Places: Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

Clerkenwell Design Week returns for its ninth edition. Set across three days, London’s creative quarter plays host to seven main exhibition spaces – including two newcomers, Light and Elements – plus showroom events, installations and a series of talks.

by Jo Weaden

From 22 – 24 May, Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates London’s leading design district with hundreds of design-led events, showroom presentations, product launches, workshops, talks, and installations. The event follows a north-to-south trail, from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.

Seven exhibitions are spread across the centre of EC1, with two new exhibitions launching at this year’s show. Each space showcases a different curatorial focus, ranging from international design to emerging talent, lighting, luxury interiors, and British design.

Light makes it debut within the brick vaults of nightclub Fabric. The exhibition hosts international lighting brands showcasing new products, installations, and their latest collections. Another new addition to this year’s event is Elements, a street-market style pavilion on St John’s Square presenting a selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates, and architectural accessories.

Design Fields returns to Spa Fields. It features furniture, lighting, and product designs from around the world. The House of Detention once again hosts Platform, which recognises up-and-coming design talent. Now in its third year, British Collection displays furniture, lighting, and product designs from UK talent. It will be located in the Crypt of St James’s Church on Clerkenwell Green. Also within the grounds of the church, Project highlights contract furniture, lighting, and surface brands. At The Order of St. John, Detail will showcase luxury interiors brands across the church, crypt, and cloister garden.

Dozens of new and returning showrooms will be participating at Clerkenwell Design Week, launching new products as well as hosting talks and events. A number of pop up and temporary showrooms will also be opening across Clerkenwell. Other new design projects and installations specifically commissioned for CDW Presents include Pipe Line by Lou Corio Randall and a project from Timorous Beasties and Brinton Carpets.

Over 90 showrooms will be participating in this year’s CDW, with several new showrooms launching just in time for the design week. Mater is opening the Clerkenwell Earth Store, showcasing the brand’s furniture and lighting collections. Ultra Fabrics will open the doors to its first UK showroom, and Andreu World, located at 104-110 Goswell Road, will also be welcoming visitors to its new space.

Temporary showrooms will be popping up around EC1. Relay Design Agency has announced its new design destination, Relay Represents – a 300 sq m venue on Clerkenwell Road, where it will be launching new products from Zeitraum. Tile specification company Parkside will be showcasing two bathroom concepts within a customised industrial shipping container located in St John’s Square. And Karndean’s replica vintage Morris Minor van will open as a pop up exhibition near St John’s Gate, displaying its new and existing collection to celebrate the brand’s 45th anniversary.

Returning resident design showrooms include Modus, Haworth, Moroso, and Cappellini. New products will be launching in a number of spaces, including additions to the Ligni furniture range and a new collection of tactile finishes at Sven. Boen will be officially opening its design hub and celebrate the occasion by launching new hardwood floor products and colours of its Live Pure floors. DeVol will be showcasing its new Sebastian Cox kitchen display in its St John’s Square showroom. The design features copper worktops and a new shade of ‚Clerkenwell Blue’ cabinets.


New this year, the exhibition features lighting brands, showcasing new products and installations. John Hollington Design will be launching its newly developed Pavilion wall light, inspired by geometrical forms of modernist art and architecture, alongside a new colour range of Marianne pendant lamps. Other exhibitors include UK manufactured products from Bert Frank (pictured) and Czech lighting brand Brokis.

Address: Fabric Nightclub, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ
Opening hours 10:00 – 21:00 every day during CDW


The new pavilion offers accessories for designers to add the finishing touches to projects. Highlights include the aged brass light switch launching at the exhibition from Forbes & Lomax, a range of new door handles, and the latest Marble and Bronze range from London-based ironmongery design company The House of Eroji (pictured).

Address: St John’s Square, EC1M 4DS
Opening hours 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW


This exhibition marks the first time flooring company ruutu is appearing in the UK, as it showcases its latest collections. Other attendees include fabric company Création Baumann and lighting company LUCTRA, which will be presenting its range of floor and table lights (pictured).

Address: Garden of St James, St James Walk, EC1R 0EA
Opening hours 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW


Michael Northcroft will present its expanded Serafina collection. It now encompasses a console table, bedside table, and a three drawer chest, launching for the first time at Detail. Arte will be showcasing the three latest additions to its range of wallcoverings: the Curiosa (pictured), Takara, Focus and Metal X Signum collections.

Address: The Order of St John, St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ
Opening hours 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW


Platform has a range of new product launches within the atmospheric House of Detention. John Eadon presents Trellis, a freestanding modular shelving and room divider, as part of the MIMA Collection influenced by Windsor chair making. Anna Hayman shows its spring collection for the first time and a sneak peek at its autumn/winter 2018 florals collection. Pakistani design house KOHR (pictured), is launching the Ra light, Poseidon table, and the Horus shelf, designed specifically for CDW.

Address: House of Detention, 12 Sans Walk, EC1R 0AS
Opening hours 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW

Design Fields

Featuring a diverse range of brands, Design Fields showcases home-grown designer-makers alongside international companies. Scottish fabric manufacturer Bute (pictured) is presenting its recently launched Alchemy collection, while German bathroom manufacturer Bette will exhibit its new bath and a new colour it is adding to its existing products.

Address: Spa Fields, Northampton Road EC1R 0DF
Opening hours 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW

British Collection

Returning for the third year in a row, British Collection will be located in the barrel-roofed Crypt on Clerkenwell Green. Benchmark will be showcasing its OVO collection, a range of furniture created in collaboration with Foster + Partners. London-based lighting design company Hand & Eye will be launching the Gooseberry LED-based wall and ceiling lights. Handmade in the UK, they are available in a raw finish or glazed white with a terracotta rim (pictured). UK companies deVOL kitchens, Deadgood, and Morfus are also exhibiting.

Address: Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0EA
Opening hours 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW

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