Navigating one of the most richly curated design shows on offer can prove to be tricky so we thought we’d compile a list of the ten not-to-be-missed events at Clerkenwell Design Week (23rd – 25th May). The showrooms are obviously such a vital part of Clerkenwell, not least because they are the lifeblood of the district, but you must catch all the other equally intriguing events happening next week. There is so much on at Clerkenwell that it’s easy to get overwhelmed so it’s essential you stick to a plan. We recommend having a look around but resign yourself to the fact that you won’t be able to catch everything! The beauty of Clerkenwell is that it’s always jam-packed full of great events.
Continuing its long tradition of hosting unique events and exhibitions at Clerkenwell Design Week, Icon Magazine will take over Fabric nightclub, presenting Icon House of Culture sponsored by Bang & Olufsen. The club’s impressive brick vaults, once the cold store of Smithfield Market, will feature a careful selection of top international design brands. 10:00-21:00 every day during CDW.
2. Allermuir – Botanical Styling by Geo-fleur
See experts Geo-Fleur arrange beautiful flora and fauna. Get Instagram at the ready! Wednesday 24th 10:00 to 20:00.
Colour expert Pantone shares insights on the psychology of colour. Tuesday 23rd 18:00 to 22:00 pm.
4. The Cube
Be part of a unique and evolving art project by leaving your black light signature at The Gallery. Experiment with UV tattoos, UV painting and much more. The best UV design will win a Tom Dixon cocktail set. Wednesday 24th May 09:00 to 17:30.
An exploration into modern materials presented by Seetal Solanki, director of research consultancy Ma-tt-er. Where will material designers go next? Seetal is joined by Justin Floyd of Solid Wool, designer, maker and researcher James Shaw, and experimental designer Marlène Huissoud to discuss the latest work-in-progress developments of this ever-changing sector of design. Thursday 25th May 10:15 – 11:00am. Booking is essential.
6. The Beacon
This year’s CDW Presents is showing some of the festival’s most ambitious installations, including The Beacon, located at the entrance to Design Fields. Inspired by the Tower of Babel, the 7.5m-tall structure has an internal staircase encased in a typographical design that celebrates multiculturalism. Visitors can climb the staircase to a viewing platform that overlooks where industrial Clerkenwell meets the historical.
Founded by duo Karl Karter and Harshini Hollands-Carter, London Rocks opened their doors in 2014 in the heart of London’s Jewellery Quarter, Hatton Garden. Come along to their ring wax carving workshop: design and carve your own ring! Work alongside trained jewellers in the workshop to create your piece. The day costs £120 p/p and includes the silver cast of your design. Everyday 10am-2pm.
8. Double Vision by Hakwood
Hakwood, global leader in the design and manufacture of top quality wood flooring and wall tiles, returns to CDW and sponsors Double Vision, a 4 meter high structural installation of recursive patterns nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close. Inspired by the pattern possibilities of Hakwood’s wall tile range, Double Vision is a double panelled structure which aims to create an uplifting moment whilst walking the exhibition route. The piece celebrates pattern and form and its powers to brighten and energise.
Banksy is world famous although anonymous. The Bristol-based graffiti artist is also a political activist and film director. Tuesday 24th 09:00 to 18:00.
BLEED – An interactive installation by Lighting Design Studio, Popcorn, Red Deer and Hatton Garden BID. Home to London’s historic jewellery quarter and a number of creative industries, Hatton Garden believes in infectious creativity. ‘Bleed’ brings to life the history of Bleeding Heart Yard and illustrates the creative spirit spreading locally. 9am – 5pm & 5pm – 11pm everyday.
You’ll find us at the end of Thursday night at the legendary Humanscale Party! Friday might start off slowly this week…
We’ll be back at the end of the week to give our round up of Clerkenwell and what we thought was the best event & pieces of design.