018

Clerkenwell Design Week is only two months away – here’s a preview of what’s in store…

Commencing this year on 22nd May, one of the industry’s most prominent events – Clerkenwell Design Week – will draw top names and brands to gather in London’s hot hub of interior design, Clerkenwell.

Now in its ninth year, the festival has become widely renowned for reflecting the unique and vibrant nature of this inner-city design district, and playing host to a plethora of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations. Activities will run over a three-day period, from 22nd – 24th May and follow a distinct trail north to south, from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.

Who, where and what?

Alongside the insightful talks and fantastic fringe events, there are two key elements to keep an eye on during Clerkenwell Design Week: the showrooms and the exhibitions.

Forever bustling with busy design-lovers, a myriad of local resident showrooms will open their doors during May’s event, and provide a stimulating array of new products and inspirational designs. The key kitchen and bathroom showrooms already planning for the public’s arrival, include:

  • Cosentino City London
  • DeVOL Kitchens
  • Hansgrohe UK
  • British Ceramic Tile
  • TOTO
  • Parkside

As well a stunning showrooms, Clerkenwell Design Week would scarcely stand to be without its stream of inspiring exhibitions; each of which is hosted in a distinctive space, and is handily linked by a route running through the centre of EC1. This year’s exhibitions, from north to south, include:

  • New light: dedicated, as its name suggests, to new and innovative lighting designs, the former cold-stone turned nightclub, Fabric, will host a variety of international lighting brands.
  • New Elements: A new addition for 2018, Elements brings together a selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories in a street-market inspired showcase in St John’s Square.
  • Design Fields: Furniture, lighting and product designers will all be ‘strutting their stuff’ at the Northern end of Clerkenwell.
  • Platform: Boasting an ambience like no other, the Platform exhibition will showcase up-and-coming design talent in the historical, former remand prison, The House of Detention.
  • Project: Following the theme of embracing nature, Clerkenwell’s parish church will play host to the Project exhibition this year, and showcase some of the finest contract furniture, lighting and surface brands on the market.
  • British Collection: In another powerfully atmospheric location, the Crypt of St James’ Church, up-and-coming UK designs will showcase their latest and greatest product designs.
  • Detail: Showcasing the world’s most prestigious names in luxury interiors, the Detail exhibition will enliven the church, crypt and Cloister garden of the Order of St John.
  • CDW Presents: Each year Clerkenwell Design Week presents design projects and commissioned installations across the district, which aim to bring an essence of spectacle and energy to the proceedings, while breaking the boundaries of capabilities.

And while the focus will of course be on the cool and contemporary new designs sprouting from various brands across the district, Clerkenwell Design Week itself has also undergone a makeover, by graphics company Made Up. Charles William, the mind behind Made Up studio, explains Clerkenwell’s new branding: “The idea for the CDW identity is to represent the various strands of the creative community coming together in one place – an abstract representation of Clerkenwell Design Week. We strived to create something architectural in feel, but without being too explicitly focused on any one strand of design.”

For more information about the events and exhibitors at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, keep an eye out for our regular updates and exclusive sneak peaks…

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