A three-day festival centered around 50 participating showrooms and four unique exhibitions, Clerkenwell Design Week (May 20 – 22) is set to showcase the latest innovations by designers and manufacturers from the UK and around the world.
“This year, there is an increased number of showrooms and exhibitors, some really interesting installations and activities to get the visitors involved, as well as our star-studded talk program,” said William Knight, show director. “We will be bringing in some of the best industry names to celebrate this important milestone in the heart of creative London. The festival is now a must-attend event in the international design calendar, attracting thousands of architects, designers, specifiers and buyers from around the world every May.”
The Campana Brothers
Integral to Clerkenwell Design Week is this year's Conversations at Clerkenwell program, which includes talks by Ron Arad, Arik Levy, The Campana Brothers and Sir Peter Cook, among others.
Newly opened showrooms participating for the first time include Sto Werkstatt, specialists in architectural cladding; Scandinavian Business Seating, who will launch the ergonomically designed Noor chair; as well as Davison Highley, Wagstaff, Gresham, Morgan and Quadrifoglio—all new to the Clerkenwell design scene.
Returning showroom partners with big plans during the festival include Brinton Carpets, presenting the Deep Grid rug, Cristian Zuzunaga, and Camira which will introduce its new fiber fabrics from nettles and flax and an up-cycled woven upholstery fabric.
Also on display will be the four key exhibitions including the Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions.
Items to be displayed at Additions
Additions is brand-new this year and will take over the Crypt on the Green at St James Church. It will be the main hub for a curated collection of small design items and home accessories targeting retail buyers, interior designers and specifiers.
The Design Factory, based at The Farmiloe Building, will play host to some of the best contemporary furniture, lighting and product design brands from the UK and around the world; Benchmark, Decode and Pinch are just a few of the names participating.
Items to be displayed at Platform
Platform will provide the perfect atmospheric backdrop for emerging young designers from around the world to exhibit their new collections including Johanna Tammasalu, Clivework, CVA Editions and Aleksandrina Rizova.
Detail, at the Order of St John, will bring together the best and most prestigious names in high-end interior design. Top of the bill this year is an exclusive collaboration between IT_All About Design, Edra and The Campana Brothers entitled From Art to Design. An exhibition of The Campana Brothers' masterpieces, as well as their designs for Edra, will be unveiled by the designers themselves at Detail.
Clerkenwell Design Week runs from May 20 – 22 at various locations around Clerkenwell, London. It is free to register and open to the public.
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