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Clerkenwell Design Week returns on 23-25 May and will showcase thousands of cutting-edge products for interior design projects. The UK’s leading design festival celebrates London’s creative hub with more than 130 resident showrooms, over 200 exhibitors and new for 2023, and 10 design destinations. Explore the world’s leading design brands, undiscovered talent, specially commissioned installations, and brand activations as well as hundreds of design-led events, workshops, talks, parties, showroom presentations and more.
The 12th edition of CDW will again take place in the heart of Clerkenwell - historically a melting pot of craftsmen and makers, and now home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world. The 2023 festival is set to offer the biggest programme to date with more than 600 events taking place across the EC1 neighbourhood.
Since its inception in 2009, CDW has established itself as one of the foremost independent festivals in the Global design calendar, championing design excellence, creativity and innovations.
The 2023 festival welcomes two new additions to its exhibition venues across Clerkenwell, taking the total number to 12. Hosting an array of temporary shows, this year’s venues include -
Design Fields – home to international furniture and interiors brands
Contract – home to commercial interiors
Light – home to international lighting brands
Project – home to workplace furniture and solutions
Elements – home to architectural hardware and finishes
British Collection – home to the best of British interiors brands
Detail – home to luxury interiors
Platform – home to emerging design talent
Old Sessions House – home to brand pop-ups and activations
Ceramics of Italy – home to Italian tile brands
The Garden – home to outdoor furniture
Catapult – home to contemporary design for office, hospitality and retail
Together, these 12 unique venues will present over 300 design brands and emerging talent - covering furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, textiles, home interior accessories, lighting, materials and surfaces.
Another significant aspect of CDW is its network of showroom partners, with an extensive line-up of topic-led initiatives and events; from product launches and exhibitions to workshops and panel discussions. This year, over 130 established names from both the UK and overseas would be participating.
Alongside product and showroom showcases, CDW will also bring a series of specially commissioned, site-specific installations–as part of CDW Presents.
Also returning to CDW is Conversations at Clerkenwell – a compelling schedule of daily talks aimed to explore current industry topics, drawing upon insight, opinion and debates from designers, architects and business leaders alike. Curated by brand consultant, Katie Richardson, the 2023 talks will be hosted in a purpose-built theatre in Spa Fields – sponsored by RAK Ceramics.
Among some of the headline names is London-born-and-bred artist and designer Morag Myerscough–who will open Conversations at Clerkenwell, in Spa Fields on Tuesday 23 May (11:00). She will speak with Bethan Ryder, Editorial Director of WGSN, about her unique approach to transforming places and championing community through joyful installations and artworks. Meanwhile, on St John’s Square, Myerscough is also responsible for creating the exterior wall of a freestanding installationfrom leading acoustics specialist, BAUX. Designed by its in-house teamalong with Form Us With Love, this special exhibition highlights the work of eight students from Scandinavia’s finest architectural institutes.