Clerkenwell Design Week 23.05.16

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The design show returns this week for its seventh year, and is bigger than ever

Clerkenwell is a hub of creativity in central London, home to some of the world’s leading architects, designers and furniture brands. Now in its seventh year, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) has become a well-established event on the design calendar. This year, CDW will feature more than 300 exhibitors and draw over 35,000 visitors from the London and international design community over three days between 24 and 26 May.


The Museum of Making

Built from Equitone panels and designed by White Arkitekter with engineering from Price & Myers, the Museum of Making (pictured above) is a deconstructed barn that will function as a live social space dedicated to the art of making during CDW. Archival exhibits from the Museum of London will be on display alongside the work of contemporary makers practising in Clerkenwell. The museum is also hosting daily participatory workshops by The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Craft Central and graphic design agency Thomas Matthews.

Hakwood and Flea Folly Architects

FleaFolly Architects has partnered with Dutch wood flooring company Hakwood to design and create ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m-high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate. Inspired by a visit to Hakwood’s factory in the Netherlands, HakFolly is a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm amid the hubbub of CDW, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past.


CDW’s popular talk series, Conversations at Clerkenwell, kicks off at the Goldsmiths’ Centre on 24 May, along with daily workshops, a pop-up exhibition and a series of breakfast salons curated by Ineke Hans. Among the participants will be Sam Hecht of design firm Industrial Facility, designer-maker Sebastian Cox and jewellery designer Ivonna Poplanska.

Icon’s editor will in conversation with architect Daniel Libeskind and Patrizia Moroso discussing whether ‘Everything is Architecture’ (24 May, 3.30pm). If you don't have tickets, you can watch the talk live online by signing up here. ‘Digital in design: exploring new possibilities’ will be another highlight, with Sam Jacob, Amr Assaad of Buckley Gray Yeoman, Anab Jain of design practice Superflux and Rob Lindsay of 3D-printing expert iMakr discussing how tech is transforming how brands produce design (24 May, 12.30).

Clerkenwell Design Week takes place from 24t to 26 May 2016. Register here


Above: White Arkitekter's Museum of Making will function as a live social space

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Icon’s editor will in conversation with architect Daniel Libeskind and Patrizia Moroso discussing whether ‘Everything is Architecture’

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