Running from 21 – 23 May in London’s Clerkenwell district, CDW welcomes international and exhibitions. Here, we take a look at what’s

A major celebration takes place this May in Clerkenwell, one of London’s most vibrant quarters as CDW 2019 marks its 10th birthday. Giant customised candle- like beacons will be found throughout the area, while showrooms, practices and seven exhibition venues throw open their doors as part of this annual design week. CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival, which each year attracts the international design community to this district.

Last year saw the international design community flock to Clerkenwell with 34,060 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands, from major industry names such as Cappellini, Kvadrat and Moroso to newer emerging talents. To mark CDW’s first decade, expect the biggest and best programme yet with installations celebrating the unique history of Clerkenwell, hundreds of design-led fringe events, pop-ups, workshops, talks and showroom presentations. Activities will run over three days and follow a distinct trail from north to south from Design Fields down to Light held in Fabric nightclub.

PRESENTS Each year, one of the highlights of CDW is CDW Presents showcasing commissioned site-specific installations across Clerkenwell. For CDW’s 10-year anniversary, expect the most exciting street spectacles yet, including Once Upon A Time which takes inspiration from the rich and sometimes dark historical tales of Clerkenwell. For this initiative, CDW has collaborated with Chelsea College of Arts, BA Graphic Design Communication students to create a series of graphic installations inspired by the stories relating to the significant locations. The six winning entries will be selected by a judging panel including; Max Fraser, CDW Content Editor; Priya Khanchandani, ICON Editor, and David Barnett, Chelsea College of Art Course Leader, BA Graphic Design Communication. In conjunction with the project, Lansdown’s London will be hosting a number of historical walking tours

during CDW exploring its past as a centre of making, from clock-makers to gin distillers.

CDW will also present Decade, a dramatic trail of 10, three-metre high candle like beacons designed by pioneers within the creative industry. The installations, symbolic of birthday candles will also form part of CDW's wayfinding strategy to help guide visitors across the exhibition route whilst playfully celebrating CDW as the UK’s leading independent design festival. With a nod to the area as London’s creative heart, each installation will showcase the designers' individuality and imagination.

2018. CDW’s exhibitions are hosted in distinctive spaces around the area linked by a route running through the centre of EC1. There are seven exhibitions, each with a different curatorial focus, ranging from cutting edge international design, to emerging talent, lighting, luxury interiors and the best of British design.

Exhibition venues from North to South:

DESIGN FIELDS Situated at the northern end of Clerkenwell, Design Fields presents a diverse range of the best in international contemporary design.

PLATFORM A favourite location for spotting fresh design talent, Platform is set within the subterranean depths of The House of Detention which provides the public a rare opportunity to explore part of London’s infamous history amongst a curated collection of cutting-edge design.

SHOWROOMS From its humble beginnings with less than 40 showrooms participating back in 2010, CDW now has over 100 showrooms involved, highlighting the natural growth of Clerkenwell as a creative area and the flourishing growth of CDW itself. Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, providing an array of stimulating events from talks and workshops to major installations and parties.

Showrooms already confirmed include: Ceramiche Caesar, Flokk, Forbo, KNAUF, Mapei, Mosa, Piemme Ceramiche and Shaw Contract.

EXHIBITIONS The sheer popularity of Clerkenwell Design Week is evident by the growth of exhibitors - from just 35 exhibiting design brands in 2010 to over 200 in


PROJECT Launched in 2016, Project’s first outing was so successful it was extended to cover two linked pavilions for Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 and will be even bigger for 2019. Set in the Garden of St James within the beautiful grounds of Clerkenwell’s parish church, Project brings together a leading selection of flooring companies from modulyss to Gerflor. AllSfär, a brand dedicated to improving workplace wellbeing will also present a collection of workplace furniture, whilst Sixteen3 will present stylish, high quality, upholstered seating for the commercial market. Other exhibitors include Guialmi, Aeris, Amtico, IVC, Panaz, The Meeting Pod co and Rigg.

BRITISH COLLECTION Now in its third year, British Collection is located in the barrel roofed Crypt of St James’s Church. Up-and-coming designers from the UK will showcase their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this historically rich space.

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