Bear with us gang, it’s that time of year, London’s best design jamboree CDW is approaching and this post has a LOT of information in. Set across three days, 23-25 May 2017, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) sponsored by Renault,returns for its eighth edition and we CAN’T WAIT.
Following the successful remodelling of CDW 2016, 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.
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.
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. In collaboration with We Blog Design, Arper will host a number of enriching workshops throughout the three day event.
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, Design Fields will have 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. Spanish-based Ondarreta will present new chair collections Lana, Contour and Bai. Additional exhibitor sat Design Fields include: Abstracta, +Halle, InForm Furniture, Thonet, Zeitraum, and Tacchini.
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.
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.