The fourth annual Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will welcome over 200 designers and manufacturers from Britain and across the globe, as they showcase their latest designs against the extraordinary backdrop of historic Clerkenwell. With an enhanced format including increased exhibition spaces, an array of curated projects and a rolling programme of talks and seminars from leading design experts, the three-day festival is firmly established as one of the most influential and innovative events on the international design calendar.
In addition to the fifty-strong community of furniture showrooms, CDW’s exhibition venues represent centuries of the area’s history. The Farmiloe Building, a former Victorian merchants’ warehouse, will play host to high-profile international brands; The House of Detention, a subterranean Victorian prison, will form the festival’s hotspot for new designers, and the 12th century crypt and charming garden of the Priory of the Order of St. John, will act as the hub for interior decoration trends. For 2013 ‘Covered at Charterhouse Square’ will also be launched – a pop-up venue in one of Clerkenwell’s many open spaces showcasing surfaces brands for the resident A&D community.
2013 sees a huge number of brands returning to the festival including Vitra, Knoll, Boss, Domus Tiles, Deadgood, Dare Studio, Jennifer Newman, Muuto, Magis, Zanotta, Johnson Tiles, Dezeen and many more. The event also witnesses a vast number of newcomers as more and more brands take residence in Clerkenwell realising its importance as a key creative hub in the UK and CDW as one of the most important events on the design calendar. Newcomers to the festival include: Arper, Brintons, Royal Mosa, Foscarini, Vitamin, Holloways of Ludlow, Se London, Plumen, Sharon Marston, CDS Tiles… the list goes on.
Talks, debates and parties will take place across the festival with renowned names including Tom Dyckhoff, Patricia Urquiola, The Bouroullec Brothers, Martin Ballendat, Christophe Egret, Shin Azumi, Kirsten Zumstein, Sam Jacobs, Sam Hecht and Sarah Ochioka speaking at various events, with more to be announced
Each year CDW commissions and works with various design and architecture studios to create one off installations for the event. This year they will be working with Assemble Studio, Design Exquis, Mobile Studio, Architecture for Humanity and LubnaChowdhary and Giles Miller with more to be announced. The headline sponsor Jaguar, will this year be working on a top secret competition with the RCA with more to be announced soon.
Register for free entry here.