Clerkenwell Design Week adds to strong line-up

April 28, 2023

(UK) – Multidisciplinary artist and designer, Yinka Ilori, is the latest name added to the exciting line-up for Clerkenwell Design Week 2023, joining the likes of Sebastian Cox, and Nipa Doshi of Doshi Levien.

The 12th edition of the festival returns on 23-25 May with its biggest programme yet, featuring a total of more than 600 industry events.

Ilori has teamed up with Domus to launch his debut tile collection – Yinka Ilori x Domus, which will launch at CDW. To mark the occasion, Ilori will present a window display installation demonstrating the creative potential of the new collection. The installation will be on view at Domus Clerkenwell on Great Sutton Street.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Cox is launching his first lounge chair made in British-grown wood and upholstered in entirely natural, sustainable, and non-toxic materials. Nipa Doshi, meanwhile, will close the talks programme, Conversations at Clerkenwell, on 25 May (15.00), speaking to Kaye Preston, Editor of OnOffice, about her recent projects and the significance of colour in design across a client base that varies from furniture and accessories to textiles.

In addition to some of the best names from the industry, this year’s festival welcomes more than 300 design brands and makers exhibiting across 11 temporary venues and six design destinations.

Together with a network of over 130 local showrooms, they offer architects and specifiers, interior designers and the general public alike the opportunity to experience everything from new furniture and lighting to kitchens and bathrooms, materials and surfaces, decorative accessories, and more.

A range of decorative lighting products will be on show in a dedicated exhibition located within the subterranean House of Detention, a former Victorian prison. While Spark & Bell will launch a handmade, long bone China shade named Kinvara, Studio Lloyd, a Cape Town-based lighting studio led by designer Ashlee Lloyd, will exhibit at CDW for the first time – with some of its custom-made crochet statement sculptures including Amoeba and Sayari.

Also new to the festival is Pablo, the brainchild of industrial designer Pablo Pardo. The brand will showcase Totem, a new LED lighting system of blown opal glass shades designed around a modular platform – alongside other pieces such as T.O and Bola Lantern.

From Spain, Aromas will present its newly launched ranges, Elma by Jose Fornas and Elli by JF Sevilla; while Bioo, founded by entrepreneur Pablo Vidarte, will introduce its award-winning Bioo Lux, the world’s first lamp that can be switched on and regulated through human contact with a living plant.

Visitors to Light will also find a variety of decorative and architectural lighting designs from the likes of Lladro, Jonathan Coles, Abalon, Tom Kirk, Studio Haran, Franklite and Erco, among others.

Meanwhile, exhibiting in both Light and British Collection, Curiousa will show its new Wave chandelier made up of five hand-formed glass vessels threaded onto beams of light. Chelsom, new to the festival and one of the show sponsors, is set to unveil its brand-new collection, Edition 28, in Old Sessions House – following its 75th anniversary in 2022.

The 12th edition of Clerkenwell Design Week takes place across EC1, London from 23 – 25 May 2023.

Image: Smith's Rules, a master of letterpress, who will run a series of typography workshops in Viaduct's showroom during the festival.