Impressive year for Creative Business at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

Clerkenwell Design Week 2018 sponsored by Armourcoat Acoustic has been recognised as a huge success as the ninth edition came to an end

Over 34,060 visitors from 73 countries attend London’s most important commercial design festival.

The ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), sponsored by Armourcoat Acoustic, delivered huge benefit to London’s creative hub with over 65,757 new business leads generated during the three-day festival – a 14% increase on 2017. With more than 200 brands exhibiting across the 7 venues and 100 showrooms, CDW brought life to the area from 22 -24 May and further cemented the festival as a key event on the international design calendar.

This year’s festival focused on sustainability with Your Tote Counts and Reform proving a topical subject matter as the debate continues to rage about plastic packaging. The Clerkenwell pink wayfinding once again refined the visitor experience and helped with access to the extensive combination of exhibitions, showrooms, installations and over 300 live events. Visitors also observed ground-breaking installations including Royal Approval, the world’s largest origami structure folded from composite aluminium sheets with a flexible core of four metres high.

The Conversations at Clerkenwell series, sponsored by Mapei, staged in a specially designed talks space located within Design Fields, included a host of design thinkers and influencers including Fredrikson Stallard, Patrizia Moroso, Timorous Beasties and many more. The ninth edition also welcomed 26 fringe partners, including Pilbrow and Partners who showcased the latest in VR experience.

Daren Newton, Managing Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, commented “The ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week was hugely successful and has proven that the festival is a substantial player on the global design scene. The CDW Presents installations raised questions about sustainability within the design industry and we were delighted to have our first charity partner Maggie’s on board, as well as the successful launch of our new exhibition Light located in Fabric nightclub. We are now very excited to start planning for our 10 year anniversary celebration for 2019.”

Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 will take place Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd May.