Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms

It’s the season of spring in London and the 11and edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is blooming in the streets. From May 24 to 26, the festival takes over the city’s flagship design and architecture district with more exhibitors, showrooms and venues than ever before. Visitors can expect a show filled with the latest creative ideas, as well as hundreds of fringe design-focused events, pop-ups, workshops, talks and presentations in the showrooms.

2019 welcomed more than 34,000 visitors from 66 different countries – get your free ticket here.

(above) Lisa Swing designed by Marcello Ziliani for S•CAB

(banner) Lisa Sofà Club, Lisa Lounge Club, Lisa Lounge Sidetable designed by Marcello Ziliani for S•CAB

all images courtesy of Clerkenwell Design Week

Spread over three days, from May 24 to 26, 2022, CDW is the UK’s leading independent design festival, providing a welcoming platform for brands to showcase their wares. The festival program has been designed to reflect the unique nature of this culturally rich region which hosts exhibition halls, side events, talks, workshops and installations. Additionally, the event is expected to host a series of talks from personalities in the creative field, addressing topical and newsworthy issues.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Palissade Park Dining Bench by HAY

Cult Danish design brand HAY presents, installs its stylish outdoor furniture in The Long Walk, part of Crypt on the Green, and hosts a number of events throughout the week. Additionally, the official automotive sponsor of the event Porsche will showcase the brilliance of the Taycan’s design in an interactive installation.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Sling chair by Ethimo and Studiopepe

cdw 2022 offers 10 EXHIBITION venues

CDW exhibits are housed in distinctive spaces – both purpose-built and historic locations – around the area connected by a route through the center. Ten exhibitions are set for 2022, each with a different curatorial focus ranging from cutting-edge international design to emerging talent, lighting, luxury interiors and the best of British design. Clerkenwell Underground House of Detention, formerly a prison in the mid-19th century, exhibits Light + rising stars where a host of upcoming designers exhibit alongside major lighting brands. POPULAR the former cold store-turned-nightclub is a must-see, hosting pop-up brand activations and immersive experiences throughout the three-day festival.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
furniture by WOUD

Located at the north end of Clerkenwell, ‘Design Fields’ sponsored by Clippings hosts a bustling centre, showcasing leading design furniture, textiles and products from around the world, from kitchens to bathrooms to the workplace. International design brands include Thonet, TONNEand Puntas well as an additional Danish company WUDand The furniture workshopa leading design firm in India.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Block sofa and patio coffee table by Sabine Marcelis for Natuzzi Italia, part of the 2022 collection previewed at CDW 2022

Also in the areas of design, Natuzzi Italy previews its 2022 collection as part of its Circle of Harmony exhibition, featuring works by Sabine Marcelis, Formafantasma, Patrick Nourguet, Marcel Wanders Studio, Lorenza Boxxoli, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Marco Piva and Elena Salmistaro. The works on display focus on functionality, sustainability and well-being under the title of “a new era of harmony”.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Swarf Hardware Prototypes and Swarf x Yuri Suzuki Chimes

‘Elements’ brings together a leading selection of hardware, hardware, switch plates and architectural fixtures in a street market-style pavilion in St John’s Square, becoming a go-to destination for designers looking for the perfect finishing touch . Featured is a UK company Chip hardwarewhich also presents a new collection with Adam Nathaniel Furman as well as a collaboration of decorative hanging bells, “Chimes”, with renowned designer Yuri Suzuki. The other participating designers are Armac-Martin, Dowsing and Reynoldsdutch brand Titanium Hotspot and British designer, Samuel Heath.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Art wallcovering

‘Retail’ hosted at the Order of St. John reflects the principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the most prestigious names in luxury interiors. For this year’s edition, Meridiani creates a room like pop-up experience in space, while Up to Sinclair invests the entire underground crypt to create an immersive experience. Kirkby Design and art also present works.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Textile Lamp by Cindy Lilen Studio

In “Light + Rising Stars”House of Detention is filled with top lighting brands, including Italian companies, Artemis and Penta Lightand British brands, spark and bell and John Cullen Lighting, among others. The participating designers also take up the challenge of each appropriating a Victorian prison cell to create mini light installations. It should be mentioned that the Patagonian textile designer Cindy Lilen Studio creates a large-scale installation composed of multiple types of textile lamps, inspired by the Mapuche culture originating from Patagoniawhile Design by Anna Hayman, Rankin rug and Studio Arvor complete the space.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Attitude Collection by Leonardo

From walls to floors in the commercial, residential and hospitality sectors, ‘Covered’ is another new exhibition for 2022 dedicated to interior surfaces, sponsored by the global bathroom brand Ceramic RAK. Included are the Italian brand ARCA, Leonardo and Panaria Group.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Kettal ringtone collection

Smart work company Orangebox celebrates 20 years at CDW. Basque Living presents in its showroom major brands from the Spanish Basque region, including Ondaretta, Treku, Sellux, Daisalux, Aeneas and Ojmar. Leading Spanish company, Kettal are another new brand participating in 2022, showcasing their latest outdoor furniture and workspace products in their showroom.

Clerenwell Design Week spreads around London with over 150 showrooms
Melina and Io Desert Pendant by Hand & Eye Studio

For its fifth year, “British Collection” is located in the atmospheric crypt of the Church of St. James. The exhibition features designers from across the UK, bringing their latest furniture, lighting and product designs to this historically rich space, showcasing artisan techniques, quality materials and design excellence.

The space accommodates Reference that create a large-scale stand-alone display, as well as Dare Studio, Another country and Roger Lewis. From the forest to the house presents its highly sustainable furniture created from scrap wood, while the lighting company Hands & Eyes Studio presents their Mela and Melina collections designed by Mentsen, as well as the handmade Morandi collection designed and produced in collaboration with an expert ceramist and glassmaker Linda Bloomfield.

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