A Quick Guide to Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: Part 1; A New Direction
19th May 2016
I can’t quite believe that Clerkenwell Design Week is starting again next Tuesday! I remember my first CDW last year, I’d joined deVOL the week before, was sleeping on my friends floor and still couldn’t quite grasp London tube rules, but I loved every second of it. I was just amazed by all the cool stuff that was going on, there was so much to explore! I also got to be part of the launch of our latest range; The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL. I’d never been involved with a launch before, it was so exciting rushing around and meeting a bunch of new and really interesting people. I definitely jumped in at the deep end, but it was the best start to an amazing year, and now we’re returning as a key figure in British design with an award winning kitchen range, and I’ve even become transport-savvy enough to know that it’s best to just avoid the tube at all costs.
Celebrating its 7th birthday CDW is back with a new look, new venues and, of course, some amazing new design spectacles. With their previous Farmiloe hub up for development and no longer available, the show has branched out adding extra exhibits, temporary pavilions and opening the doors of more local design showrooms. Their ‘new masterplan’ aims to improve flow and navigation around the event allowing visitors to see more and for everyone to get involved, a true reflection of this creative district’s community spirit.
As well as a large collection of open showrooms, a programme of inspiring talks and lots of fascinating fringe events, the festival will be celebrating 7 years of innovative design across 7 exhibitions including 3 new shows hosted by 3 new local landmarks. So here’s part one of our quick guide to Clerkenwell Design Week looking at this years new exhibition spaces…
T H E E X H I B I T I O N S
1 . DESIGN FIELDS - SPA FIELDS
Usually filled with hungry workers in search of sunshine, this beautiful green will be transformed into the new hub of the festival. A purposefully constructed two story pavilion will house the most exciting furniture, lighting and product design from around the world as well as providing a space to connect relax and recharge. If you do visit you should pop into our showroom, we’re just down the road opposite the wonderfully eclectic Exmouth Market, a great place to stop and sample some delicious lunch stalls or lots of really great restaurants. I can personally recommend the Moro stand…especially if it’s spiced lamb day!
2. PLATFORM - HOUSE OF DETENTION
This unique show celebrating the most exciting emerging designers returns to the subterranean holding cells of Clerkenwell’s past prisoners. It was one of my favourite venues last year, full of eerie atmosphere mixed with really innovative design, a definite ‘must visit’.
3 & 4. ADDITIONS AND PROJECT - ST JAMES CHURCHYARD
The beautiful gardens of St James’s church will be the new host of not one, but two amazing exhibits. Last year the space did house a couple of fringe events including a rather tasty Jamie Oliver FoodTube truck, but CDW 2016 sees these lovely grounds graduate to become an official exhibition space. The much loved Additions exhibit, filled with small design pieces and interior accessories, has moved from the crypt out into the open and has been joined by the new show Project which will showcase the best of international furniture, lighting and contemporary product design.
5. THE BRITISH COLLECTION - CRYPT ON THE GREEN
We are so excited to be exhibiting in The British Collection amongst some of the UK’s most exciting home grown talent! Our beautiful new Sebastian Cox Kitchen will sit in the well, whilst the rest of the collection will spread out into the amazing barrel-ceilinged crypt. It’s so cool to be recognised as a key figure in British design and we can’t wait to show you what we have planned…
6. DETAIL – THE ORDER OF ST JOHN
Returning to the impressive church and picturesque cloister, the Detail exhibit allows you to ogle at luxurious interiors from the best and most prestigious names in the business. Mixing fine craftsmanship and high glamour it’s a great one to explore. Make sure you also head out to the pavilion on the square, which this year is focusing on luxury and decorative surfaces.
7. ICON’S HOUSE OF CULTURE – FABRIC NIGHTCLUB
I’m not much of a clubber, so despite celebrating my year anniversary in London last week, I am yet to venture to one of the cities most iconic venues, Fabric nightclub. And so, I was pretty excited when I heard that London’s famous party spot is opening its doors for CDW 2016. Illustrious design magazine, Icon, will once again stage an impressive show featuring a curated selection of top international brands in this beautiful Victorian building. I really can’t wait to see this one.
Look out for part 2 of our ‘Quick Guide to Clerkenwell Design Week 2016’ where we’ll be sharing the things that we’re most looking forward to seeing…
– Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 will run from Tuesday 24th until Thursday 26th May. To attend, all you need to do is register here.
– To download the full CDW2016 map, simply click here.
Images sourced from www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com and www.residentadvisor.net.