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Tuesday 24 May 2016 sees the launch of the annual, award-winning Clerkenwell Design Week. Now in its seventh year, Clerkenwell Design Week is the UK's leading independent design festival.

Held over 3 days in Clerkenwell, London, home to the greatest concentration of architects, artists and designers in the UK, the event will showcase leading UK and international brands, through exhibitions, special installations, showroom events and VIP parties.

In 2015, the event showcased 300 brands and attracted over 35,000 visitors from the design community. This year will prove to be just as, if not even more successful.

For 2016, Clerkenwell Design Week will sport a new layout, with a central spine stretching from Exmouth Market in the North, to Smithfield in the south.  It combines 8 temporary exhibition spaces and several commissioned installations.

Show sponsors, Renault, will be providing Twizys for transporting visitors around the event, while also offering the opportunity to test drive the all-electric ZOE.

The exhibitions are broken down in 8 distinct areas; Design Fields, Platform, Project, Additions, British Collection, Detail, Detail Pavilion and Icon's House of Culture.

Design Fields is set across two floors, is the design of OMMX, and houses the best of international contemporary design.  Featured brands include handcrafted outdoor furniture designer and maker Dedon, Italian furniture brand MAGIS, office design solutions specialists Offecct, and Danish sustainable furniture brand Mater.

Dedon Chair



Platform is set in the House of Detention, with over 40 exhibitors specialising in emerging and cutting-edge design.  Artist Archie Proudfoot will exhibit 'A Guilded Cage', combining gold, glass and steel; this adorns the venue's cell walls, and brothers Kieron and Brendan of Solid Soul Design will display artistic sculptures that fuse street art with functionality.

Archie Proudfoot

Archie Proudfoot

Project is set in the Garden of St James, and hosts over 20 leading manufacturers of furniture, lighting and contemporary product design.  Featured brands include Dutch home and office brand Palau, German lighting experts Luctra, and Yorkshire-based Knightsbridge Furniture.



Additions is in the Garden of St James and focuses on small accessories for the home.  There are 30 exhibitors in this section, including ceramic artist Monica Bispo, graphic artist Claudine O'Sullivan, and Swedish furniture designers and makers Future Days.

Art by Claudine O'Sullivan

Claudine O'Sullivan

British Collection is set in the Crypt on Clerkenwell Green, St James Church.  Many representatives of UK homegrown talent will be showcasing furniture, lighting and product designs.  Brands on parade include Hand & Eye Studio, Clerkenwell-based Jennifer Newman Studio, and Very Good & Proper.

Hand & Eye Studio

Hand & Eye Studio

Detail & Detail Pavilion stretches from the church and cloister garden to St Johns Square.  Luxury interiors and surfaces are the focus here.  Of the brands on display, visitors will enjoy leather wall panels from Whistler Leather, an inspired rug collection by Tania Johnson, a lighting collection by Copper & Silk, and a new collection of modular brassware by New York-based Watermark.


New York-based Watermark

Icon's House of Culture is in the former Metropolitan Cold Stores in Smithfield, better known as the renowned nightclub, Fabric.  It aims to bring great new design to extraordinary surroundings.  Featured brands include Belgian office design experts Bulo, Spanish furniture specialists Expormim, and an exciting collaboration between vibrant graphic design house Dare Studio and artist Eley Kishimoto.

Dare Studio

Dare Studio

William Knight, Show Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, says;

"Clerkenwell is one of the world’s most exciting places to organise a design festival; the history, commercial strength and occupying a special area in the world’s creative capital, it’s truly dynamic. Reflecting the ever-changing nature of EC1, Clerkenwell Design Week is also dynamic and a truly unique event. With a series of changes this year we’re enhancing the visitor experience, offering more than ever before and reflecting the fact Clerkenwell has huge relevance beyond its borders. As an international hub for design, the spotlight CDW focusses on Clerkenwell is an important international moment in London’s design story."

For more details and show schedules, visit the Clerkenwell Design Week website.