Clerkenwell Design Week returns

Internationally renowned design festival, Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May), will return for its sixth year, bringing together the latest innovations by some of the best creative forces from the UK and around the world. The event looks set to yet again encompass the true spirit of the design community in one of the world’s most vibrant, creative hubs.

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Scene from one of the exhibitions at last year’s Clerkenwell design Week

One of the best-loved events in the design industry calendar, Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day annual festival gathering Clerkenwell’s long-established design community together. The event has increasingly become a must go-to showcase for the UK and international design community. In 2014, 32,300 visitors attended the festival.

Since the Industrial Revolution, the area has housed craft workshops, printers, clockmakers and jewellers. Traditional crafts, such as printing and bookbinding still flourish, as do graphic

designers. In the last two decades, Clerkenwell’s unique variety buildings have been transformed into central studio and workshop spaces, attracting an unprecedented concentration of architectural, design and creative practices.

The global businesses that have made Clerkenwell their home have shaped the borough into the UK’s most important generator of creativity and innovation. Serving an infinite variety of other industries easily accessible  from across London, Clerkenwell has become home to a plethora of new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios and more than 200 architectural practices – more per square mile than anywhere else on the planet.

Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, who partner with Clerkenwell Design Week every year, providing the festival with a stimulating programme of topic-led events including talks, workshops and product launches. These participating companies include high-end contract furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands including new Barbican Life advertiser, West One Bathrooms.

For further details visit the Clerkenwell Design Week website www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com