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Clerkenwell Design Week starts in 11 days and this year there are more than 300 events going across the whole area, new venues showcasing new product and more brands and exhibitors than ever before.

To make sure you get the best out of the 3 days, we have outlined some key trends, brands and must-visit events.

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) announces a new focus on surfaces for 2013. Covered - an entirely new exhibition space dedicated to materials for flooring and walling - will debut at Charterhouse Square. Exhibitors in the space include CDS Tiles, Corian, Giles Miller, Muraspec & Airia, Karndean, Rainleaf Design, Burmatex, and Materials Council, who will be hosting drop-in sessions for architects, advising on the latest materials and technologies.

The launch of Covered will be celebrated with a large-scale installation as part of a collaboration between ceramics designer Lubna Chowdhary and leading UK tiles supplier Domus. Chowdhary specializes in transforming spaces using hand-designed tiles, with her work guided by geometry, modularity and colour. Using Autoprogettazione - the iconic 1974 design of Italian pioneer Enzo Mari - an installation of ten tables, each tiled with Chowdhary's colourful graphic designs, will provide an inspiring focal point and prominent meeting place for visitors.


CDW sees a massive trend towards bold pattern and colour across the show with the many companies and designers showing textiles and wall coverings at this year's festival, with brands including C+C Milano, Foundation Rugs, Katy Goutefaugea, Tracey Kendall, Muraspec, and Vescom. Continually supporting emerging talent, established fabric designer and manufacturer Camira has teamed up with promising Royal College of Art graduate, Emma Shipley. She has designed a stunning fabric called Titus and Tangled, inspired by the Congolese silverback gorilla.

Debating Design:

CDW further establishes itself as a festival at the forefront of design and architecture, gathering the industries' leading minds together to share their knowledge and debate the hot topics in a series of talks and seminars.

CDW is delighted to present a wide selection of talks over the three-day event, with speakers including Tom Dyckhoff, Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola, Pearson Lloyd, Ab Rogers and Lady Frances Sorrell.

6:00pm, The Farmiloe Building, 34 St John Street,
London EC1M 4AY

Talks with 100% Design will debut its first May programme at Clerkenwell Design Week, with an architecturally focused panel discussion chaired by prominent critic and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff. 'Waterworlds' will bring together Dean of Architecture at the RCA Alex de Rijke, Architecture Foundation Director Sarah Ichioka and Duggan Morris Architects to explore their work on projects involving construction and habitation on water.

The importance of Interior Design in building a
brand with Shaun Clarkson
1:00pm, The Farmiloe Building, 34 St John Street,
London EC1M 4AY

Leading hospitality designer Shaun Clarkson - whose clients include Harvey Nichols, Pernod Ricard, Vince Power and Oliver Peyton - will talk about the importance of interior and architectural design in building a brand, including positively impacting the bottom line and the secret to his success. The event will be hosted by Creativepool, a leading online network for creative professionals.

The Future of Design in Education
10:00am, the Farmiloe Building, 34 St John Street,
London EC1M 4AY

Onoffice editor James McLachlan will join Lady Frances Sorrell of the Sorrell Foundation, London Designer Ab Rogers and Richard Green, CEO of DATA (the Design and Technology Association). The panel will discuss the future of design in education, which has recently been destabilised by proposed reforms to the curriculum.

Clerkenwell Curated:

Alongside the innovations shown by the festival's many exhibitors and showrooms, CDW is proud to present a series of curated installations and exhibitions under the banner Clerkenwell Presents. Challenging and inspiring the design community and visitors alike, these attractions have become an integral part of the three-day event, together with the Fringe events hosted by the numerous architectural, design and creative practices that make Clerkenwell the most important creative district in the UK.

Giles Miller Studio will create an installation at St Johns Gate, inspired by the unique concentration of Clerkenwell's creative community. The installation will take the form of a giant target, representing Clerkenwell as the architectural and design nucleus of London, formed of stainless steel and brass 'pixels', laid at opposing angles to reflect light in various degrees and depict subtle and intriguing patterns. A signature device of the studio, the elongated shape of these 'pixels' has been especially designed for this installation.