Press Release:
Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 announces festival programme

Press release – March 2014

Newly appointed Show Director William Knight presented Clerkenwell Design Week’s 2014 programme at the Crypt on the Green at St James’ Church this morning.

Celebrating its fifth edition this year, Clerkenwell Design Week (20-22 May 2014) will showcase the latest innovations by designers and manufacturers from the UK and around the world. Set against the historic backdrop of Clerkenwell, the three-day festival will be centred upon leading design showrooms in the neighbourhood, as well as four focused exhibitions; Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions. Showrooms including Bulthaup and Camira, and exhibitors including Another Country, Case Furniture, Kit Miles and Ginger & Jagger, are amongst those that will present their new collections at the event.

CDW Presents showcases new commissioned projects and street installations for the festival, featured prominently around Clerkenwell. The festival will once again work with established and emerging names from both design and architecture, offering an array of curated features and installations stationed across Clerkenwell. As part of the Fringe, local creative practices – from architects to branding agencies and craft studios – will also host workshops and displays open to the public during the festival.

Integral to Clerkenwell Design Week, this year’s Conversations at Clerkenwell programme is set to be the best yet, with leading international designers and architects including Ron Arad, Arik Levy, The Campana Brothers and Sir Peter Cook taking part in an exhilarating series of seminars.

William Knight comments, “I’m delighted to come on board and join the established team at this exciting time. Clerkenwell Design Week is still growing, but has come a long way since its launch in 2010. The festival is now a must-attend event in the international design calendar, attracting thousands of architects, designers, specifiers and buyers from around the world every May.

“We are very excited about our fifth edition this year, not least our new show Additions. There is an increased number of showrooms and exhibitors, some really interesting installations and activities to get the visitors involved, as well as our star-studded talk programme. We will be bringing in some of the best industry names to celebrate this important milestone in the heart of creative London.”


For this year’s CDW Presents, Studio Weave, design collective Okay Studio and russ + henshaw have been appointed to create projects aiming to push the boundaries of design, in terms of concepts, process and material capabilities.

Architecture practice Studio Weave – led by Je Ahn – has created Smith, a pavilion that pays homage to Clerkenwell’s heritage as the home to a range of smiths through history. Working alongside structural engineer Webb Yates and fabricator Nicholas Alexander, Studio Weave seeks to showcase the creative use of tools and equipment, and how they can be applied to materials for product making.

The pavilion will be made from fibre-cement panels providing a stress-skin, and a group of contemporary craftsmen and smiths will take residence over the three days, hosting a variety of workshops and demonstrations.

Smith by Studio Weave, supported by Equitone

Smith by Studio Weave, supported by Equitone

Design collective Okay Studio, supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, has produced an exhibition celebrating Clerkenwell Design Week’s fifth edition.

Inspired by five American hardwood species – tulipwood, ash, hard maple, red oak and cherry, five design teams from Okay Studio are working independently to create an eclectic mix of designs, showcasing how versatile American hardwood can be. The participating five teams are: Mathias Hahn, Liliana Ovalle, Ed Swan, Andrew Haythornthwaite and Peter Marigold (collaborating for this project), and partnership Hunting and Narud.

Okay Studio

Okay Studio

Meanwhile, London-based architects, Lianne Russ and Phil Henshaw of russ + henshaw are working with Turkishceramics to create an installation, entitled Tile Mile, at St John’s Gate. Based on the concept of reflection, the installation will celebrate both the built heritage of Clerkenwell and modern Turkish ceramics.

The two inner arches of St John’s Gate will feature parallel mirrors – also known as infinity mirrors – which will reflect both the vaulted ceiling of the arch and the intricately tiled floorscape, creating the illusion of an infinite ‘crypt like’ space.

Tile Mile by Russ + Henshaw, supported by Turkishceramics

Tile Mile by Russ + Henshaw, supported by Turkishceramics


Clerkenwell is well established as an international creative hotspot, home to over 50 design showrooms with brands from both within and outside the UK. These range from high-end contract furniture, lighting, kitchen, bathroom and material manufacturers.

Year-on-year, Clerkenwell Design Week has successfully demonstrated this  unrivalled quality supported by creativity and originality. This year, the festival will continue its strong relationships with the local design showrooms, studios and galleries, promoting their latest projects in architecture and design.

Following on from last year’s debut to coincide with its first London showroom opening, Italian furniture manufacturer Arper will return to the festival this year with a key celebration to mark its 25th anniversary. Meanwhile, the festival’s veteran Vitra will present a world-exclusive collective project – a take-on of Ron Arad’s Tom Vac chair, 15 years after it was first launched. This iconic design will be re-styled by selected international designers and architects, and unveiled in Vitra‘s showroom during the festival.

Tom Vac chair by Ron Arad for Vitra

Tom Vac chair by Ron Arad for Vitra

Keeping the festival fresh is essential, and this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week has introduced some exciting new names to the line-up. Sto Werkstatt, specialists in architectural cladding, has recently opened a new showroom with a cultural twist on Woodbridge Street, while Scandinavian Business Seating will launch the ergonomically designed Noor chair at the event. Other new showroom partners include Davison Highley, Wagstaff, Gresham, Morgan and Quadrifoglio.

Returning showroom partners with big plans during the festival include: Brinton Carpets, presenting the Deep Grid rug by Cristian Zuzunaga, and Camira, introducing its new fibre fabrics from nettles and flax and an upcycled woven upholstery fabric.


Design Factory, based at The Farmiloe Building, will play host to some of the best contemporary furniture, lighting and product design brands from the UK and around the world; Benchmark, Decode and Pinch are just a few of the names participating.

Italy remains a central hub for fresh design talent, and Clerkenwell Design Week will once again see a strong line-up of Italian brands exhibiting this year. Leading lighting specialists Foscarini will present an installation in the atrium and tunnel. Newcomer to the design scene, as well as to the festival, Discipline will launch its brand new Last Side tables by Max Lamb to the UK market at the event.

British tile manufacturers Johnson Tiles have partnered with leading colour expert Ptolemy Mann to create a three-wall mural for the launch of their new Prismatics wall tile collection. The choice of 68 different gloss and matt shades will be available, alongside hexagon shapes which will be introduced to the range for the first time.

Ptolemy Mann. Photographer: Alun Callender

Ptolemy Mann. Photographer: Alun Callender

Innovative lighting continues to play a vital part in making Design Factory one of the most inspiring lighting showcases in the world. This year, some of the best lighting names in the industry will take over the top floor of The Farmiloe Building – from Anglepoise with the launch of its new Type75™ Maxi Collection designed by Sir Kenneth Grange, to Holloways of Ludlow showcasing the latest Jielde lights. Key lighting exhibitors also include the likes of Vibia, Prandina, Catellani and Smith, Studio Italia Design and ModoLuce.


With its unique, architectural setting at The House of Detention, Platform – sponsored by W London – will provide the perfect atmospheric backdrop for emerging young designers from around the world to exhibit their exciting new collections including Johanna Tammasalu, Clivework, Loïc Bard, CVA Editions and Aleksandrina Rizova.

Estonian-born Johanna Tammsalu has taken lighting to another level with her hand-spun, ceramic pendant lights which will be on show during the festival, while printmaker Lucy Clive of Clivework will launch her first furnishing fabric range at the event.

Showing in the UK for the first time, Loïc Bard will showcase his new coffee tables Tokyo and Small Tokyo, while Judy Clark of CVA Editions takes a more colourful approach, with her new Bean tables in bright block colours. Aleksandrina Rizova, known for her installations and product designs using emerging digital fabrication tools, will showcase her hybrid table and floor tiles at the show.

Tokyo coffee table by Loïc Bard

Tokyo coffee table by Loïc Bard


Celebrating fine quality and exquisite craftsmanship in the luxury sector, Detail at the Order of St John will bring together the best and most prestigious names in high-end interior design.

Top of the bill this year is an exclusive collaboration between .IT_All About Design, Edra and The Campana Brothers, entitled From Art to Design. An exhibition of The Campana Brothers’ masterpieces, as well as their designs for Edra, will be unveiled by the designers themselves at Detail on 20 May 2014. The exhibition will explore how design and production processes render “a piece of art” – a successful, commercial product.

Boa sofa by The Campana Brothers for Edra

Boa sofa by The Campana Brothers for Edra

Another highlight of this year’s show is the pop-up showroom of Christopher Jenner for Drummonds inside Craft Central amongst Detail. This creative collaboration between Jenner and Drummonds results in a bathroom furniture collection launching at the festival. Inspired by craft processes and handmade in the UK, the collection marries traditional cast iron and enamelling techniques with English carpentry.

Making the most of the British weather, Gloster will also be furnishing the entire Cloister garden with its high-end, contemporary style outdoor furniture. Other key exhibitors at Detail include Georg Oehler, Ginger and Jagger, Lewis and Wood and Sé.


New to Clerkenwell Design Week 2014, Additions – sponsored by Spanish online design company Triitme – will take over the Crypt on the Green at St James Church. It will be the main hub for a curated collection of small design items and home accessories, targeting retail buyers, interior designers and specifiers.

The newly launched Toghal brings heritage African designs into contemporary homewares, with a focus on textiles. Similarly, Urbanara offers high-quality home textiles and accessories using the finest natural materials.

Known for its architectural sculptures with a touch of playfulness, Chisel and Mouse will launch its new models at the show with London being a key inspiration. Meanwhile, Tunisian-born Hend Krichen will bring her beautifully handcrafted vessels to the show, all of which are made using the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship in her home country.

The Tunisia Made collection by Hend Krichen

The Tunisia Made collection by Hend Krichen

To celebrate the launch of Additions, Triitme will also open an online pop-up shop for the duration of the festival.


Open studio sessions offered by selected creative practices within Clerkenwell remain a popular event amongst visitors to the festival. This year’s Fringe – sponsored by property specialists Urban Spaces – will feature an exclusive installation created by contemporary multi-media artist Lauren Baker, with the support of Urban Spaces and drink specialists The Gin Garden. Lauren Baker is known for her painted and embellished sculptural designs.

As part of St John’s Square pop-up factory, The Goldsmiths’ Centre will offer an area of interactive jewellery-making and silversmithing during the festival, run by the centre’s students and residents. Moreover, over 20 local bars and restaurants in Clerkenwell will participate, offering special menus and exclusive complimentary offers to the visitors.


Clerkenwell and its creative community have earned a reputation for remaining at the centre of debate, pioneering activities and forward-thinking. Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 boasts a selective range of high-profile talks staged at Design Factory – on the top floor of The Farmiloe Building. With four talks scheduled for each of the three festival days, this focused series delivers world-class content right at the heart of Clerkenwell Design Week.

The 2014 programme will address some of the key issues for London’s architecture and design industry. The programme will include talks and insights from leading architects and designers – from Ron Arad and Arik Levy, to The Campana Brothers, Sir Peter Cook and Farrells architecture practice. In addition, Dezeen will celebrate the launch of its new book, Dezeen Book of Interviews, at the festival with a special interview talk.

In partnership with the Design Museum to celebrate its 25th anniversary, as well as its new site opening at the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington in late 2015, Clerkenwell Design Week will also invite influential figures including Patricia Urquiola and Rolf Fehlbaum to host a special talk during the festival entitled DM25. The seminar will explore the developing trends, while reflecting on the direction design will take in the next 25 years.

Sir Peter Cook, pictured with Gavin Robotham

Sir Peter Cook, pictured with Gavin Robotham

The essential information…
When … 20 – 22 May 2014
 … All around Clerkenwell, London UK
How Much … Free to register
Tube Station … Barbican, Farringdon
Website …
Twitter … @CDWfestival  #CDW2014
Facebook … /Clerkenwell.Design.Week
Pinterest …



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One of the best-loved events in the design industry calendar, Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day annual festival gathering Clerkenwell’s long-established design community together. Now in its fifth year, the event has increasingly become a must go-to showcase for the UK and international design community. The 2013 show attracted over 50,000 registered attendees and 250 brands from the UK and across the globe.

The name Clerkenwell comes from the Clerks’ Well in Farringdon Lane, where London parish clerks performed the famous Medieval Mystery Plays throughout the Middle Ages. Since the Industrial Revolution, the area has housed craft workshops, printers, clockmakers and jewellers. Traditional crafts, such as printing and bookbinding still flourish, as do graphic designers. In the last two decades, Clerkenwell’s unique variety of buildings have been transformed into central studio and workshop spaces, attracting an unprecedented concentration of architectural, design and creative practices.

The global businesses that have made Clerkenwell their home have shaped the borough into the UK’s most important generator of creativity and innovation. Serving an infinite variety of other industries easily accessible from across London, Clerkenwell has become home to a plethora of new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios and more than 200 architectural practices – more per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. In addition, Clerkenwell houses over 60 design showrooms including world leaders Vitra, Poltrona Frau, Knoll and Steelcase.



William Knight

Knight joined Media 10 from the London Design Festival (LDF) where, since 2004, he was responsible for growing the LDF programme, whilst developing the marketing and strategic planning for the Festival. During his tenure the London Design Festival grew year-on-year; and is now one of the leading annual design events in the world.

As Event Director for 100% Design Knight’s role focuses on presenting the show as the leading showcase for commercial design talent and excellence whilst delivering a great atmosphere for exhibitors and visitors to do business, network and be inspired.

In March 2014, Knight was promoted to the role of Show Director for both 100% Design and Clerkenwell Design Week.

Studio Weave (

Studio Weave is a London-based architecture practice set up in 2006. It balances a joyful, open-minded approach with technical precision to create a diverse body of work in the UK and aboard for public, private and commercial clients.

The practice values idiosyncrasies. From the characteristics that make somewhere unique, to the particular skills of a master craftsman; it aims to harness the strengths of a project and its team to create something distinctive and of exceptional quality.

The practice recognises that every project is a transformation (as opposed to a static new reality) and it enjoys working closely with everyone involved in and affected by this process, including clients, users, funders, neighbours, contractors, consultants and collaborators.

Studio Weave’s work has been extensively published in trade, local and national press and television in the UK and abroad. Its projects have also been acknowledged by a number of awards including three RIBA awards including South East Building of the Year 2013, the Architectural Review’s International Emerging Architecture Awards and the Civic Trust Awards where The Longest Bench won the Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement.


For over 20 years the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been at the forefront of wood promotion in Europe, successfully building a distinctive and creative brand for U.S. hardwoods. AHEC’s support for creative design projects such as FIVE for Clerkenwell Design Week, demonstrate the performance potential of these sustainable materials and provide valuable inspiration.

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is well known in the international design community for its creative promotion of hardwood, having worked with prestigious architects and designers including dRMM, David Adjaye, Matteo Thun, Sou Fujimoto, Arup and Amanda Levete.

Okay Studio (

Designers from Okay Studio are:

Mathias Hahn

London based Product Designer Mathias Hahn (born 1977 in Germany) started up his studio in 2006 and is one of the founding members of OKAY Studio. After graduating as Industrial Designer in Germany, he moved on to the Royal College of Art where he received a MA degree in Design Products under Ron Arad in 2006.

From his studio and workshop he works on diverse projects in the field of industrial and furniture design. His client list includes companies like Ligne Roset, Marset, Asplund, Kvadrat, Magazin, Zeitraum, Another Country, Vertigo Bird, Kohler, Ikea and others. His work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions and galleries and featured in many major design publications worldwide. Recently Mathias Hahn was selected Newcomer of the year 2014 by German ELLE DECORATION, in 2010, he received the German Design Price as Newcomer/Finalist. In 2012, his light JINN was awarded the RED DOT: Best of the Best, while in 2011 he received an IF Award and an Interior Innovation Award for his light LANTERN by Ligne Roset.

Mathias Hahn – Industrial Design Studio works in a wide field ranging from industrial design, product development, art direction and consulting through to experimental design, one-off production and interiors.

Andrew Haythornthwaite (in partnership with Peter Marigold for FIVE)

Andrew Haythornthwaite is a London based designer, who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006. He has worked in various international locations, and now has a studio based in London with the Okay Collective group of designers. He works on designs of objects, furniture and spaces, and has won several awards including Silver from the IDSA (America), Red Dot (Germany), Stringer Award (BeST, New Zealand) and Most Successful Design (China). Andrew also has work in the permanent collections of MoMA New York.

Hunting & Narud

Norwegian-born, London-based designers Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud have recently joined forces and founded Hunting & Narud. They work for a wide selection of clients including the Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian Design Council, the Design Museum London, the Victoria & Albert Museum and The British Council. They are represented by Gallery Libby Sellers where they recently had a solo show with The Copper Mirror Series. Amy is a graduate of the Department of Furniture and Spatial Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (the Danish Design School), where she graduated in 2008, while Oscar attended the Royal College of Art, London, and graduated in 2006 with an MA in Design Products.

Peter Marigold  (in partnership with Andrew Haythornthwaite for FIVE)

Peter Marigold followed a path from sculpture at Central Saint Martins into theatrical and event scenography. In 2005 he joined the Design Products course at the Royal College of the Art under Ron Arad and since then has concentrated almost solely on furniture. In 2009 he was awarded one of the four Designer of the Future awards by Design Miami, followed by a significant installation at Art Basel. Working with both galleries, institutions and manufacturers his work continues to be exhibited in the UK and abroad such as MoMA New York, Design Museum London, 21-21 Design Site Tokyo and Design Museum Holon and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Liliana Ovalle

Liliana Ovalle is a London-based designer from Mexico who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006. Her work includes commissions and production pieces for Plus Design Gallery, Nodus, and Anfora amongst others. In 2006 she received the Talent Award by the British Council. Her designs have been selected for multiple exhibitions including Design Miami, MoMA Store, and Gallery Libby Sellers. Since 2011 Liliana is part-time researcher at the Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths University of London. In April 2011 she joined the collective Okay Studio based in North London.

Ed Swan

Ed Swan graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in 3D Design in 2002. On graduating with MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2005, Swan’s achievements covered several awards, including the 10 Around Town competition for Sun Microsystems. As a finalist for Garrard jewellers’ design competition, he created innovative jewellery integrating precious stones and micro-electronics. In 2005 his “Obscura View” work gained interest from E&Y, Japan and consequently was installed in Tom Dixon’s first architectural adventure, the Tokyo Hipster’s Club. He has since had work exhibited at the Design Museum, London.

Based in London, Swan’s work has been presented by Ron Arad and more recently with Okay Studio as part of exhibitions in London, Milan, and Cologne. Swan currently works in the Creative and Interiors team at fashion retailer Ben Sherman headquarters, and is an independent product, furniture and lighting designer operating from OKAY Studio in Stoke Newington, a space shared with fellow Royal College of Art alumni.

Turkishceramics (

Turkishceramics is the promotion group for ceramic manufacturers and exporters in Turkey. Representing over 30 individual companies, the group’s mission is to raise awareness of Turkishceramics internationally and communicate the quality of Turkish ceramic tiles and sanitary ware. Ceramic production in Turkey has a long history and rich tradition, with the first ceramics being created in Anatolia over 8000 years ago. Turkish ceramic producers are proud to continue this tradition of innovation today with a creative approach and a broad range of products for both the professional and consumer markets.

Turkishceramics was established in 1997 under the auspices of the Undersecretariat of the Ministry of Economy with the support of the Central Anatolian Exporters Union and the Turkish Ceramics Federation.

russ + henshaw (

russ + henshaw, based in London, is a young and enthusiastic design collaborative exploring creative solutions in the field of architecture and urbanism. The collaboration, between architects Lianne Russ and Phil Henshaw, draws upon experience in both professional practice and academic research to offer new approaches for intervening in the public realm.

Previous projects include Ebbw Vale Vertical Gardens: the transformation of a 1,100sqm derelict former concrete steelworks basement in Wales into a community space and allotments for local schools.

Urban Spaces (

Urban Spaces are the market leaders at the forefront of selling London’s most unique properties. They don’t cater for the conventional market, for them, it is about ‘one of a kind properties’ situated in London’s most fashionable postcodes. From converted libraries in Clerkenwell to live/work lofts in Clapton, their buyers and tenants are looking for a stylish space to match their lifestyles.

Lauren Baker (

Lauren Baker is a contemporary multi-media artist who paints and embellishes sculptural works. Her creations include human resin skulls, animal skulls and sculpted animal heads. Baker’s recent works involving neon, infinity mirror and moving sculpture explore light, space and energy. The artist has exhibited works at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, London Design Festival, Harrods and Selfridges windows. Her work is inspired by her time spent in the Peruvian Amazon, the power of nature and primoridal energy sources.

The Gin Garden (

The Gin Garden is a travelling company that can be found popping up in unexpected spaces, mixing, serving and talking about drinks. They work with local distilleries, complementing the botanicals of their unique gin with local herbs, fruits and flowers.

Design Museum, DM25 (

The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design. Since its opening in 1989, the museum has hosted exhibitions showcasing some of the most important pioneers of design, including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive and Dieter Rams. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Design Museum and, in celebration of this landmark year, it is staging a series of talks asking leading designers and architects ‘What Next?’. DM25 explores the future of design and how the design world is changing. The Design Museum will relocate from its current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, West London in late 2015. This anniversary year is the ideal moment to hear from some of the most influential and creative innovators in design and architecture, setting the scene for the next 25 years.