Internationally renowned design festival, Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May 2015), will return for its sixth year in 2015, bringing together the latest innovations by some of the best creative forces from the UK and around the world. Led by Show Director William Knight, the event looks set to yet again encompass the true spirit of the design community in one of the world’s most vibrant, creative hubs.
Showroom partners in the neighborhood remain integral to Clerkenwell Design Week, and the festival will see showrooms, studios and galleries open their doors to the public and present their most innovative projects in architecture and design. Showrooms returning to the festival in 2015 include Vitra, Arper, Poltrona Frau and Brintons, with Modus and sound specialists Bowers & Wilkins joining the new line-up.
The structure of the 2015 event will be expanded within the four focused exhibitions, housed in Clerkenwell’s most historic buildings. The Design Factory will continue to present high-profile UK and international brands, along with a dedicated lighting floor in the Farmiloe Building, while Detail will show high-end decorative interiors with an additional pavilion on St John’s Square in the majestic Priory Church at the Order of St John. Platform will see the work of talented, up-and-coming designers in the subterranean Victorian prison at The House of Detention, and Additions, new to the festival in 2014, will once again take over the Crypt on the Green at St. James Church, exhibiting small design pieces and accessories.
Returning exhibitors include Anglepoise, Another Country, Pinch, Case Furniture, Deadgood, Jennifer Newman Studio, SCP Contracts, MARK Product and Discipline, while new exhibitors to the festival include Taz Pollard, Concrete by LCDA, H Furniture, Resident, GP & J Baker, Tiipoi, Dorothy and Black + Blum.
In addition to participating showrooms and brands, Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 will offer an array of newly commissioned projects, street spectacles and pop-up workshops, as part of its CDW Presents and Fringe series. These special features, exclusive to the festival, will be stationed prominently around Clerkenwell and created by a range of established and emerging names from both design and architecture worlds.
The talks programme, Conversations at Clerkenwell, will return with an international line-up of industry speakers taking part in an exhilarating series of seminars. Staged on the third floor of Design Factory, the series offers an arena to discuss new innovations, raise industry issues and network with fellow A&D professionals. With previous speakers including Ron Arad, Arik Levy, Patricia Urquiola, The Campana Brothers and Sir Peter Cook, the 2015 programme is set to deliver world-class, free content right at the heart of the festival.
As an annual three-day festival, Clerkenwell Design Week has consistently increased its influence and reach in the architecture and design arena. In 2014, 32,300 visitors attended the festival, 57% of whom were architects and designers, a 10% increase to 2013. Growing year-on-year, 2014 also saw over 300 design brands and 60 showrooms taking part at the festival within the square mile of central Clerkenwell.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 will issue full details of events, collaborations and participants in the months leading up to the festival.
The essential information…
When: 19 – 21 May 2015
Where : All around Clerkenwell, London UK
How Much: Free to register
Tube Station: Barbican, Farringdon
Twitter: @CDWfestival #CDW2015
FOR PRESS ENQUIRIES
For press information and images, please contact the Clerkenwell Design Week team at Caro Communications:
Lucy Price, Account Manager
Jeffrey Cheung, Account Director
Berna Sermet, Director
T: +44 (0)20 7713 9388
Notes to editors
About Clerkenwell Design Week
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 sixth year, the event has increasingly become a must go-to showcase for the UK and international design community. In 2014, 32,300 visitors attended the festival; in total 57% of the visitors were architects and designers, a 10% increase to 2013.
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 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.