Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

It is impossible to summarise all the great stuff going on at Clerkenwell Design Week 23 to 25 May. So here is just a brief taster with lots of links to help you plan your time at the show – I hope to see you there

Let’s start with the Design Destinations, these are key areas of the festival that the organisers have designated as creative hubs. Cowcross Yards will host a number of brand activations and pop-up showrooms; Architectural glazing specialists HYLINE are taking over The Goldsmiths’ Centre and Groupwork will be hosting Case furniture in the distinctive 15 Clerknewell Close. Danish Furniture Brand Softline is taking over architecturally innovative Paxton Locher House, Portaire will host an interactive exhibition of material innovation at Bourne & Hollingsworth Studios and there will be a variety of brands and fringe partners in Brewhouse Yard.

The talks programme at CDW is always varied and informative. This year, London-born-and-bred artist and designer Morag Myerscough kicks off the festival’s Conversations at Clerkenwell, in Spa Fields on Tuesday 23 May. Further highlights include Pantone discussing colour trends for home interiors, a BIID panel discussion on the rise of hybrid hospitality spaces and I will be interviewing the fascinating sound designer Yuri Suzuki on the 24th May, so I hope you will join the audience for that.

Exhibition venues will be dotted across EC1 these include Design Fields with its pick of international brands; Light (in the subterranean House of Detention) showcasing international lighting brands; Project is all about contract furniture; Elements, at St John’s Square, features architectural hardware; British Collection is in the atmospheric crypt of St James’s Church; and Platform will be the place to spot emerging talent.

There are also 150 showrooms taking part, many hosting events such as workshops, talks, parties even yoga. But don’t worry if this all seems a bit daunting, the bright pink exhibition route will be well marked out, taking you past a number of specially designed art installations along the way.

Register free for Clerkenwell Design Week here and the map is here

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