UK, London. Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), sponsored by Renault, returns for its seventh year from 24-26 May 2016. This year sees the Clerkenwell area throw open its doors and public spaces once again with a plethora of new and returning design talent showcasing creative contemporary design, from furniture to outdoor installations, to capture the imaginations of the design community and passing public.

For the first time CDW has enlisted the help of an architectural practice, OMMX, to implement a strategic masterplan in order to improve the natural flow and navigation of the festival in light of its increased size.

This year CDW will feature eight exhibition venues, gateway destinations to the showrooms, an installation trail and a new destination at Spa Fields. OMMX hopes to build a cohesive story for visitors to follow around the show to help bolster the contextual and experiential quality of their outing. The new layout includes a central spine running the length of Clerkenwell, while the routes leading to the eight temporary exhibition spaces are marked.

Sebastien Blakely 

“We have worked collaboratively to realise an ambitious and exciting new chapter in CDW’s history,” comments Hiraku Nissanke and Jon Lopez, directors of OMMX. “We are grateful for the organiser’s enlightened approach in continuing to commission young practitioners, their desire to make a lasting contribution and to make design more accessible in this critical part of creative London.”

Over 85 showrooms will take part in CDW 2016, supported and complemented by various exhibitions and a number of external installations courtesy of CDW Presents. Notable showroom newcomers include Allermuir, the furniture specialist will be showcasing a number of new collections including soft-seating ‘Famiglia’ by PearsonLloyd, the European office expert EOL will also be joining the festivities to celebrate the opening of its new showroom.

Bolon/Doshi Levien

CDW Presents, the festivals commissioning programme, returns to showcase the relationship between design and architecture on the streets of Clerkenwell. This year the Swedish Practice White Arkitekter has designed the Museum of Making as the headline project for the event, to be found on St John’s Square.

Elsewhere, Hakwood, the engineered wooden floor specialist, makes its UK debut working with FleaFollyArchitects. The work will celebrate the craftsmanship and quality of the formers range, while being presented using the latters narrative, and often abstract, approach to design.

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Crowd favourites, such as British Collection showcasing the best domestic products, Additions with its small craft items for the home, and Platform’s cutting-edge design, will all return with a number of new and old exhibitions to complement them.

This year promises to be the most ambitious Clerkenwell Design Week to date.