Last year 34,973 visitors attended London’s most important commercial design festival: The Clerkenwell Design Week. The Clerkenwell Design Week is the home to more creative businesses and architects to be found anywhere else, it is at the forefront of renovation and creativity. With each year it surpasses the previous year with even more talented architects and designers creating true masterpieces to behold. For a visual treat this festival is not to be missed. Last year’s festival marked the seventh edition of the Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) delivering a huge benefit to London’s key design cluster with over 41,000 new business leads generated directly at the three-day show. The show featuring over 90 local showrooms, and a record 300 exhibition brands, CDW brought London’s most characteristic and creative quarters alive. The event ran from 24 – 26th May, as visitors came from over 70 countries to see the spectacular designs and to meet the various architects and designers. Mixing with exhibitors drawn from more than 20 countries, CDW used its transitional year to build on its position on the international design calendar.
This event was sponsored by Renault for the second consecutive year, 65% of the visitors that attended CDW were various architects or designers, confirming the importance of CDW for London’s creative sector and delivered through a unique format, including eight exhibition venues, over 150 local businesses and a series of original site-specific installations, with over 400 events.
New for 2016 was the comprehensive re-calibration of the show, which stretched across Clerkenwell, master planned by local architecture practice OMMX. OMMX have gained their incredible reputation by providing furniture fittings for various private residents, office spaces, shops, public spaces, even festivals and exhibitions. OMMX strive to amaze our clients by exceeding expectations and demonstrate a personal commitment for the duration of each and every project. This provided a fresh outlook on both the area and the experience of visiting a business-focused design event. Eye-catching way-finding guided visitors between festival locations as they explored the new parts of Clerkenwell, to hunt out the latest in design. Along with the geographical expansion exhibitions, a gateway destinations to Clerkenwell’s showrooms was added at Brewhouse Yard and the Goldsmiths’ Centre took centre stage as the show’s Live Events Hub.
The conversations at Clerkenwell series of talks and panel discussions, sponsored by 250 City Road, included a host of design thinkers and influencers and was headlined by a specially devised salon series curated by Ineke Hans, Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Patricia Moroso and Tom Dixon on his CDW installation, The Church. The live events programme complimented a series of high profile product launches and CDW exclusives, such as Loll’s UK debut and Layer design’s world’ first 3-D printed wheelchair by Benjamin Hubert at Clerkenwell London.2
Paulina, Nick and Kevin from HQ visited Clerkenwell Design Week this year between the 23rd to the 25th of May. Commenting on how inspiring and exciting all the new concepts and ideas where. Here are some images taken from their trip: