Published on : Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The eighth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) took place from May 23 to 25, where over 34,000 design professionals from 73 countries visited London’s creative hub. With more than 200 brands exhibiting across 7 venues and 92 showrooms, CDW further cemented itself as a key event on the international design calendar. Over 57,000 new business leads were generated during the three-day festival.
This year’s festival focussed on refining the visitor experience and access to the extensive combination of exhibitions, installations and over 300 live events. The eye-catching way-finding, designed by Space Agency and sponsored by URW++ was a vital aspect of this and guided visitors easily through the Clerkenwell Exhibition Trail, along which visitors experienced immersive installations including the ambitious 8m tall Beacon at Design Fields and The Bolt: A Celebration of Craft, an impressive structure created by Giles Miller and Shinola.
The Conversations at Clerkenwell series, sponsored by eporta, staged in a specially designed talks space located within Design Fields, included a host of design thinkers and influencers including Doshi Levien, Sebastian Cox and many more. The eighth edition also welcomed 25 fringe partners, including the Museum of London, who organised themed walks on the past, present and future of making in Clerkenwell and Craft Central who presented a collaboration with TfL, celebrating TfL’s unique heritage of design with a specially commissioned collection of thirteen brand new Underground- inspired brooches.
Daren Newton, Managing Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, commented “The eighth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week was hugely successful and has proven that the festival is a substantial player in the global design scene. The festival saw some of the best global design brands occupy the unique setting of medieval and victorian Clerkenwell and we have had brilliant responses from exhibitors and visitors alike. The new layout for the festival was cemented this year through enhanced wayfinding, making the festival a much more complete experience – aided significantly by the great weather! We are now very much looking forward to next year.”
• 34,128 total visitors
• 64% visitors were architects or designers
• Visitors from 73 countries
• 57,563 business leads captured at the show
• 300+ events
• 92 showrooms
• 209 exhibitors