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10/03 2017

Clerkenwell Design Week

After seven overwhelmingly successful years, the award-winning* Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival, attracting the international design community to this small but vibrant area of London for three days of exciting design events. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it one of the most important design hubs in the world.

To celebrate this talented and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week provides a world-class showcase of leading UK and international designers and brands across a diverse array of showroom events, exhibitions, live talks, workshops and installations. As the foundation for Clerkenwell Design Week, the area’s showrooms provide the festival with a stimulating programme of product launches, workshops, talks and parties held in some of the most inspiring commercial spaces in the UK.

Showrooms hold exclusive events and presentations featuring leading designers such as: Daniel Libeskind, Tom Dixon, Benjamin Hubert, Barber Osgerby, Erwan Bouroullec, Patrizia Moroso, Giulio Cappellini, Ross Lovegrove, Ron Arad, Patricia Urquiola, Michael Young and David Adjaye Launched in 2014, Additions is Clerkenwell Design Week’s buyer’s event, dedicated to small design pieces and interior accessories.

Detail – staged within the majestic Priory Church, Norman Crypt and Cloister Garden at The Order of St John in the heart of Clerkenwell – hosts brands and manufacturers that reflect the very best in craftsmanship and quality. Including bespoke furniture, collectables, surfaces and lighting, this show is an insight into the world of contemporary luxury interiors.

Set in the beautiful grounds of St James Church, Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe. Launched in 2016, Project’s first outing was so successful it has been extended to cover two linked pavilions for Clerkenwell Design Week 2017.

In it’s second year, British Collection will once again be located in the barrel roofed Crypt, of St James’s Church off Clerkenwell Green. Some of the UK’s most exciting homegrown talent will showcase their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this unique space, Allowing visitors to explore British design.

Platform recognises some of the world’s most exciting emerging design talent, with a unique curated environment for designers and brands under five years old to exhibit new collections. Platform provides a dynamic stage upon which new furniture, prototypes and product designs are presented to an informed and influential buying audience.

In its second year, Design Fields will be continuing its focus on leading international furniture, lighting and product design.

Clerkenwell Design Week is a unique event, celebrating both the world-class cluster of design businesses and the history and architecture of the area itself.

The locations for exhibitions and installations in 2017 have been carefully chosen to provide a trail through Clerkenwell, leading from Spa Fields and Exmouth Market in the North, to Farringdon Station and Cowcross Street in the South.

This is complemented by the location of over one hundred showrooms and commercial spaces, including architecture practices, galleries as well as restaurants, bars and cafes taking part in the fringe programme.

To enable visitors to easily access all of the spaces and places they want to see at CDW the beautiful festival map is available alongside a comprehensive signage and way-finding system, all complemented by Icon’s Guide to Clerkenwell Design Week and our online and data collecting resources.

Every year, Clerkenwell Design Week embraces the special character of the area by using public spaces, galleries and venues to present a wide-ranging mixture of solo shows and street installations.

Companies, sponsors and creative studios collaborate to create unique environments, one-off installations and stand out projects that define the festival’s programme and marketing campaign.

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