Clerkenwell Design Week returns this May for its ninth 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.
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 including Altro, Marazzi and Erco. Click here for a full list of showroom exhibitors.
Set in seven
main venues across Clerkenwell, the Clerkenwell Design Week exhibitions are a highlight of the London design calendar.
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.
The seven exhibition 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. Make a beeline for Light, housed in the cold-store turned nightclub, which makes its CDW with a spectacular array of stand alone lighting installations.
Clerkewnwell Design Week 2018: Scale Rule Next Generation Design Pavilion, St James' Church Courtyard
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. Look out for the Scale Rule's Next Generation Design Pavilion in St James' Church Courtyard. For the third consecutive year, the Pavilion has been conceived by GCSE students in and around London. Using the Pavilion as a launch pad, the team at Scale Rule hopes the project will inspire a younger generation to work in design-related fields.
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. Click here for more information.
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:
This year, Clerkenwell Design Week has partnered 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 2018|
|Where||Clerkenwell Design Factory, 34 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4AY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
22 May 18 – 24 May 18, Times vary between events
|Price||£Free to register|
|Website||Click here for more details|