This May will see the ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) take place from May 22-24th 2018. As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival programme has been created to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant London hub which is home to a plethora of creative businesses, design consultancies, showrooms and architectural practices.
2018 will again play host to hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations. Activities will run over three days and follow a distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.
For 2018 CDW has commissioned Made Up studio to create an identity especially for the Festival. Made Up’s work is rooted in drawing, geometric shapes, isometric grids, interconnected forms, and a surreal three-dimensional aesthetic, and covers work for advertising, editorial, branding, and exhibitions.” Made Up is the illustration and type studio of Charles Williams, who says of his design for CDW:
“The idea for the CDW identity is to represent the various strands of the creative community coming together in one place – an abstract representation of Clerkenwell Design Week. We strived to create something architectural in feel, but without being too explicitly focused on any one strand of design.”
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 participating companies commit to CDW, including high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands alongside specialist manufacturers.
Showrooms already signed include:
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, lighting, luxury interiors and the best of British design.
Key brands already signed to exhibit include:
Exhibition venues from North to South:
New for 2018 is an exciting new exhibition dedicated to light. Fabric, a 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.
Situated at the northern end of Clerkenwell, Design Fields will host a busy hub, showcasing leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, as well as offering a diverse selection of places to eat and drink while exploring the district.
Hosted within the subterranean depths of The House of Detention, Platform showcases exciting up-and-coming design talent in the former remand prison. This is a rare opportunity for the public to explore part of London’s infamous history.
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 third year, British Collection will be located in the barrel roofed Crypt of St James’s Church. Up and coming designers from the UK including will showcase their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this historically rich space.
Detail can be found within 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 world of luxury interiors who will be exhibiting throughout the venue’s majestic Church, Crypt and Cloister garden
Each year, Clerkenwell Design Week presents new design projects and commissioned installations located within high profile spaces across Clerkenwell. Working with leading names in design, engineering and architecture, these projects aim to bring spectacle and energy to the district whilst pushing the boundaries of design concepts, process and material capabilities.