What not to miss at Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community for the 7th year, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events,  exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Exhibition venues this year include four new, specially made structures, as well as firm favourites such as the Crypt on the Green and the House of Detention. Running north to south the venues are; Design Fields (curated contemporary design), Platform (up-and-coming designers), Project (leading international brands), Additions (interiors products), British Collection (UK designers), Detail and Detail Pavilion (luxury interiors) and Icon’s House of Culture (international).

You’ll find us meandering around the exhibitions and showrooms. Here’s a list of our not-to-miss events for the show:

UK-NL popup show: Future work scenes – Mosa Showroom


London based Opendesk and Ineke Hans present ‘Furniture is not working’ their collaboration with four emerging UK-NL designers: Adam Blencowe, James Shaw, Paula Arntzen and Thor ter Kulve, all based in London. A joint presentation on Future Work Scenes will popup in the Mosa showroom.

CDW Presents Billboards by Giles Miller, sponsored by British Ceramic Tile – Clerkenwell Close


Working with the concept of ‘wayfinding’, Giles Miller Studio has produced a series of large scale abstract signage sculptures. Square glass tiles have been composed to create a centralised ‘swoosh’, featured in each sculpture, designed to subtly evoke the movement of visitors to the next festival destination.

Hakwood & FleaFolly Architects – St John’s Gate


In collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood, FleaFolly Architects have designed and created ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate. Inspired by a visit to Hakwood’s factory in the Netherlands, HakFolly is a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past.

Purple Patch at Studio Egret West

Studio Egret West takes a moment to celebrate the fortunate “Spring-like” atmosphere currently being experienced in London’s architecture and design scene. To reflect upon this, an installation of purple, seasonal flowers in the Studio plays with notions of good luck, creativity and fortuitous growth. Visitors are invited to take a conscious pause in the Purple Patch and be mindful, that involvement in a rapid period of change in a city comes with great responsibility.

Tuesday 24 May

Trend driven innovation – Turn overwhelm into opportunity – Trendwatching, 19-20 Great Sutton Street,  14:30 – 15:00

Learn to spot trends and use them to create products, services and campaigns that people love. David Mattin shares the secrets behind TrendWatching’s Trend- Driven Innovation concept.

Best of the festivals – 101 great new products from Milan, Stockholm and Bilbao – Shaw Contract Group, 33 Great Sutton Street, 16:00 – 17:00

Scarlett Opus Trend Talk – Desso, 23 – 35 Great Sutton Street, 18:00 – 22:00

A trend forecaster explores personalisation and individuality in design – with OnOffice inviting a designer to ‘Translate the Trends’ for commercial interiors.

16/17 Lookbook launch – Icons of Denmark, 1-2 St John’s Path, 18:00 – 23:00

Icons of Denmark display new products and a lookbook that introduces new pieces to the UK, and also serve G&Ts.

An evening by you – Bolon,  2 Northburgh Street, 18:00 – 20:00
Experience the new Bolon By You collection.

Wednesday 25 May

Open Gallery – Zaha Hadid Design Gallery, 101 Goswell Road, 13:00 – 18:00

See the Seamless collection, Hadid’s exploration of a new language of design and architecture that fuses complex curvilinear geometries with detailed ergonomic research. Also on show will be the studio’s continually evolving exhibition of architectural models, which includes the new Beijing airport terminal building and the latest product designs.

RIBA CPD, Acoustics in offices – Ocee Design, 20 Old Street, 14:30 – 15:30

A talk on good acoustic practice, correct assessment and common mistakes.

Conversations at Clerkenwell, Material Possibilities – The Goldsmith’s Centre, 42 Britton Street, 16:30 – 17:15

British designer Tom Dixon discusses the essential starting point of product design – materials. Using the brands’ traditional materials of marble, wood and plastic, glass, iron, brass and copper, their latest collection ‘Materiality’, on show in a special exhibition at the Church of St James’, pushes the boundaries of manufacture to create incredible results. In conversation with Becky Sunshine. Tickets £5 (+ booking fees)

Join us – Talk by Tom – Tom Dixon, St James Church, 18:00 – 19:00,

How to design a Design Museum – Vitra, 30 Clerkenwell Road, 19:00 – 20:00

As the Design Museum prepares to move to its new home in Kensington in November, join a discussion with the museum’s first director, Stephen Bayley, and its current director, Deyan Sudjic. Register at

Thursday 26 May

London Metropolitan Archives – 40 Northampton Road, 09:30 – 19:30

As the Design Museum prepares to move to its new home in Kensington in November, join a discussion with the museum’s first director, Stephen Bayley, and its current director, Deyan Sudjic. Register at

It’s time to grow up – Davison Highley, 16 Brewhouse Yard, 13:30 – 14:10

Workplace expert Shaun Baker questions current trends for frivolous workplace interiors, from separation and segregation to slides and open spaces, and asks what’s next.

Street art workshop with Paint Jam London featuring Ben Eine and Artista – Milliken, 5 Berry Street, 15:00 – 18:00

Under the expert tutelage of celebrated street artists Ben Eine and Artista, put your creativity to the test during our Graffiti Art and Spray Painting workshop.

Colour in the office – The Vault, 8 – 11 St. John’s Lane, 15:00 – 16:00

Gary Wheeler or Grant Kanik of Wheeler Kanik will give a talk on colour.

Conversations at  Clerkenwell, Reimagining a design icon – The Goldsmith’s Centre, 42 Britton Street, 15:30 – 16:30

The new Design Museum will reopen its doors on the 24 November this year in a brand new home – the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. The complex, a unique 1960s Grade II* listed building which has stood vacant for over a decade, is being transformed by a design team led by John Pawson.  Join Senior Architect Chris Masson, the Design Museum Deputy Director Alice Black and Roger Cunliffe, who ran the original Commonwealth Institute design team, as they reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime design project. Tickets £5 (+ booking fees)

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