What was hot at CDW 2016

With more than 50 participants in 2015, the Fringe activity is a vibrant element of CDW that’s not be missed.

Sponsored by Greene & Co, the 2016 Fringe programme included a selection of design studios, architecture practices and creative businesses with a series of activities and exhibitions specially curated for CDW. Fringe partners included Craft Central’s open studios, Ben Adams Architects, Lipton Plant Architects and Wilkinson Eyre. Clerkenwell is also a foodie hot spot, and bars and restaurants also had special CDW offers.

Brewhouse Yard, was transformed during the festival and was an essential CDW destination. It also served as a gateway to Clerkenwell’s showrooms, many of which
are clustered close by. Both of the Yard’s resident architecture practices, Studio Egret West and BDP,  celebrated CDW by taking over the space and embracing purple as the colour of creativity. Brewhouse Yard is a new focus for CDW in 2016 and had a dedicated café, information point, pop-up workspace for visitors, and programme of events.

Clerkenwell Design Week is famous for its street art – always a talking point. At 2016’s CDW there were more CDW Presents installations, including the Museum
of Making by Swedish practice White Arkitekter in St John’s Square. Sponsored by Equitone and staged in collaboration with design curator Pete Collard,
it was described as an exploded barn pavilion and will draw on EC1’s rich heritage of crafts (the Goldsmiths’ Centre and Craft Central also got involved in workshops). Hakwood makes its UK debut at CDW working with FleaFollyArchitects on an installation at St John’s Gate – a 4.5-metre high temple of timber.