Set across three days, 23-25 May 2017, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) sponsored by Renault, returns for its eighth edition, hosting the best in design from around the world and featuring a huge range of home-grown talent.
Clerkenwell Design Week has been crucial in the promotion of London’s creative industry, spotlighting Clerkenwell’s unique history, craftsmanship and commerce. Over recent years, the area has seen CDW develop increasingly collaborative relationships with the local community and public bodies, working together to enhance the recognition and importance of this world-class design cluster.
Following the successful remodelling of CDW 2016, which established new venues and routes through the show, this year’s edition will focus on refining the visitor experience and access to the extensive combination of exhibitions, installations and live events across over 100 spaces.
This May, CDW will once again define the area’s boundaries by focusing on a central spine running the length of Clerkenwell, reaching Exmouth Market to the north and Smithfield to the south. The layout follows a trail linking seven temporary exhibition spaces and a series of commissioned installations, clustered in three key areas: Design Fields, St James and St John. Specialist way-finding design agency Space Agency will bring the exhibition trail to life with a specially designed way-finding scheme, allowing visitors to easily navigate the medieval street pattern.Clerkenwell Design Week 2016
“Clerkenwell is an exciting place to live and work and its dynamism is brought to life by Clerkenwell Design Week. We’ve worked hard to develop the festival with a wide range of stakeholders, locally and internationally; 2017 promises to be another brilliant year, building on the new layout. CDW is now both a sustainable model for design events and a unique visitor experience.” – William Knight, Consultant Show Director.
With the aim of increasing footfall in the north of Clerkenwell, The Conversations at Clerkenwell series will be staged in a specially designed talks space located within Design Fields. The temporary structure is complimented by the Design Library, supported by +Halle furniture; a space where visitors can relax, refresh and recharge whilst enjoying reading a wide selection of leading design publications.
Stationed at points along the route, headline sponsor Renault will provide their fleet of electric Twizys to shuttle visitors across the show, alongside its stylish å electric vehicle.
Showcasing the latest products and concepts for contract, architecture and interior design, Clerkenwell’s showrooms are the foundation of the festival. This year, over 90 showrooms will take part and highlights include:
Arper Bloggers Lounge; the official digital hub of the festival, offering refreshments and free Wi-Fi. In collaboration with We Blog Design, Arper will host a number of enriching workshops throughout the three day event. Clerkenwell London will return this year with the Design Undefined, a selection of projects from some of the most innovative talents on the capital’s design scene, including Anthony Burrill, Alex Booker and Jordan Söderberg Mills. Ege will present Atelier, a new collection of rugs by renowned designer Christian Lacroix.
Newcomers Pentagon Tiles will be opening a new space on Leather Lane, anchoring the project within the industrial heritage of the area. Architect Simon Astrige chose metal shipping containers painted red and yellow to root them further within their context by matching the bricks of the neighbouring listings.
Albemarle Way, a concentrated area of showrooms in central Clerkenwell will be transformed, for the first time, into a pedestrian space where a series of events and installations are planned.
Exhibition – Design Fields
One of three key destinations to visit during Clerkenwell Design Week is Design Fields, located next to one of Clerkenwell’s favourite spots – Exmouth Market. Here, there will be a presentation of a diverse range of products from the best of international design.
John Lewis for Business will present a new collection by leading design duo Doshi Levien. New to CDW, MOSSwall® will debut Nature’s Wall, a monolithic installation set against the end walls of the pavilion showcasing the impact of MOSSwall® on a dramatic scale. Italian company Ethimo specialising in high-quality outdoor furnishings and décor will showcase their latest collections. Spanish-based Ondarreta will present new chair collections Lana, Contour and Bai. Additional exhibitors at Design Fields include: Abstracta, +Halle, InForm Furniture, Thonet, Zeitraum, and Tacchini.
Dezeen will also showcase shortlisted designs for their unofficial competition to design the British passport after Brexit at Design Fields.
Exhibition – Project
For the first time, Project will span two structures within the Garden of St James, hosting over 20 leading manufacturers presenting furniture, lighting and contemporary product design.
Returning to Project, LUCTRA® by DURABLE will showcase their biologically effective lighting range which is able to closely replicate daylight with its cold white and warm white LEDS. Amtico will be showcasing the new Amtico Carpet range in its entirety.
Project will also see a number of exhibitors who will be making their first appearance at CDW 2017, including: Cube Spaces who will launch two soft seating ranges for office and educational environments; Godfrey Syrett, a furniture solutions provider based in the North East of England, will celebrate their 70th anniversary with a presentation of their latest product launches including the Flexible Working collection and Zip, the company’s modular furniture solution; Moventi will be bringing a selection of exciting new designs to the show including the Taper and Metropolis collections.
Exhibition – British Collection
CDW 2017 will see the return of the British Collection which debuted last year. Located in the beautiful barrel-roofed Crypt of St James’s Church on Clerkenwell Green, the exhibition will showcase the best of British furniture, lighting and product design.
Interior and product designer Giovanna Ticciati will present the first pieces from The Trees, a new collection of unique lighting made from plaster and bronze, designed to follow the natural shapes of fallen branches foraged from the woods. Hand & Eye Studio will return to CDW for the second time, displaying their contemporary terracotta lamps, while London-based James Burleigh will debut the new Mylo benching system. Newcomers John Green Designs and Lozi will show alongside returning exhibitors; The Workshop by Minale + Mann, Very Good & Proper, Pluck and deVOL.
Exhibition – Additions
In its new location on St John Square, Additions will showcase beautiful small pieces perfect for the home. Following their first successful show at Salone del Mobile 2016, Grace Souky Design will present two stunning new collections Domestic Collectables and the Planca Side Table. Award-winning graphic artist and designer Emma J Shipley is launching her new range of cushions at CDW this year. London based Irish artist Claudine O’Sullivan, will exhibit her latest range of vibrant illustrated prints alongside her recent portfolio of client work.
Exhibition – Detail
Detail at The Order of St. John reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world.
Following their successful debut at CDW 2016, Poliform return for the launch of the Mondrian collection by Jean Maire Massaud. Inspired by the infamous Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, the collection comprises of a sofa, three coffee tables and the Stanford armchairs, all designed with a contemporary edge and elegant feel. Jean Marie will also be in conversation with Suzanne Imre, editor at Living etc on 23 May in the talks space at Design Fields.
Inspired by the Bauhaus era, the Landmark collection by Samuel Heath, launching at Detail, consists of two striking collections of taps and showers – Pure and Industrial. Swedish textile manufacturer, Svensson are set to present their spring 2017 collection, comprising of three upholstery weights and three curtain weights.
Last year, visitors to The Watermark Collection at Detail became part of the ELEMENTS design process, creating their own prototypes from almost 250,000 potential combinations of form, materials, colour and finish. 2017 sees the launch of the finished collection.
Exhibition – Platform
Set in the iconic House of Detention, Platform will display a carefully curated collection of emerging and cutting edge design.
LEGO artist David Hughes will demonstrate how LEGO can be a form of art with a playful collection of wall hung LEGO Mosaics and Sculptures featuring iconic cultural icons, art or design reimagined in LEGO form. Design Bros will present a range of its contemporary furniture. New products include the Sen Muku console table and the Marum’ dining chair.
The Norfolk-based designers Simon and Monica Cass behind par-avion will unveil new additions to their pi collection of furniture and homeware made of English-sourced materials such as bog oak, willow skein and flint. Solid Soul Design, established in 2001 by brothers Brendan and Kieron McSherry, will showcase theConcrete Soul Collection.
Icon House of Culture (Fabric)
Continuing its long tradition of hosting unique events and exhibitions at Clerkenwell Design Week, Icon Magazine will once again take over Fabric nightclub, presenting Icon House of Culture, sponsored by Bang & Olufsen. The iconic Victorian building opens its doors to a number of international design companies including; Bert Frank, Dare Studio, Di Classe, J.Adams & Co and Light Art to name but a few.
This year’s show is set to present some of CDW’s most ambitious installations including The Beacon, supported by Perspex, a 7.5m tall structure, located at the entrance to Design Fields. Inspired by the Tower of Babel, the structure will feature an internal staircase encased in a typographical design which celebrates internationalism. Visitors will be able to climb up the internal staircase to a viewing platform over-looking a cross-section where the industrial meets historical Clerkenwell.
Also in Design Fields, Buzzispace will make their UK debut of Buzzijungle, a playful elevated work-lounge space made from lacquered steel that visitors can climb, lounge and meet in.
Hakwood, a global leader in the design and manufacture of engineered wood flooring and wall tiles, will animate Clerkenwell Close with a geometric installation inspired by their new wall tile range.
Working with iconic material producer Corian, innovative multidisciplinary design group Aldworth James & Bond, who worked on the infamous Smile at London Design Festival 2016, will be designing Order, the installation for one of Clerkwenwell’s most renowned sites; the Arch of St John.
Karndean Designflooring will produce a series of installations along the Clerkenwell route. In conjunction with their new floor tile collection Kaleidoscope, each of the four objects will feature both mirror and floor tiles creating a kaleidoscopic effect.
Scale Rule will introduce the next generation design pavilion, building on the huge success of last year’s future of design pavilion, bringing together GCSE students from schools across London to respond to a challenging brief, exploring ways in which architecture and design can encourage social interaction.
As part of the Fringe programme, The Goldsmith’s Centre will open its doors to The Serendipity Studio, where they will host a series of material workshops, talks and drop in sessions. In the main event space, a large scale installation and exhibits from material specialists, engineers, architects, designers and craftspeople will be presented as a live example of serendipitous design and collaboration.
Bringing the history of Clerkenwell to life, Museum of London will curate a series of guided tours around the local area. Focussing on the past, present and future of making, the tours will be led by a range of historians, makers and curators.
Stirling Ackroyd in association with Clerkenwell’s latest agile working space Fora present A space to be brilliant, a series of design-led talks from world-renowned designers, architects and marketeers, offering an insight into the importance of design within the workspace market.