Quite possibly the most anticipated event in the UK’s creative calendar is Clerkenwell Design Week. Market leading brands from around the world gather just north of the Thames to showcase their newest, boldest, and best products.
How can I attend?
The event is free. That’s right, free for those who wish to attend. Simply register here and state the capacity you’ll be attending (VIP, Trader, Public, Press, Blogger), then bring along the pass you’ll receive and it’s as simple as that.
Where is Clerkenwell Design Week?
All the exhibitions, talks, and showrooms are spread out through the Clerkenwell area of London. Some of the main venues include St. John’s Square, St. James’ Walk, and Spa Fields. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes if you need to quickly get between venues, however they are very close together so not a huge amount of travelling is necessary.
What are some of the Exhibition Categories?
There is a huge variety of exhibitions on show, including:
Design Fields: “Design Fields will showcase leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world.”
Platform: “A show that recognises some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent.”
Project: “Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe.”
Elements: “Elements at Clerkenwell Design Week brings together a leading selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories.”
British Collection: “Some of the UK’s most exciting homegrown talent will showcase their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this unique space.”
Detail: “Detail at The Order of St. John reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world.”
Light: “An exhibition dedicated to top international lighting brands with spectacular stand-alone lighting installations.”
How do I get to the area if I’m not from London?
The exhibition venues are just a twenty-minute walk from Kings Cross St. Pancras. The station provides excellent travel links between London and most of the UK, as well as France. Parking is very limited in this part of London; however, an option might be to park on the outskirts and take the tube to Russel Square: a station which is slightly closer than St. Pancras.
What are your highlights?
For us there are two exhibitions which stand out for completely different reasons, firstly is Detail. While the venue will be showing the very best of craftsmanship, visitors to this venue will be treated to a glass of Champagne while viewing ergonomic furniture, for example. Who can think of a better way to spend an afternoon?
The second highlight is the Light exhibition which is to be held in Fabric nightclub. The club was originally a cold-store for produce which required refrigeration. The venue will be transformed to showcase premium lighting brands such as Bert Frank, Nulty Bespoke, and Calex.
For more information about the event, exhibitions and registration, visit their website: