Clerkenwell Design Week turns 10

Clerkenwell Design Week, held every year in London in May, turns 10 in 2019. Founded 10 years ago as a platform to promote independent design, the 2018 edition welcomed over 34,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors, young designers and brands as well as major international companies, including Cappellini, Kvadrat and Moroso, to name but a few.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 – CDW Design Fields

New graphics for 10 years of CDW

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, from 21 to 23 May 2019, CDW is launching a new creative campaign, presenting the work of the duo of brothers Cai and Kyn, the designers who created the first ever identity for Clerkenwell Design Week in 2010. In addition, 10 giant, 3-metre-high candles will be scattered throughout the neighborhood, leading like beacons through the paths dotted with showrooms, studios and a number of exhibitions.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 – CDW Presents – Photo by Sophie Mutevelian

CDW Highlights

Among the highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week, CDW Presents is a selection of site-specific installations, which in 2019 are inspired by the rich and sometimes dark historical tales of Clerkenwell. In addition, Lansdown’s London will host some historical tours among clock-makers and gin distillers, to enter even more into the Clerkenwell’s atmoshpere.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 – CDW Presents – Foto di Sophie Mutevelian

The showrooms

From the 40 showrooms of the first edition of 2010, in 2019 there will be more than 100 showrooms involved in the event. These include Arper, Allermuir, Andreu World, Deadgood, Ceramiche Caesar, Flokk, Forbo, Knauf, Mapei, and many more.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 – Design Factory – Foto Jim Stephenson

The Exhibitions

There are seven main exhibitions at Clerkenwell Design Week, each with its own identity and a main subject, and hosted in different locations.
Going on in the Clerkenwell area from north to south, the exhibitions you meet are:
Design Fields – contemporary design
Platform -emerging designers in the basement of the House of Detention – ist’s also an opportunity to visit the historical London
Project – dedicated to the contract design
British Collectionfurniture, in a fascinating location – the barrel roofed Crypt of St James’s Church.
Detail – dedicated to the luxury interior design
Elements – architectural accessories
Light – lighting installations and innovative products

In the photogallery, some images form the past editions of Clerkenwell Design Week


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