Celebrating its 9th year, Clerkenwell Design Week has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival, annually attracting the cream of the international design community to ‘our’ little borough of London for three days of exciting events. The 2017 edit saw over 34,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibiting brands. Integral to the festival, of course, are the showrooms – the residents – who partner with CDW every year, providing the festival with a stimulating programme of events, seminars, talks, workshops and product launches. These participating showrooms include high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom, flooring, surface and material brands. And despite reports to the contrary (oh those C’well fishwives will gossip), there are plenty of top brands returning this year. Here’s our definitive guide to the best of ’em…
During Clerkenwell Design Week, Elite’s open showroom provides visitors with the opportunity to view its latest products, including Progress Plus, an enhanced Sit/Stand desk, Alto Bench for agile working, Salto multi-purpose chairs and Bob, its newest bench stool. Elite’s designs are created to engage and cultivate users in environments that are continuously changing.
81-87 St John Street EC1M 4NQ
At Ocee Design’s showroom, artist and workplace consultant, Doug Shaw, takes you on your artistic journey to explain why it is important to sustain creativity in the workplace. Visit the virtual reality area, attend new RIBA CPD’s and relax on newly launched British and Scandinavian designed seating. Follow #OceeFreeArt to find original artwork hidden around Clerkenwell.
20 Old Street EC1V 9AB
Tarkett and DESSO invite visitors to ‘Meet The Future Human’ at CDW18. The flooring specialists are enticing visitors with thought-provoking talks, virtual reality art workshops, live music and sneak previews of new products. Guest speakers include Caroline Till of FranklinTill, acclaimed futurologist Tom Cheesewright and a panel debate led by Katie Treggiden.
23-25 Great Sutton St EC1V 0DN
Connection are specialists in developing innovative furniture and products that ‘Make space work’. CDW18 will see Connection showcase a total showroom redesign with new product development focused around collaborative and co-working spaces. The new showroom redesign will take you through a full sensory journey of the workspace through the application of intelligent products integrated with colour and material trends, wellbeing design and intuitive technology.
Great Sutton Street EC1V 0NA
Visitors to Boss Design’s newly refurbished showroom will be guided through six ‘Habitats’ to be considered when creating high performing work environments. New launches include Mango – a personal workspace solution created with headspace in mind – and enhanced features for TP4, an innovative telephone booth collection. Visitors can also appreciate the true flexibility of ATOM, Boss Design’s revolutionary furniture collection, designed by Simon Pengelly.
7 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PA
Having relocated to an impressive new showroom in Dallington Street in the heart of Clerkenwell, Bisley – the British storage specialist – is opening its doors to visitors of CDW18 for the first time as Clerkenwell residents. Industry friends, The Furniture Makers’ Company and Dirty Furniture magazine, will also be present over the three days in Bisley’s dedicated events space.
32 Dallington Street EC1V 0BZ
Forbo Flooring Systems
Forbo Flooring Systems will be flocking mad at this year’s CDW as it highlights the benefits of its hybrid flocked floor covering, Flotex. The showroom will be transformed into a unique, flocking art gallery experience, which will also display previews of a brand new Flotex range designed by Phillipe Starck.
79 St John Street EC1M 4NR
Colebrook Bosson Saunders
At this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, CBS will examine the theme of ‘inspiration’ through a series of workshops to inspire visitors to learn a new skill. They will also explore what inspires them to continually innovate in the design of industry firsts. Keep an eye on www.colebrookbossonsaunders.com as CBS confirm tutors.
20 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DP
Allermuir designs contemporary furniture that defies expectations. The UK furniture brand has just opened a stunning bright new showroom off Charterhouse Street, so join them to celebrate in style. Allermuir is offering breakfast every morning and the afternoons will see a classic combination of soulful house music, curated by Ella Durston, paired with a carefully selected drinks menu.
Fox and Knot Street EC1M 6AE
During Clerkenwell Design Week, Bene will present STUDIO, a new modular workplace system blurring the line between personal and professional working environments. STUDIO designer Thomas Feichtner will be discussing its creation and development – and Bene will also host a panel of experts at the intersection of behavioural science and design to question how working environments will support our future needs.
47-53 St John Street EC1M 4AN
Visitors to Cosentino City London can discover the latest on-trend launches for the Silestone quartz and Dekton ultra-compact surfaces and explore their various architecture and design applications. Two striking installations will also be on show: ‘10 Layers’, a sculptural Silestone ping pong table designed by renowned architect Ron Arad and ‘mevo by fussstetter’, a versatile indoor/outdoor kitchen concept featuring Dekton.
28-32 Old Street EC1V 9AB
Gresham is a leading British designer and manufacturer of workplace furniture. Established in 1976, Gresham’s product portfolio includes a wide variety of soft seating, task chairs, desks, tables, screens and storage systems. The company manufactures products suitable for use in traditional office floors, teaching facilities, meeting rooms, reception spaces, breakout and hospitality zones.
65 Clerkenwell Road EC1R 5BL
Koleksiyon is an international brand, producing design-led furniture and accessories for living and working environments. For CDW18 the newly refreshed flagship showroom will host events including: Challenge the Banal: Art by Finn Stone; Celebrating Biophilia with Plant Designs; Unbuilt – from ‘photo’ to ‘photo-realistic’; Clarus ‘Going for Gold’ A&D art competition.
9 Brewhouse Yard EC1V 4JR
Research is key to the Orangebox philosophy and, for CDW18, Creative Director Gerry Taylor will be discussing emerging cultural trends within the workplace – the subject of his new book, ‘That’s not a stick, that’s a log’. Orangebox will also be previewing two new products – Coze and Cubb 2.0, – while Eva designer Phil Hallett will be discussing the challenges of becoming a more environmentally considerate manufacturer and how this is shaping the company’s future design thinking.
38 Northampton Road EC1R 0HU
Flokk is hosting a series of activities, panel discussions, events and a new product launch from HÅG. Renowned globe makers, Bellerby & Co, will create a handmade giant globe in the pop-up studio, and the team will also be hosting a panel discussion with wellbeing specialists Wellworking, discussing what role movement plays in driving wellbeing and performance in the workplace.
63 Central Street EC1V 3AF
Davison Highley is a British furniture manufacturer known for producing upholstered furniture of the highest calibre. Join the business as it celebrates its new look showroom, previews new designs and displays its beautiful furniture collections. Find Davison Highley on the lower ground floor of 16 Brewhouse Yard, where its lovely outdoor area and expansive showroom will be open each day of the festival.
16 Brewhouse Yard EC1V 4LJ
In recognition of becoming a founding member of the Well Living Lab, Milliken transform their showroom into a ‘wellness zone’ for CDW. Jeremy Myerson leads a panel debate on the future of wellness. There will be mindfulness writing workshops, drawing to soothe the mind with Liz Atkins, tea tasting and making with Herbal Hackney, whilst renowned artist Supermundane will create a mural. Milliken will also launch new collection, ‘Crafted Series’.
5 Berry Street EC1V 0AA
Umbrella Furniture is curating a pop-up showroom entitled ‘Umbrella and Friends’ in partnership with Walter Knoll, Established & Sons, Hay, +Halle, Blå Station, Gubi, Republic of Fritz Hansen, Edsbyn, Verpan, Kvadrat and Mitab, to promote the best and latest products shown at this year’s Stockholm or Milan shows for the first time in London. Icons of Denmark will install a Grid pavilion as the main feature. Umbrella will host a cultural talk with a keynote speaker and guest panel, live stream Q&A with an after-party and resident DJ until late. Drop by for free giveaways, BBQ, drinks or relax in our indoor garden created by architectural film partner ‘T6’.
9 Brewhouse Yard EC1V 4JR
Morgan’s Clerkenwell showroom will celebrate the theme ‘The Art of Collaboration’. Join Morgan for a prestigious panel discussion, drinks, jazz and installation by artists Expanded Eye on Tuesday 22nd. Partake in an art workshop and hear from designers Innermost and Bang & Olufsen on Wednesday 23rd. Launches include additions to the Pimlico and Chevy collections.
1 Dallington Street EC1V 0BH
The Water Studio is hansgrohe’s hub of inspiration and this year the award-winning bathroom and kitchen specialist will be celebrating 25 years of AXOR at Clerkenwell Design Week. Over the course of the week there will be a variety of events, including a new AXOR product launch to mark this special occasion. Visit hansgrohe to experience an artistic expression of water from the company ranked 6th in the IF Design Awards.
12-16 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PQ
Interface will showcase how +Positive spaces need better products, make people happier and create a healthier planet as part of Clerkenwell Design Week. Showroom visitors can take part in thought-provoking discussions on marine plastics, led by National Geographic’s Paul Rose, how to repurpose waste into beautiful products, and get hands-on during design workshops involving Interface’s latest products.
1 Northburgh St EC1V 0AL
Verco is a family business, founded to design and manufacture high quality, imaginative and creative furniture solutions. Good design is about the right response to a brief. Verco’s approach tempers its wealth of experience and expertise with meeting the needs of its partners to create beautifully considered products. Join the team and experience the Verco difference.
Clerkenwell House, 67 Clerkenwell Road EC1R 5BL
Kusch+Co is a leading manufacturer of high quality furniture. The company’s mission is to furnish contract environments with design-oriented seating and tables that excel in functionality. Kusch will be launching some new and innovative products and finishes during CDW18. Visit the showroom and meet designer Norbert Geelen.
48-50 St John Street EC1M 4DG
Actiu is a global office furniture and seating manufacturer with headquarters in Alicante, Spain, and offices in major cities around the world. This is a year of celebrations for Actiu, who is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Its Technology Park factory complex is LEED platinum and becoming WELL certified, with its main features being flexibility, sustainability and design approach.
28, Seward Street EC1V 3PA
Steelcase will be exhibiting its latest innovations at its showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week. Series 1 a new task chair, developed at an accessible price point, while retaining first class ergonomics, will be unveiled. The innovative SilQ will also be on display; its high-performance polymer material gives it the ability to respond to natural movement, without the need for a series of mechanisms.
77-79 Farringdon Road EC1M 3JU
Celebrating the revolution of ege’s principal Highline Express collections, making the design carpet choice easier than ever before, ege invites visitors to become fully up-to-date with the latest carpet trends. Join inspirational showroom talks with Rikke Skytte, one of Denmark’s leading trend forecasters and Creative Lead with the Danish trend agency PEJ on Thursday 24 May at 12 noon or 2pm.
13-16 Britton Street EC1M 5SX
Isomi will be celebrating Clerkenwell Design Week at their showroom at 1 Sans Walk, where they will be unveiling the brand new collection of modular storage systems, designed by Paul Crofts. Assembled by Isomi is an innovative collection of highly flexible storage and display solutions, which have been designed to complement Isomi’s existing range of award-winning modular furniture solutions in metal, concrete and solid surface.
1 Sans Walk EC1R 0LY
Ultrafabrics will be opening its first UK showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week – and with it a whole new world of intelligent fabrics, innovation and creativity. Ultrafabrics is a progressive brand based on a hybrid of American and Japanese expertise. The one-of-a-kind fabrics combine Japanese craftsmanship with pioneering technology to offer transformative tactile experiences across a broad spectrum of industries.
6 Northburgh Street EC1V 0AY
What makes a house a home? Great design and fine ingredients are essential in creating innovative architecture, but a considered, bespoke approach is what elevates a project to the next level, unlocking the secret to inspirational residential space. Join Mosa and Grohe to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of contemporary housing design.
56-60 St John Street EC1M 4HG
With an unrivalled pallet of finishes that moves through the entire portfolio, Alea delivers an aesthetic others aspire to. Even old standards have been revitalised to raise the bar in office design. Possibly the highest showroom in Clerkenwell and with three terraces, it provides a great venue to stop and reflect on what is great about this fair.
50-54 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PS
Designing the future. Respecting the Past. Edge looks forward to seeing visitors for its dynamic and stimulating programme of talks, CPD’s and Design Workshops, plus ‘Phantom Architecture’ – an exhibition of plans and images of inspired and fantastical buildings from architectural history that were never built. #Tweetabeat party at 6pm Wed 23rd, product launches at 12 noon Thurs 24th
First Floor, 21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DY
Senator’s tech-driven furniture would be at home in any office environment. After relocating its showroom to Charterhouse Square, Senator is adding a brand new seating studio in time for its first Clerkenwell Design Week. Join Senator for a tour of the new showroom to see its latest products and share in its legendary hospitality.
25 Charterhouse Square EC1M 6AE
Come and visit the new Frövi showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week, where the company will be launching its brand new ranges of social space furniture. The focus this year is on inspiring customers by using a range of alternative materials, to create truly tailored furniture options – head to the fantastic St John’s Lane space to discover more.
28 St John’s Lane EC1M 4BU
Yorkshire based furniture design and manufacturing company naughtone are preparing to showcase their newest and most comprehensive ranges of soft seating at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. The naughtone team will be welcoming a variety of visitors through the doors to take a look at the new products on display, and to of course, to take a seat!
6 Bakers Yard EC1R 3DD
The guys at Deadgood are pleased to announce the opening of their first permanent UK showroom and welcome visitors to experience their collection of ‘products with personality’ first-hand.
Sitting alongside classic designs from the catalogue will be a variety of new product launches, developed in-house and in collaboration with a selection of leading British designers. The Deadgood team are a happy and friendly bunch of folk who look forward to seeing you in this permanent new Clerkenwell home on Old Street.
46-48 Old Street EC1V 9AQ
Start your festival with a stop at Sven as it celebrates the first anniversary of its London Design Studio, reveal striking new additions to the Ligni furniture range, and ‘feel the difference’ of its beautiful new collections of tactile finishes. Established in 1974, Sven is a British designer and manufacturer of high-quality classic and contemporary office furniture and workplace solutions.
111 Charterhouse Street EC1M 6AW
Forma 5’s guests will experience the very best in commercial office lighting, acoustics and ergonomic comfort. This is how all places of work should perform to stimulate employees to greater creativity in an environment that protects their long-term health. A light buffet and drinks will be available all day, everyday.
14-18 Old Street EC1V 9BH
Italian seating manufacturer Luxy displays the latest in contract and office seating over two floors in its showroom, new for 2018. The loft style space hosts unrivalled views across London and the three terraces host collections of outdoor furniture, including Ribelle stools and stacking chairs and Incollection tables.
4th Floor, 50-54 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PS
Shaw Contract explores: sensory experience and wellbeing, designing healthy places and the process of product development. On 22nd and 23rd May, a series of special forums take place, as Shaw Contract partners with leading Stockholm-based design office Form Us with Love for the second instalment of Prototypa in London.
Hub 33, 33 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DX
Camira is giving an insight into the textile landscape, tracing the origin of its raw materials, through the processes of textile manufacturing to create the materials that transform our interiors. ‘From farm to fabric and everything in between’ is part of Made by Camira, telling the company’s story as the maker, designer and manufacturer. Wool fabrics are displayed, including new colourways in the bestselling Blazer.
8 & 10 Brewhouse Yard EC1V 4DG
Frem Group’s striking, contemporary Signature furniture collection will be showcased alongside the expanded Oasis range, Novus, and stunning new Impressions reception desk designs. Visitors can see for themselves the premium craftsmanship of the natural wood and metal Signature creations, experience an oasis of calm in Frem’s booths/pods and get a first look at the new receptions range, which is sure to impress.
20-24 Kirby Street EC1N 8TS
ABL is excited to be launching its new London showroom at CDW18 with its partners at the Vault. Join the team for events and refreshments throughout the week, including speakers, demonstrations and competitions. Experience the exciting new range of Chroma Power Modules and be one of the first to receive the 2018 Catalogue.
The Vault, 8-11 St John’s Lane EC1M 4BF
This collaboration of six companies creates a complete and integrated solution for office interiors. The Gallery features products from steel office furniture manufacturer Silverline, ergonomic office accessories supplier Ergo, upholstered seating producer sixteen3, desking and collaborative tables brand Tangent, task-seating manufacturer Comfort and commercial flooring company Marlings Surface Design. Aircharge provides the latest wireless charging solutions. Join the team for a superb mix of activities that will whet the appetite of designers.
21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DY
James Tobias Ltd
James Tobias Ltd has been providing organisations with optimum storage solutions for over 25 years. The company has a range of exciting new products on offer, including Fast Lockers, TeaPoints, railway carriages and student accommodation, and designs and manufactures all its products in-house. Its extensive product portfolio includes the ever-popular StorageWall range and an extensive range of lockers, as well as the EducationWall, MediaWall, Quebix, Partioning and Divide solutions.
Lower Ground Floor, 8 St John’s Lane EC1M 4BF
The new Humanscale London showroom will be situated at 200 St John Street. The historic building, in the heart of Clerkenwell, will be transformed into a space that reflects health, wellbeing and hospitality. Humanscale will celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week with the legendary Humanscale closing party. The much-anticipated party has been reinvented for 2018 with a new venue and new style at the beautiful and iconic Barbican Conservatory.
200 St John Street EC1V 4RN
Created for the collaborative, Tangent’s enhanced Region Table is a perfect workspace solution. Long-lasting, rounded edge, Perfect Sense or Nano Tech Tops with wireless charging combine with a sturdy underframe, a complete cable managed system and attractive oak legs. A new design comes with internal racetrack style connections panel, making it a unique workspace furniture piece.
The Gallery 21-22 Great Sutton Street
TOTO celebrate the launch of their new WASHLET RX with a free daily exhibition of projects from around the world. Events include Talking Toilets on Tuesday 23 May, 12noon-12.45pm, where you can find out how esteemed practice David Morley Architects used TOTO. On Wednesday 24 May 12noon -12.45pm, Bathing Rituals for Wellness celebrates the power of water and TOTO’s magnificent new Flotation Tub.
140-142 St John Street EC1V 4UA
Get your creative on at Clerkenwell. Explore colour at the Altro showroom through fun origami and paper cutting activities. Learn how to use colour consciously for wellbeing with applied colour psychology practitioner Karen Haller (11AM-3PM).
15 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DP
Come and discover Kiik, a new modular collection of seating, tables, ottomans and consoles, which creates moments for working, gathering or simply relaxation. Kiik, designed for Arper by Iwasaki Design Studio, has been created to address the needs of waiting rooms, university lounges, workspaces, meeting areas and mixed-use spaces. The showroom will also host the official CDW Bloggers Lounge.
11 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PA
Era has been trading for over 20 years, where it has evolved from a screen supplier into a bespoke UK manufacturer, best known for flexibility and service, with most success in agile working products, especially pods and booths. This year sees the launch of four new products to enhance the office and way we work; Carnival, Zen, Lily and Gemini.
The Old Trading House, 15 Northburgh St EC1V 0JR
Havwoods have been inspiring architects and interior designers for well over 40 years. ‘We’re the people they turn to for beautiful wood flooring design,’ they tell us. ‘You’ll almost certainly have worked on one of our floors since they grace some of the best bars, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants across the world.’
26-27 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DS
Kvadrat Soft Cells
Kvadrat Soft Cells offers high-performance acoustic panels, mounted on walls and ceilings. The panels bring acoustic comfort, aesthetic excellence and tactile surfaces into any design scheme, providing a solution to the acoustic challenges of modern architecture, whilst promoting productivity. Sustainably designed and durable, Kvadrat Soft Cells frames are made with a minimum of 50% recycled aluminium.
15 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0BX
Decca proudly presents a mix of contemporary furniture in response to the changing requirements of the modern office. Decca collaborates with some of the world’s most renowned design professionals to create luxurious furniture for commercial, hospitality and residential interiors. During CDW18 you will have the opportunity to meet Erin Ruby, the New York-based designer of the Gait Collection.
The Vault, 8-11 St John’s Lane EC1M 4BF
At CDW18, Nomique Seating will be introducing ‘Worksphere’, a comprehensive solution for the agile workplace. Worksphere has been designed to combine the flexibility required to meet ever-evolving business needs whilst simultaneously empowering the individual to optimise their productivity and wellbeing.
The Old Trading House, 15 Northburgh St EC1V 0JR
Within the Winglet collection, Bralco extends the ergonomic benefits of sit/stand tables from operational areas to managerial spaces and meeting rooms, together with options for breakout areas. Winglet is a collection of sit/stand tables available with many different option and functions: independent workstations, team workbench compositions, complete with easy adjustments of heights, ensuring perfect ergonomic positions.
104-110 Goswell Road EC1V7DH
CDW18 will see the launch of Creatif’s brand new showroom at 79 Clerkenwell Road – a destination showcasing the company’s leading moving wall systems, acoustic solutions and brand new collection of workplace furniture, Effectif. Creatif is also launching Seclusif – a new modular acoustic rooms, which will be on display during the show.
79 Clerkenwell Road EC1R 5AR
Dieffebi S.p.A. presents the new Echo Locker collection, an innovative system of containers for personal but shared use with the new construction concept, which allows the integration of various aesthetic, technological and aggregation solutions, such as the inclusion of an integrated lighting system and practical USB ports to charge mobile devices.
2nd floor, 104-110 Goswell Road EC1V 7DH
Moroso reveals the visually stunning refresh of the London showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week. The iconic Italian contemporary furniture company will be showcasing its creative personality with highlights from their 2018 collection direct from the Milan furniture fair. Sign up for the design workshop, with an opportunity to win a Paper Planes chair on Wednesday 23 May, judged by the designers Doshi Levien.
7-15 Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4SP
Domus is set to launch ‘Piano’ from Mutina at CDW18 and will also host a design talk (on the 24th at 1pm) entitled New & Emerging Tile Trends, with guest speaker Ronan Bouroullec. Domus’ Senior Designer will discuss new and emerging tile trends and guest speaker Ronan Bouroullec will also talk through Piano, his new porcelain range for Mutina, designed with his brother Erwan.
50 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DF
From height-adjustable workstations and smart table programs, to acoustic furniture, quirky seating solutions and convenient add-ons, like power-boxes and monitor arms, ThinkingWorks furniture is designed to solve problems in the most beautiful, practical and sustainable of ways. Above all, ThinkingWorks is curious – because curiosity finds new ways. It strives for novel ideas and seeks out better solutions. Because life’s more fun when you’re curious!
32 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PS
British Ceramic Tile
British Ceramic Tile is the UKs largest manufacturer of ceramic and glass tiles. Design and innovation are at the heart of everything the company does, with a service offer to match. The extensive product range covers ceramic, porcelain, and glass, with diverse range options across wall, floor and multiuse solutions, for domestic and commercial applications.
Seward Street EC1V 3PA
2018 is Casala’s 100th anniversary year and it also marks the opening of its new showroom in the heart of Clerkenwell. Casala recently acquired Palau, a premium producer of lounge furniture, acoustic solutions and modular seating systems, allowing it to broaden its product offering and strengthen its service.
2 Sycamore Street EC1Y 0SF
Solus is one of the UK’s most established and experienced suppliers of porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal and natural stone tiles. Join them during CDW18 at their brand new specification showroom at 80 Clerkenwell Road and explore a host of innovative tiling materials in an inspirational design space. CDW sees the launch of many exciting new ranges and guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and entertainment everyday throughout the festival.
80 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RJ