Clerkenwell Design Week returns in May 2019 for its tenth edition. With new product designers, exhibitions, workshops and installations that showcase the best in international design on display, Clerkenwell is London's thriving hotspot for discovering emerging talent.
Activities run over the duration of the three-day festival and follow a distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.
Showrooms and product launches
Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms who partner with Clerkenwell Design Week to create a diverse programme of topic-led events including talks, workshops and product launches. Expect to see pop-up showrooms curated by high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands. We recommend:
Established & Sons
Fora Clerkenwell, Dallington Street, London, EC 1V 0LN
British brand Established & Sons is a leading platform for experimental contemporary design and they are debuting a new collection of products which inspire new ways of working at home and in the office. See the new Grid Sofa by French design duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the KD TABLE and BEAM TABLE by German designer Konstantin Grcic and the Lucio Chair by British designer Sebastian Wrong.
4 Helmet Row, London, EC1M 3JB
This Danish furniture brand strives to rethink Scandinavian design to create timeless pieces.
67 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3JB
The luxury UK lighting brand are opening their new showroom showcasing designs which evoke both Art Deco and industrial-inspired aesthetics.
Set in seven
main venues across Clerkenwell, the Clerkenwell Design Week exhibitions are a highlight of the London design calendar. These spaces showcase today's leading international contemporary product designers, the very best of up-and-coming global and home-grown talent, a display of the leading contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe as well as a diverse range of interior accessory brands for luxury interiors.
This year, the seven main Clerkenwell Design Week exhibitions are: Design Fields (Spa Fields); Platform (House of Detention); Project (Garden of St James's Church); Elements (St John's Square); British Collection (Crypt on the Green); Detail (The Order of St John); and Light (Fabric Nightclub), a CDW newcomer.
Clerkenwell Design Week Presents
Every year Clerkenwell Design Week presents a curated selection of new design projects and street spectacles that are commissioned specially for the festival. Inviting some of the leading thinkers in the industry, these projects aim to push the boundaries of what design means to us today. We recommend:
Locations across Clerkenwell
Look out for a collection of 10, individually-designed beacons created by pioneers within the creative industry to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CDW.
fabric nightclub, 77A Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6HJ, 10:00 to 16:00
Glass gateways depict macro photographs of the eyes of homeless people. Through AR technology, the artist Beau Kerouac invites visitors to confront the wide gaps in our society. A percentage of the sale for each artwork will be donated to Julian House, a charity which supports the homeless.
Clerkenwell Design Week offers a comprehensive programme of talks, workshops, discussions and debates pegged around leading topics in the design world today. All talks and product launches are held across the participating showrooms and fringe venues at CDW. We recommend:
Flokk x Ruth Tomlinson
Flokk 63 Central St, London EC1V 3AF, 23 May, 10:00 – 16:00
Jewellery designer Ruth Tomlinson has dedicated two decades to crafting 'wearable treasures'. She will be in the Flokk showroom allowing visitors to watch her creating modern heirlooms.
Conversations at Clerkenwell
Moth Pavilion, Spa Fields Park, London, ECR 0JX
Immerse yourself in in-depth talks with leading figures of the design industry. The programme includes live Q&A’s with London textile designer Neisha Crosland, a discussion on colour trends with SBID’s Colour Council and an exploration into innovators working to enhance wellness in the workplace.
Clerkenwell is also home to a host of budding young architects, branding agencies and craft studios. In celebration of Clerkenwell Design Week, a number of local practices throw open their doors to the festival’s visitors and host workshops, displays and installations. It's set to be an interactive extravaganza, so do plan ahead.
Where to eat at Clerkenwell Design Festival:
Clerkenwell Design Week is partnering with 25 local cafes, bars and restaurants, who all offer festival-goers a variety of discounts and deals, redeemed by showing your pink lanyard.
This bespoke showcase of workshops, talks, exhibitions viewings and drop-in sessions celebrates London's exceptional craftsmanship, cultural heritage, diversity, innovation and design-talent.
|What||Clerkenwell Design Week 2019|
|Where||Clerkenwell Design Factory, 34 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4AY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
21 May 19 – 23 May 19, Times vary between events
|Price||£Free to register|
|Website||Click here for more details|