Ninth Edition of Clerkenwell Design Week

Set across three days, 22nd – 24th May 2017, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) returns for its ninth edition, hosting some of the best in design from the UK and beyond, and featuring a wide range of talent from the area from young entrepreneurial start-ups to well established design practices.

CDW Presents

Each year, Clerkenwell Design Week displays new projects and commissioned installations located within high profile spaces across Clerkenwell. This year, sustainability is a key theme with a major project being Your Tote Counts. Chelsea College of Art, in partnership with CDW, is addressing the issue of a surplus of cotton tote bags replacing plastic bags. In 2008 the UK Environment Agency (UKEA) published a study of resource expenditures for various bags: paper, plastic, canvas, and recycled-polypropylene tote bags, and found that cotton tote bags exhibited the highest and most severe global-warming potential by far since they require more resources to produce and distribute. A Screen Press installation will be situated outside Farringdon Station, where visitors can bring unwanted totes to be customised with designs created by Chelsea College of Art students giving them new life. Proceeds will go to the CDW 2018 charity partner, Maggie’s, which opened at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 2017 with donation points located throughout Clerkenwell. An exhibition at Design Fields will display a collection of favourite tote bags, chosen by a selection of designers and design writers.

Your Tote Counts

 – a number of architectural practices including TDO Architecture, have been commissioned to create wayfinding sculptures in polystyrene that will be situated around Clerkenwell during the week.  The sculptures will be produced by Bakers Patterns studio which specialises inpolystyrene model making and manufacturing.   Polystyrene is one of the most sustainable of materials as it can be endlessly recycled.  Creative Director of CDW Max Fraser says “Polystyrene is considered one of the ‘bad’ materials of our time as it can’t be recycled through regular municipal recycling schemes. However, if the material is sent back to the manufacturer, it is 100% recyclable (98% of it is air). So we are commissioning these beacons at CDW with their end-of-life destination fully diverted from landfill”.Pipe Line – talented young designer Lou Corio Randall graduated from Kingston University in 2017 with a BA in product and furniture design.  His Pipe Line pieces will be exhibited throughout Clerkenwell demonstrating a new and colourful approach to street furniture, from bike racks to benches, all formed using a single continuous curved line of steel.

Kinetech Design in collaboration with Amari Interiors

Design Studio Timorous Beasties, renowned for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpaperswill be celebrating the tenth anniversary of its collaboration with Brinton Carpets.  A specially built pavilion in St John’s Square, designed by Mark Shaw of Shaw Architects, will showcase a brand new collection of carpets inspired by nature, unveiled for the first time during CDW.


CDW’s exhibitions are hosted in distinctive spaces around the area linked by a route running through the centre of EC1. New for 2018 is an exciting new exhibition dedicated to light. Fabric, former cold-store turned nightclub, will host within its brick vaults an exhibition of top international lighting brands showing the latest collections, cutting edge and innovative new products and presenting spectacular stand-alone lighting installations. New for 2018, Elements will bring together a leading selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories within a street-market style pavilion on St John’s Square, becoming a go-to destination for designers looking for the perfect final finish.

Pipe Line by Lou Corio Randall


Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, many of whom partner with CDW, providing an array of stimulating events from talks and workshops to major installations. Over 90 companies will be participating in CDW 2018, including high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands alongside specialist manufacturers.  2018 sees several new showrooms making their debut at CDW including Mater, Lintex, Casala, Senator, Bisley, Ultra Fabrics and Kvadrat Soft Cells while established showrooms such as Modus, Haworth, Moroso, Orangebox and Cappellini will once again play a major part over the week with a rich programme of daily events.

Conversations at Clerkenwell

In partnership with Mapei, Conversations at Clerkenwell remains an important area to introduce and discuss new products, raise industry issues and network.  Those taking part in the 2018 programme include Moroso’s Art Director, Patrizia Moroso, who will give a talk focused around the textile workshop that will be hosted in the Moroso showroom for the duration of the event.  Design heavyweights Seymour Powell will explore hospitality design, including their work in bringing Chef Heston Blumenthal’s ideas to life in a session called ‘The Magic of Hospitality’ while Creative specialists, Territory Studio, will take part in a panel discussion entitled ’Future Cities’ – the session will include a behind the scenes look at the studio’s work on visualising the future – be it for films, games, entrepreneurs and with a glimpse into how Clerkenwell may look in 2049.

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