Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 attracts record numbers of visitors on its opening day

Glaze by Cousins & Cousins with Gx Glass (Photo - Sophie Mutevelian)

Glaze by Cousins & Cousins with Gx Glass (Photo – Sophie Mutevelian)

Leading international design festival Clerkenwell Design Week has officially opened its doors to the public, running until tomorrow (Thursday 21 May 2015).

With over 300 UK and international design companies and over 80 local showrooms taking part, the event – sponsored by Renault – attracted over 8,000 registered visitors on its first day.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, comments, ‘From religion and radical politics to printing and beermaking, Clerkenwell has long been associated with ideas and production.

‘Now it is firmly back on the map thanks to the dynamic cluster of high-quality creative and commercial businesses working there. This has been celebrated in grand style by Clerkenwell Design Week over the last six years, which brings together world-class design talent, original installations and memorable moments of inspiration in a myriad of unique spaces.’

Icon's House of Culture, The Old Sessions House (Photo - Sophie Mutevelian)

Icon’s House of Culture, The Old Sessions House (Photo – Sophie Mutevelian)

This year’s festival celebrates the transformation of London’s public spaces in a city that is rapidly densifying. As part of CDW Presents, a series of street installations are situated across Clerkenwell to explore this theme; from GRUPPE’s temporary structures inspired by an ancient Roman city and children’s building blocks (in partnership with EQUITONE), to a jewel-like, multi-coloured glass pavilion by London-based architects Cousins & Cousins (with Gx Glass) and Monotype’s vinyl graffiti depicting a panoramic 19th Century view of London on an old prison’s wall.

Pinch at Design Factory (Photo - Sophie Mutevelian)

Pinch at Design Factory (Photo – Sophie Mutevelian)

Clerkenwell Design Week also celebrates design and creativity by showcasing the latest innovations by designers and manufacturers from the UK and around the world. These are centred upon leading showroom partners in the neighbourhood, as well as four focused exhibitions including Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions. The ever-popular talks series, Conversations at Clerkenwell, is held on the top floor of Design Factory boasting a star-studded line-up of speakers from the architecture and design world.

Local creative practices also host open workshops and displays during the festival, as part of the Fringe programme. This year’s event sees the introduction of Icon’s House of Culture at The Old Sessions House.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 runs until Thursday 21 May.

Visit www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com for the full festival programme.

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Visitors to Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 (Photo - Sophie Mutevelian)

Visitors to Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 (Photo – Sophie Mutevelian)