Clerkenwell Design Week: all set for the eighth edition

London 23-25 May 2017

by Angelo Dell'Olio
3 Love 4218 Visits

Set across three days, 23-25 May 2017, Clerkenwell Design Week sponsored by Renault, returns for its eighth edition, hosting the best in design from around the world and featuring a huge range of home-grown talent.

“Clerkenwell is an exciting place to live and work and its dynamism is brought to life by Clerkenwell Design Week. We’ve worked hard to develop the festival with a wide range of stakeholders, locally and internationally; 2017 promises to be another brilliant year, building on the new layout. CDW is now both a sustainable model for design events and a unique visitor experience.” – William Knight, Consultant Show Director.


Clerkenwell Design Week has been crucial in the promotion of London’s creative industry, spotlighting Clerkenwell’s unique history, craftsmanship and commerce. Over recent years, the area has seen CDW develop increasingly collaborative relationships with the local community and public bodies, working together to enhance the recognition and importance of this world-class design cluster.

Following the successful remodelling of CDW 2016, which established new venues and routes through the show, this year’s edition will focus on refining the visitor experience and access to the extensive combination of exhibitions, installations and live events across over 100 spaces.


This May, CDW will once again define the area’s boundaries by focusing on a central spine running the length of Clerkenwell, reaching Exmouth Market to the north and Smithfield to the south. The layout follows a trail linking seven temporary exhibition spaces and a series of commissioned installations, clustered in three key areas: Design Fields, St James and St John. Specialist way-finding design agency Space Agency will bring the exhibition trail to life with a specially designed way-finding scheme, allowing visitors to easily navigate the medieval street pattern.

With the aim of increasing footfall in the north of Clerkenwell, The Conversations at Clerkenwell series will be staged in a specially designed talks space located within Design Fields. The temporary structure is complimented by the Design Library, supported by +Halle furniture; a space where visitors can relax, refresh and recharge whilst enjoying reading a wide selection of leading design publications.

Stationed at points along the route, headline sponsor Renault will provide their fleet of electric Twizys to shuttle visitors across the show, alongside its stylish ZOE electric vehicle.


Clerkenwell Design Week runs from 23-25 May 2017. 

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