Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) has announced the eighth edition taking place on 23-25th May 2017. As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival has been modelled to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant and creative London hub.
Clerkenwell Design Week
Following the success of last year’s event which introduced a new layout to over 34,000 visitors, 2017 will again play host to hundreds of design-led exhibitions, showroom presentations, talks and installations. Activities will run over 3-days with unique exhibitions spanning north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.
New Visual Identity
Clerkenwell Design Week has taken a bold new direction for the festival’s 2017 creative campaign. 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.
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:
- Clerkenwell London
- Scandinavian Business Seating
- Ege Caroets
- Jennifer Newman
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:
- Harlequin & Scion
- Emma J Shipley
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.
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.
Exhibition venues from North to South
Situated at the northern most point of the festival, Design Fields will host a busy hub, showcase live events and product exhibitions showcasing leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, representing the best of contemporary international design.
Hosted at The House of Detention, Platform showcases of some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent in the infamous subterranean remand prison.
Set in the Garden of St James within the beautiful grounds of Clerkenwell’s parish church, Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe.
Now in its second year, British Collection will be located in the barrel roofed Crypt of St James’s Church. Some of the UK’s most exciting home grown talent will showcase their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this unique space.
Detail can be found underneath the Garden & Crypt of the Order of St John. Detail reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world.
Additions is dedicated to small design pieces and interior accessories. The show, which for 2017 will move to a street-market style pavilion within St John’s Square, is a festival hotspot for interior designers and retail buyers.
Icon House of Culture
Within the former cold-store turned world famous nightclub’s impressive brick vaults, the infamous Fabric will again host Icon House of Culture, this year featuring a careful selection of top international lighting and design brands with the show’s first stand-alone lighting show.