Getting Creative in Clerkenwell!

In May, it will be 9 Years of Clerkenwell Design Week…


Celebrating its 9th year next month, Clerkenwell Design Week is now well established as one of the UK’s leading Independent Design Festivals.  This quirky part of London has the highest density of Designers, Architects and creatives than anywhere else in the world!  Clerkenwell is therefore, clearly the obvious location for such an important industry event.

From 22-24 May 2018 Clerkenwell will once again become the home to an array of unusual and creative street spectacles. Don’t forget the open studios and workshops as well.  If you are not already aware, there are over 90 resident design showrooms and pop-ups; as well as a multitude of exhibitions, fringe shows and plenty of opportunities for networking. Hence, Clerkenwell Design Week is a ‘must-attend’ event for Interior Designers in May!


Glaze Pavilion, Installation by Cousins and Cousins  Pic Courtesy of Cousins and Cousins


Clerkenwell’s Quirky Charm…

Clerkenwell Design Week makes the most of the local area’s special ‘character’. Designers and the public can view the diverse mixture of shows and street installations via the local public spaces, galleries and bohemian local venues .  Attracting almost 35,000 visitors, Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 truly promises to create quite a buzz!  If you planning to visit, then most important of all, plan your visit. See below for an area map and the attractions during CDW!


Map of Clerkenwell Design Week Events




The ‘Light Exhibition’ will once again be held at the popular London night-spot Fabric.  (a famous former cold-store turned nightclub.)  The venue will host a collection of top international lighting brands with spectacular lighting installations.  Brands exhibiting will include Brokis, Karven, Nulty Bespoke and Mark Wood Studio.


The ‘British Collection Exhibition’ will once again be located in the Crypt of St James’s Church just off Clerkenwell Green.  Furniture, lighting and product designs from some of the UK’s up and coming homegrown talent will be showcased alongside the ‘Project’ exhibition.  This will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the very best in British design.


Solar Tree at Clerkenwell Design Week 24/5/12 Pictures by Ashley Bingham.  Pic Courtesy of Ross Lovegrove




The Showrooms are the real foundation for Clerkenwell Design Week.  They provide workshops, product launches and plenty of opportunities for parties too!  The Showrooms also hold exclusive events and presentations featuring designers such as, Monsieur Christian Lacroix, Ross Lovegrove, Tom Dixon and Benjamin Hubert to name but a few.

Interior Furniture and Accessories exhibitors include: Anna Hayman Designs, Casca Interiors, eporta and Samuel Heath amongst a whole host of others.  Pop-up showrooms from suppliers such as Colebrook Bosson Saunders, Guialmi, ercol and Parkside will provide us Interior Designers with all the inspiration we need for the summer and autumn seasons ahead!




In conclusion, this year a Screen Press Installation will be situated outside Farringdon Station, where visitors to CDW can bring unwanted tote bags to get them customised with designs created by Chelsea College of Arts students.  This is an effort to address the issue of surplus tote bags replacing unsustainable plastic bags. We for one, think this is an especially relevant and great idea!


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