UK, London. Clerkenwell Design Week will be returning from 19-21 May 2015 for its sixth consecutive year. With visitor numbers in excess of 30,000 in 2014, event organisers hope to build on its growing reputation as a hub for commercial and public contemporary design, installation and architecture. Showcasing the best of British and International design talent, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) exhibits a wide variety of products in an even wider variety of styles and venues.
This year welcomes a new set of talented designers, craftsmen and architects ready to create wonderful installations and engage the public. Among these is Swiss design studio Gruppe, which will be reimagining the boundaries of Clerkenwell and redefining the area as a city within a city, creating a sense of community and identity. Inspired by classical Roman cities, Clerkenwell will receive a basilica, forum and a number of different columns courtesy of the aptly named ‘Vita Contemplativa’.
Central to all CDWs are the showroom partners. Clerkenwell is littered with high quality workshops and showrooms, more than 60 of which will be open to the public across all three days. The public will get to view CDW regulars such as Vitra, Arper, and Humanscale — which will be showcasing its new ergonomic chair range — as well as a number of newcomers. Of note, storage specialist USM and Italian furniture company Moroso will be joining the ranks, and heritage brand Carl Hansen & Son will be opening its first London showroom in Clerkenwell.
The Farmiloe Building will once again play host to a multitude of contemporary interior brands across four floors — with subsidiary studios surrounding it. The courtyard will be transformed into a Leica Camera sponsored café, the Retail Zone will return to the second floor and the Lighting Factory will claim a floor of its own. In The Shed that sits in the shadow of the Design Factory, British furniture makers will come together to showcase the best of British design and craftsmanship.
By using the House of Detention as a springboard for new talent, CDW provides an opportunity for up-and-coming designers to receive the exposure necessary to get a design enterprise off the ground. A number of Platform exhibitors from 2014 will be exhibiting in Design Factory and Additions in 2015.
If it’s high-end décor you are looking for, then look no further than Detail at the Order of St John. Mulberry Home will be making its first CDW appearance and presenting the Bohemian Romance fabric collection alongside regulars such as Lewis & Wood, Tracy Kendall and Virginia White. The church gardens will be transformed into an exhibition of Cane-line’s latest outdoor furniture with a Champagne Jaquart bar for company.
After a successful 2014 debut, Additions — showcasing a range of small home-ware pieces and accessories — will be housed at the Crypt on the Green at St. James Church. Exciting new exhibitors include British surface designer and illustrator Kelly Hatt and Kit Miles, a 2014 Platform exhibitionist.
As well as the variety of opportunities to view the installations and products, CDW also offers visitors the chance to get involved. Throughout the three days there will be a number of open studio sessions and high-profile talks.
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