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Preview: Clerkenwell Design Week 2024

New venues, expanded exhibition spaces and a boosted line-up announced for 2024

The 2024 edition of CDW returns to Clerkenwell (21-23 May), welcoming architects, designers and interiors enthusiasts to London’s creative hub. In celebration of the area’s rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week will showcase leading British and international brands presenting cutting-edge products covering furniture, lighting, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, ceramics, interior finishes and more.

Home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world, the 2024 festival will deliver its most exciting programme to date, with more venues, showrooms and installations than ever before.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2023 | Photo by Ashley Bingham

The UK’s leading design festival

The 2024 festival welcomes three NEW exhibition venues, including Contract and Work on Clerkenwell Green and The Goldsmiths’ Centre, both showcasing the latest designs for commercial and workplace interiors, as well as The Edit in Bourne & Hollingsworth, featuring some of the world’s leading contemporary design brands.

This year also sees British Collection double its size taking over the entire crypt of St James’s Church, including the Tom Dixon-furnished vestry, which will also host the popular ICON Talks series.

Exhibitors already confirmed for this year include SCP, Benchmark, Ercol, Another Country, Fora Form, Umage, Lammhults, Blå Station, Ethimo, Origin, Ultrafabrics, Romo, Granite and Smoke, Schotten and Hansen, Very Good and Proper, Dare Studio, Pooky Lighting and Lladró.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2023 | Photo by Ashley Bingham

International appeal

German, Danish  and Italian Collections will feature in addition to the popular British Collection. Each ‘Collection’ will showcase the best in furniture, lighting, surfaces and interior products from their respective countries whilst offering a platform for new design talent to present their latest products alongside leading brands. CDW 2024 will also see the return of Ceramics of Italy as an exhibition venue. Now in its third year, the venue will double in size for 2024 and showcase 21 Italian ceramic manufacturers.

Clerkenwell Design Week | Photograph by Sam Frost ©2023 samfrostphotos.com

EC1 showrooms

Local showroom partners, totalling over 160 established names will host an extensive programme of product launches, talks and workshops, including Fritz Hansen, Mater, Modus, Norr11, Flokk, Arper, Allermuir, Lintex, Cosentino, Ideal Standard, VitrA Bathrooms, Modulyss, Camira Fabrics, Tarkett, Iris Ceramica, Domus Tiles and Parkside.

In addition to the vibrant exhibitions and showrooms, various unique destinations across Clerkenwell – including Paxton Locher House, Brewhouse Yard, Cowcross Yards and Marx Memorial Library (participating for the first time) – will be transformed by a curated selection of international brands and trade institutions. The local architecture studio, Groupwork, led by Amin Taha, will once again be home to the latest presentation from the British furniture brand, Case Furniture. 

Clerkenwell Design Week | Photograph by Sam Frost ©2023 samfrostphotos.com

Design spectacles and brand activations

A series of site-specific installations, along with special projects and collaborations, will once again adorn the streets of Clerkenwell and various exhibition venues, offering festival-goers and the general public a fully immersive experience.

Clerkenwell Design Week | Photograph by Sam Frost ©2023 samfrostphotos.com

Stay Playful (When No One Feels Like Playing) by 2LG Studio

To coincide with its 10th anniversary, Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio have breathed new life into a vintage helter-skelter. Situated in Spa Fields, Stay Playful (When No One Feels Like Playing) draws inspiration from Cluroe’s early days working at a fairground in the Black Country Living Museum and Whitehead’s childhood fascination with kitsch ornaments from his grandmother’s home. Designed to lift visitors above the festival grounds, the colourful installation is a playful spectacle, yet it evokes more intimate insight into 2LG at its heart.

Clerkenwell Design Week | Photograph by Sam Frost ©2023 samfrostphotos.com

Grid System by Ben Cullen Williams

In the atmospheric setting of House of Detention, London-based artist Ben Cullen Williams will captivate visitors with his audio-visual installation, delving into the impact of the simple grid on our physical spaces, lives and day-to-day existence. Grid System will immerse the viewer in an evolving light installation that continuously explores these ideas, mapping grids onto the viewer as they become part of the artwork itself. Having previously collaborated with the likes of Marina Abramović, Wayne McGregor and polar explorer Robert Swan, Williams has showcased his works in international galleries and spaces including the Musée d’arts de Nantes, Sadler’s Wells and The Bolshoi Theatre.

Activations from acclaimed brands – such as Dyson, Geberit, Albion Stone, Hutton Stone, Stone Federation, Texaa, Material Bank, Universal Fibers and Silen – will take over the whole of the newly pedestrianised Clerkenwell Green during the festival.

Clerkenwell Design Week | Photograph by Sam Frost ©2023 samfrostphotos.com

Join the conversation

Conversations at Clerkenwell, a schedule of daily talks exploring industry topics, will return – curated by brand consultant Katie Richardson. These talks will be hosted in a purpose-built theatre in Spa Fields, featuring expert speakers from the design, architecture and business sectors.

Meanwhile, hosted in a temporary structure next to Design Fields, Design Meets will feature representatives and speakers from trade bodies and associations, engaging in a series of intimate, industry-led talks.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2024 takes place across EC1, London from 21 – 23 May. Visitors can register for free pass by visiting www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com 

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