Clerkenwell is less than a week away and with the festival celebrating its 8th year in May 2017 (23-25), it will be quite the celebration!
CDW has firmly established itself as a leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events.
Highlights this year include some of CDW’s most ambitious installations yet, such as The Beacon, a 7.5m tall structure located at the entrance to Design Fields and inspired by the Tower of Babel. The installation will give visitors the chance to climb up the internal staircase to a spectacular viewing platform in walking distance of the specially designed talks pavilion hosting this year’s Conversations at Clerkenwell sponsored by eporta, hosting speakers include Doshi Levien, Sadie Morgan and Jean Marie Massaud. Nearby will be Buzzijungle by Buzzispace, a playful elevated work-lounge space that visitors can climb, lounge and meet in. Meanwhile Hakwood will unveil Double Vision, a 4 meter high structural installation of recursive patterns nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close creating an uplifting moment for visitors whilst walking the exhibition route.
St John’s Square will be home to The Bolt: A Celebration of Craft, by Detroit-based manufacturer, Shinola and London materials composer, Giles Miller. Shinola, who are heavily rooted in the preservation of craft, have collaborated with Giles Miller Studio to develop The Bolt – a cross-pond celebration of handcrafted skills, materials and products, themed around Shinola’s iconic lightning bolt motif and assembled in Miller’s signature style.
Over 90 showrooms will take part in the festival, including Pentagon Tiles who will be opening a new space on Leather Lane in collaboration with Architect Simon Astridge, Vitra will be launching a limited edition Panton Chair in ‘Sunlight’ and Milliken are to host a party night with guest DJ, legendary designer Pam Hogg.