Celebrating its 10th year in 2019 Clerkenwell Design Week – which will run from 21st to 23rd May - is the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. In 2018, it drew in 34,060 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands.
Clerkenwell is one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, CDW has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands, presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions, and special installations.
Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, who partner with CDW every year, providing the festival with a stimulating programme of topic-led events including talks, workshops, and product launches. These participating companies include high-end tiling, furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands, and many material manufacturers.
Tiling showrooms participating include Ceramiche Caesar, Cosentino, Domus, Mapei UK, Mosa, Parkside Architectural Tiles, Piemme Ceramiche, Porcelanosa Group, and Solus. Also located in the area and well worth a visit are Pentagon Tiles’ Leather Lane showroom (a collaboration with Ardex and Schluter Systems), and both Designworks Tiles’ (Original Style) and Marazzi UK’s Clerkenwell showrooms, among others.
At CDW, Parkside will launch Sequel by Alusid, a sustainable tile range featuring 98% recycled content. Available in three sizes and three appealing colours, the unique combination of ingredients in each tile, coupled with human involvement at every stage in the manufacturing process, ensures that each tile maintains a distinct, hand-crafted quality with no two tiles ever appearing quite the same.
Visitors can hear more about sustainable brands and designers, including Alusid, Charlotte Kidger and Marble.Partners, in a panel discussion titled ‘Sustainability: the new normal’ on Wednesday at 5pm, hosted by Roddy Clarke.
At CDW, Ceramiche Piemme will announce its collaboration with the international design firm Benoy. As also shown by the recent opening of Piemme London in Clerkenwell Close, Ceramiche Piemme has set itself the goal of becoming a reference point for specifiers and designers on major international architectural projects.
The Benoy collaboration highlights the international character of the brand, which is renowned for quality and innovation in the ceramic industry.
To celebrate the partnership with Benoy during CDW, the company has invited leaders in the design field, Alice Rawsthorn and Cristina Morozzi, to discuss the upcoming trends within the ceramic industry. The Benoy Design Director, Andy Piepenstock, and Ceramiche Piemme’s Operations Director, Davide Colli, will introduce the two design experts, opening a debate on the ‘return of tiles to architecture.’
Cosentino will be showcasing its new Dekton Slim surfacing: a revolutionary 4mm thickness for its ultra-compact surface brand. Slim offers the same technical features that Dekton is known for, plus a new and much thinner, lighter, and manageable format for installation.
One of the great attractions of CDW is the series of related small-scale exhibitions that take place across the area. For instance, Design Fields in partnership with Kitchen Architecture will showcase leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. Alongside exciting home-grown designer-makers, the show presents a diverse range of the best in international contemporary design.
Platform is a show that recognises some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent, with House of Detention providing an atmospheric backdrop for a curated collection of international and cutting-edge design.
Set in the grounds of St James Church, Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting, and surface brands from around the globe.
Elements brings together a leading selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories. The exhibition takes place within a street-market style pavilion on St John’s Square.
British Collection, located in the barrel-roofed crypt of St James’s Church, Clerkenwell Green, allows some of the UK’s most exciting home-grown talent to showcase their latest furniture, lighting, and product designs.
Detail at The Order of St. John reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world.
Fabric, a former cold-store turned nightclub, hosts Light: an exhibition dedicated to leading international lighting brands, accompanied by spectacular stand-alone lighting installations.
CDW is a street-based event that takes place in various venues around Clerkenwell.
Visitors will be able to pick up a handy, free, show guide to navigate around the show, or a map can be downloaded on the website listed below. The closest underground stations are Farringdon and Barbican.
Bus routes: 19, 341, 38, N19, N38, N41, 55, 48
CDW is open daily from 10:00 to 19:00 and 10:00 to 21:00 on Wednesday.
The venues for the related exhibitions are:
Design Fields: Spa Fields,
Northampton Rd EC1R 0DF
Platform: House of Detention,
12 Sans Walk EC1R 0AS
Project: Garden of St James,
St James Walk EC1R 0EA
British Collection: Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell Close EC1R 0EA
Detail: The Order of St John,
St John’s Square EC1V 4JJ
Elements: St John’s Square EC1V 4JJ
Light: Fabric Nightclub,
77A Charterhouse St EC1M 6HJ
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