Another year, another Clerkenwell Design Week. Organiser Daren Newton is excited about it as ever.
It still feels like yesterday that I had the initial concept for CDW, and it’s been amazing to watch it grow into the global event it is today. We’ve got a great Festival planned for 2018, with more showrooms than ever, a host of exciting installations and product launches.
I’ve selected just a few highlights for you, but make sure you pick up a Guide at the show and really get stuck in!
Our brand-new lighting showcase, which is taking over Fabric Nightclub, is the ideal place to start your journey. The guys have put together a considered selection of brands, ranging from architectural giants iGuzzini, through to decorative trailblazers Brokis. We’ve also got something new up our sleeve for Fabric this year… watch this space.
Michael Northcroft will be taking over the crypt at the Order of St. John, I also really like the look of Svensson’s new fabric range, which should sit perfectly within the luxurious setting of DETAIL. Newcomers Bute Fabrics and Japanese-based HARU stuck-on design will add a pop of colour to Design Fields, alongside the classic Italian design brand Piaval, also making their first appearance at the show.
Every year we see more showrooms appearing across Clerkenwell, cementing its position as London’s creative heart. This year we welcome ethical design brand Mater and Casala, who will be celebrating their 100th anniversary. Allermuir & Senator International’s new showroom is not to be missed, and Andreu World are arriving in Clerkenwell to display products, which include collaborations with Jasper Morrison and Patricia Urqiuola.
This year’s CDW Presents is in the best shape I’ve ever seen it. Sustainability is a recurring theme throughout, as we bust environmental myths on the Tote Bag and polystyrene with activations across EC1. Brintons are collaborating with Timorous Beasties to celebrate 10 years of work, which will take centre stage in St. John’s Square, a stone’s throw from the Arch which draws on the area’s Shakespearean history – definitely one for the Instagram lovers out there!