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Clerkenwell Keeps Design Moving: An impressive year for Creative Business

The seventh edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) delivered huge benefit to London’s key design cluster with over 41,000 new business leads generated directly at the three-day show. With over 90 local showrooms, and more than 300 exhibiting brands, CDW brought London’s most idiosyncratic and creative quarters alive from 24 – 26 May. Visitors came from over 70 countries, mixing with exhibitors drawn from more than 20 countries, CDW used its transitional year to build on its position on the international design calendar.

Sponsored by Renault for the second year, 65% of the visitors to CDW were architects or designers, confirming the importance of CDW for London’s creative sector and delivered through a unique format, including eight exhibition venues, over 150 local businesses and a series of original site-specific installations, with over 400 events.

New for 2016 was the comprehensive re-calibration of the show, which stretched across Clerkenwell, master planned by local architecture practice OMMX. This provided a fresh outlook on both the area and the experience of visiting a business-focussed design event. Eye-catching way-finding guided visitors between festival locations as they explored the new parts of Clerkenwell, to hunt out the latest in design. Along with the geographic expansion of the exhibitions, a gateway destination to Clerkenwell’s showrooms was added at Brewhouse Yard and The Goldsmiths’ Centre took centre stage as the show’s Live Events Hub.

The Conversations at Clerkenwell series of talks and panel discussions, sponsored by 250 City Road, included a host of design thinkers and influencers and was headlined by a specially devised salon series curated by Ineke Hans, Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Patricia Moroso and Tom Dixon on his CDW installation, The Church. The live events programme complimented a series of high profile product launches and CDW exclusives, such as Loll’s UK debut and Layer design’s world’ first 3-D printed wheelchair by Benjamin Hubert at Clerkenwell London.

William Knight, Show Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, said; “It has been a sensational year for Clerkenwell Design Week with a completely new layout and the introduction of exciting new venues, such as the iconic Fabric nightclub and Design Fields near Exmouth Market. The campaign ‘covered’ by Parallel, new way-finding and a strong set of installations all contributed to a memorable and transitional edition of the show. Much of the work is down to the commitment of creative teams and sponsors, in particular; Renault and Fusion Events, Giles Miller and British Ceramic Tile, FleaFollyArchitects and Hakwood and White Arkitekter with EQUITONE. We know Clerkenwell is a dynamic and significant part of London’s design economy - our ambition is for CDW to reflect this and express this in new and original ways. The layout for the show has created a unique experience, and one which we believe will allow for sustained growth in the future.”

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 takes place Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 May.