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Celebrating its fifth edition, Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 (20-22 May) will showcase an array of newly commissioned projects, street spectacles and pop-up workshops, as part of its CDW Presents and Fringe series. Exclusive to the festival, the special features will be stationed prominently around Clerkenwell over the three days, created by a range of established and emerging names from both the design and architecture worlds.


This year’s CDW Presents brings together some of the leading creative pioneers to produce thought- provoking installations that push the boundaries of design, in terms of concepts, processes and material capabilities.

Clerkenwell Design Week’s headline sponsor Jaguar UK has joined forces with Italian lighting specialists Foscarini to create a show-stopping installation based on the leading theme Fearless Design. Featuring the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe sports car and Foscarini’s new totemic LED lamp, Tuareg, the illuminated sculpture will be on display in the atrium of the Design Factory, alongside a production version of the new Jaguar F- TYPE R Coupe.

On St John’s Square, architecture practice Studio Weave will install a pavilion, entitled Smith, paying homage to Clerkenwell’s heritage as the home to a range of smiths through history. Working alongside structural engineer Webb Yates and fabricator Nicholas Alexander, Studio Weave seeks to explore the creative use of tools and equipment, and how they can be applied to materials for product making. The pavilion (W3,675 x L6,125 x H5,705mm), sponsored by EQUITONE, will be made from fibre-cement panels to provide a stress-skin.

Furthermore, a group of contemporary craftsmen and smiths will take residence over the three days, hosting a range of open workshops and demonstrations. Harrington & Squires (20 May, 10am-5pm) will set up four Adana presses, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the traditional process of letterpress printing and print their own postcards to take away. On 21 May (10am-5pm), young designer-makers from The Goldsmiths Centre will host a pop-up jewellery and silversmithing workshop; while on 22 May (10am-5pm), Hobs Studio will invite architects and designers to enter their designs in an interactive workshop, and the winner will have their own model made by the studio using its latest 3-D printing technology.

Design collective OKAY Studio, supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, has produced an exhibition, FIVE, to celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week’s fifth edition, which will be on show at the SCIN Gallery on Old Street from 20 May.

Inspired by five American hardwood species – tulipwood, ash, hard maple, red oak and cherry, five design teams from OKAY Studio have independently created an eclectic mix of designs, to demonstrate how versatile American hardwood can be. The participating five teams include: Mathias Hahn, Liliana Ovalle, Ed Swan, Andrew Haythornthwaite and Peter Marigold (collaborating for this project), and partnership Hunting and Narud.

London-based architects russ + henshaw have partnered with Turkishceramics to create an installation, entitled Tile Mile, at St John’s Gate. Based on the concept of reflection, the installation will celebrate both the built heritage of Clerkenwell and modern Turkish ceramics. The two inner arches of St John’s Gate (6m tall) will feature parallel mirrors - also known as infinity mirrors – to reflect both the vaulted ceiling of the arch and the intricately tiled floorscape (W6m x L5.5m, using 7,200 tiles), creating the illusion of an infinite, crypt-like space. The tiling of the floor is expected to take an estimate of 88 hours to complete.

At Design Factory, Johnson Tiles will re-launch its Prismatics range of wall tiles, in collaboration with artist and colour consultant Ptolemy Mann. A giant mural will cover three of the show’s cowshed entrance walls, showing a variety of shades from the Prismatics collection, which for the first time features hexagon shapes designed to work in harmony with its standard tiles.

In partnership with onoffice and tokyobike, architectural expert – also Chairman of New London Architecture – Peter Murray, will lead a series of curated cycling tours over the three days of the festival, exploring the rich and varied working history of Clerkenwell.


As part of the Fringe programme, Clerkenwell Design Week has invited local creative practices – from architects and designers to branding agencies and craft studios – to host workshops and displays open to the public during the festival.

The official sponsor of Fringe, Urban Spaces has partnered with drinks specialists The Gin Garden to produce a temporary exhibition, entitled Portal to the Urban Gin Garden, at Portal restaurant on St John’s Street. The show will feature an exclusive installation created by multi-media artist Lauren Baker; known for her painted and embellished sculptural designs, Baker will also run a skull art class on 21 May. Other key events at Portal include a Grow Your Own Cocktail workshop on 22 May, hosted by urban gardener Tom Moggach for contemporary garden fair GROW London, and a gin tasting session run by British distiller Sipsmith on both 21 and 22 May.

Architects Paul Archer have teamed up with East London- based graphic artist Luke Embden to design a performance piece for the practice’s shop front on Farringdon Road. This graphic installation will be created over the course of three days during the festival (12pm-5pm), visualising the practice’s vision for the transformation of the railway cut of Farringdon station into a new public square serving the community of Clerkenwell. An informal Q&A with the architects and artist will also take place on the final evening (22 May).

Mid-century furniture shop Forest London will celebrate its second anniversary, by offering visitors a sneak peak into its daily process of transforming a mid-century piece back to its original glory. The in- store exhibit will feature a set of four FT30 chairs (left) by Dutch designer Cees Braakman in each stage of refurbishment, capturing the transformation of a 6o-year-old design classic into a fully functioning piece of modern furniture.

Communication design studio four23 is fascinated by the fluid frameworks that define human relationships, and the role that innovation and technology can play in shaping them. During Clerkenwell Design Week, at its Berry Street studio, four23 will bring to life the findings of If You Create A Highway - a research project that considers the areas of communication, human interaction, design, information and knowledge. Through digital and visual interactions, visitors are also encouraged to react and contribute - becoming part of the project to help further shape the research findings.

Chetwoods Associates will run a schedule of events during the festival under the theme, East to West and Clerkenwell to China: Cultural Evolution. The main exhibition, along with a range of daily talks, will explore how the practice’s experiences in Clerkenwell have informed their work in China, including a project on the world’s tallest pair of towers.

On 20 May, Colin Macgadie, Creative Director of BDG architecture + design will be in conversation with Richard Millar, President and CEO of Hill + Knowlton Strategies at the new Hill + Knowlton premises (the Buckley Building) to discuss the client and design story. Meanwhile, on 22 May, the Contemporary Art Society will host a free talk from its Head of Art Consultancy, Fabienne Nicholas at Scandinavian Business Seating’s showroom, to discuss the importance of art in the workplace. The talk will focus on how the organisation works with corporate collections, including the commissioning process, the impact art and design has on a corporate space, and the value of investing in great art.

?Creative agency Grey LDN, with one of the highest number of awards at this year's D&AD, will showcase the 2014 D&AD nominated work during Clerkenwell Design Week. The awards are to celebrate the best in design, advertising and digital work from the past year.

The essential information...

When ...         20–22 May2014
Where ...        All around Clerkenwell, London UK
How Much ...        Free to register
Tube Station ...         Barbican, Farringdon
Website ...
Twitter ...        @CDWfestival #CDW2014
Facebook...        /Clerkenwell.Design.Week

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