May 2017 - With Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 now over, we look back over the highlights from the eighth edition of the festival. The three day event continued to highlight and celebrate the extraordinary creativity housed across London’s historic Clerkenwell.
Kicking off the festival, over 90 showrooms opened their doors to host talks, workshops and present their latest products. CDW 2017 also featured a number of new showroom openings from the likes of Sven Christiansen, Gabriel Group, Muuto and the much anticipated opening of Pentagon Tiles’ Leather Lane Porcelain Gallery designed by Architect Simon Astridge.
Free for all to experience, on this year’s ‘exhibitions trail’ - marked in pink - allowed visitors to explore the six exhibition venues, showrooms and CDW Presents programme, which offers an insight into temporary architecture, materials and the use of public space.
From South to North, among others, the Arch of St John played home to Order an installation by Aldworth James & Bond with Corian. Across the road Shinola and Giles Miller presented The Bolt – a cross-pond celebration of handcrafted skills, materials and products, themed around Shinola’s iconic lightning bolt motif and assembled in Miller’s signature style. A highlight of the Presents programme was Double Vision by Hakwood and British artist Sally Hogarth - the 4 meter high structural installation of recursive patterns within the historic Clerkenwell Close.
Spanning across Clerkenwell - the six exhibition venues housed hundreds of new products, ranging from home accessories, high-end textiles, furniture and ceramics to bespoke surface finishes, lighting and out of the box artwork across key venues including the Crypt of St James’ Church, St John Square, Fabric and the subterranean House of Detention. In particular, DESIGN FIELDS at Spa Fields hosted a diverse range of products from the best of international design including OFFECCT, Swedese, John Lewis and more, as well as being home to the specially designed talk’s space newly created for 2017.
Hosting over 250 exhibitors, including more than 90 showrooms, 10 installations, 7 exhibition venues in total, as well as a series of workshops, talks and walks, Clerkenwell Design Week showcased the best of British and international Design.