UK, London. For its fifth year, award-winning Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) has announced that it will return with a new structure for 2014. Having achieved record success last May, the three-day festival will be recurated into four more focused exhibitions that will once again be housed in Clerkenwell’s unique historic buildings, this year from 20 to 22 May.

The Farmiloe Building, the hub of CDW, will present high-profile international brands as the ‘Design Factory’, the Priory Church at the Order of St John will be labelled ‘Detail’ and be the home of high-end interiors and decoration, and The House of Detention, an old Victorian prison and CDW’s most atmospheric venue, will showcase talented up-and-coming designers as ‘Platform’. This year will also see a new section called ‘Additions’, which will take over the Crypt on the Green at St James Church and exhibit small design pieces and accessories. Alongside these four central venues, Clerkenwell’s numerous showrooms will partner with the festival and once more open their doors to the public. The district’s showrooms, studios and galleries will showcase the most innovative projects in architecture and design, while bringing the festival together by hosting various talks, seminars and workshops with leading industry specialists.

For a festival that only started five years ago, CDW has become one of the foremost design events (and one of SuperyachtDesign’s favourites), consistently increasing its influence and reach in the international architecture and design arena. In 2013, CDW saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of visitor registrations from 2012. Of the 54,000 visitors registered, 27 per cent were architects and developers, 21 per cent were interior designers, 22 per cent were product designers and manufacturers, and 11 per cent were buyers and retailers. Last year also saw a 7 per cent rise in international visitors with people attending from over 100 countries.

Details of specific exhibitors and events will be announced over the coming months, but with past years seeing the likes of Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola, Giulio Cappellini and Ross Lovegrove participating, you can be sure that this year will be another unmissable event.

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