Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates 10 years

March 7, 2019

(UK) – Three day festival programme tailored to reflect unique nature of culturally rich district.

Taking place from 21-23 May 2019, Clerkenwell Design Week will play host to hundreds of showrooms, fringe events, talks, workshops and installations.

As part of the line-up, Fabric nightclub will once again host the Light exhibition – dedicated to architectural and decorative lighting, for which darc is official headline sponsor. During the three-day event, the darc team will run ‘darc thoughts@CDW’ – a series of talks and presentations centred around the relationship between light and interior design.

Confirmed participants already include: dpa lighting consultants, DesignLSM, Into Lighting, Lasvit, HBA, Run For The Hills, Cameron Design House, James Roberts Design Studio, Design Plus Light, Staffan Tollgard Design Group, Kinetech, Applelec and Faber Design, with more to follow.

The regular Conversations at Clerkenwell event will take place this year, in the Moth Pavilion designed by architect Pereen d’Avoine from Russian for Fish. A vast canopy of recycled fabric will evoke the wings of a moth hovering over Spa Fields Park, as though a giant winged creature has temporarily alighted among the trees.

Highlights for 2019 include a workplace panel including Sebastian Wrong and Erwan Bouroullec, in conjunction with Established and Son’s installation for CDW, discussing how good design can shape the workplace of the future. Benjamin Hubert joins Max Fraser for a chat on his latest collaborations across the CDW event. New London Architecture showcase some outstanding work for an ongoing public housing project, including a submission by Alison Morris Architects and the talk will be chaired by Ben Derbyshire, the president of RIBA. OnOffice will host a panel session of design-innovators making a difference to wellness in the workplace.

CDW will also present Decade, a dramatic trail of ten, three-metre high candle-like beacons designed by pioneers within the creative industry as well as confirmed collaborations with brands such as Hakwood and Parkside. The installations, symbolic of birthday candles will also form part of CDW’s way-finding strategy to help guide visitors across the exhibition route whilst playfully celebrating CDW’s achievements.

With a nod to the area as London’s creative heart, each installation will showcase the designers’ individuality and imagination. For its fourth year, Scale Rule is back, engaging students from around London to create a concept which inspires visitors to take a moment and look up, by creating an arch within an arch in the historical location of St John’s Arch. This year’s winning concept plays with the idea of space and enclosure by subtly drawing on the historic form of St John’s Gate.

Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, many of whom partner with CDW, providing an array of stimulating events from talks and workshops to major installations. Coinciding with CDW’s tenth anniversary, a number of new showrooms will arrive in Clerkenwell and following its participation in Light last year, British luxury lighting brand Bert Frank will open the doors to its first showroom in EC1.

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