Clerkenwell Design Week witnesses a glorious ninth edition

Published on : Wednesday, May 16, 2018

AZ5Y8392_previewThis May saw the ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) took place from May 22-24, 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 again played host to hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations. Activities ran over three days and followed a distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.


New Graphics

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, provided 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 signed for the show include:
•    Moroso
•    Arper
•    Hansgrohe UK
•    Muuto
•    Kvadrat
•    Humanscale
•    Isomi
•    Flokk
•    Naughtone
•    Morgan


Exhibition venues from North to South:

CE6I9059_previewNEW Light

New for 2018 was an exciting new exhibition dedicated to light. Fabric, a former cold-store turned nightclub, hosted within its brick vaults an exhibition of top international lighting brands showing the latest collections, cutting edge and innovative new products and presented spectacular stand- alone lighting installations.


NEW Elements

New for 2018, Elements brought 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.


Design Fields

Situated at the northern end of Clerkenwell, Design Fields hosted a busy hub, showcasing leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, as well as offered a diverse selection of places to eat and drink while exploring the district.



Hosted within the subterranean depths of The House of Detention, Platform showcased exciting up-and-coming design talent in the former remand prison. This was a rare opportunity for the public to explore part of London’s infamous history.


British collection

Now in its third year, British Collection was be located in the barrel roofed Crypt of St James’s Church. Up and coming designers from the UK including showcased their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this historically rich space.



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.



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