Step Inside: Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

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The Mix Online Barometer posed the question as to which commercial interior design event was the most important. As we go to press, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is out in front, with Orgatec and Milan’s Salone close behind and Neocon and Stockholm just over the first fence.

The Farmiloe Building is continuing its journey, being refashioned as a 40,000 sq ft commercial development by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and will therefore no longer be part of the Clerkenwell design jamboree. The exhibition space is being replaced with locations that have names like Design Fields, Platform, Additions and British Collection.

What hasn’t changed is the plethora of world class suppliers to the commercial interior design world who will once again be opening their showrooms; providing a mix of fun, food, learning and distilled/fermented water (depending on the time of day, no doubt).

The following pages will give you a sense of what to expect from those showspaces at CDW later this month. We hope it will be of use when planning your visit. Do look out for the Mix team – we hope to catch up, as we love chatting and drinking as much as the next chatty drinker.



91 Goswell Rd EC1V 7EXknoll-product

Iconic furniture brand Knoll is showcasing a selection of exciting new designs straight from Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2016 at its Clerkenwell showroom on Goswell Road.

Always at the forefront, Knoll is involved in the construction of a new lifestyle and proposes a return to the pleasure of being at home, to the comfort of a beautiful interior, consistent with our way of life. The return to the pleasure of living is the new revolution of Knoll.


bolton-product2 Northburgh St EC1V 0AY

During the festival Bolon will explore the art direction of the Bolon By You campaign,

communicated by London-based designers Doshi Levien, which is all about bringing tactility and physicality to Bolon flooring. This was done by juxtaposing the woven flooring with other architectural materials such as brass, cork, copper and stone, creating a dramatic and evocative campaign.


The Pavilion, Stand DP 12gerflor-product

International flooring and interiors specialists Gerflor are set to wow the visiting throngs at the Clerkenwell Design Week this coming May with some stunning examples of just how their innovative flooring ranges are making their mark in not only a host of commercial applications, but in the home too.


13 Northburgh St EC1V 0JPhumanscale-product

Humanscale, the global leader in ergonomic products, will be hosting discussions pertinent in the modern workplace, from co-working, to technology and wellbeing. Three new products will be launched – Smart Chair, Quickstand Lite and M/Connect. Whilst entertainment comes from The Comedy Store Players rounded off with The Legendary Humanscale Party (strictly invite only).


St Johns Square EC1V 4JPUF-product

Ultrafabrics® specialises in the engineering, manufacturing and distribution of the highest quality polyurethane fabrics on the market.

The Ultrafabrics® Takumi Gallery will be a pop up space on St Johns Square highlighting their special American/Japanese relationship and showcasing the range of textures and colours.


49-51 Central St EC1V 8ABusm-product

USM has collaborated with Marokka to transform their showroom into a menagerie of 3D printed sculptural animals, as well as an augmented reality installation which will feature a virtual 2 metre sculpture. Visitors will also be able to win one of the sculptures created in the USM showroom via a 3D printer.


7 Clerkenwell Rd EC1M 5PAboss-product

Boss Design will be raising the curtain on a groundbreaking task seating range that will further revolutionise this sector.

Also to be unveiled is a soft seating collection from Lyndon Design. Boasting armchair and sofa options, Lexe is designed to add grace and panache to hospitality and corporate settings.

A new modular seating system by Komac will also be revealed.


75 Turnmill St EC1M 5SYassman-product

Assmann has become a popular choice amongst architects and designers, especially when it comes to designing, manufacturing, supplying and installing office furniture. On show during CDW 2016 are their sit/sit and sit/stand solutions as well as the unique Applica workstation.

Celebrate with the German manufacturer on Wednesday, 25 May, at their Turnmill St home.


5 Berry St EC1V 0AAmilliken-pic

Milliken’s events take their lead from the punk and street art that inspired its latest collection ‘Artistic Liberties’. Highlights will include a talk from legendary fashion designer, musician and artist Pam Hogg; also a street art extravaganza with talks and live painting featuring Ben Eine, Jimmy C, Artista, Annatomix and Dan Kitchener.


1 Sans Walk EC1R 0LTisomi-product

Isomi will be celebrating Clerkenwell Design Week by opening the doors to its new showroom at 1 Sans Walk, and unveiling a brand new material story with three desks in metal. The desks, in brass, copper and hot-rolled steel, will be an exclusive CDW preview of a full collection, Isomi in Metal, to be launched later in 2016.


21-22 Great Sutton St EC1V 0DYtangent-pic

What’s the five-a-day in your mind?

Tangent welcomes Andy Gibson of Mindapples who will introduce how our minds work and what influences them. He will share practical insights from health, neuroscience and psychology to help us all live and work better.

Thursday @ 1:30pm


17 Brewhouse Yard EC1V 4LAinterstuhl-product

Interstuhl is one of the leading European manufacturers of seating solutions and has supplied more than 30 million chairs to customers worldwide. Its products are characterised by their high level of German quality, ergonomic and design standards.

Interstuhl will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in its newly refurbished London showroom. Explore its new, exciting products and keep an eye out for your drinks reception invite for Tuesday afternoon!


65 Clerkenwell Road EC1R 5BLgresham-product

Celebrating its 40th year, Gresham is one of the largest and most experienced independent designers and manufacturers of workspace furniture in the UK.

At CDW, Gresham is unveiling exciting developments in the company and groundbreaking products, so make sure you visit its showroom to find out more about this innovative company, its products and creatively designed handmade bespoke solutions.


21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DYmarlings-product

Afternoon Tea…at the Gallery. Marlings Mohawk – the leading creative flooring manufacturer will kick-start CDW16 with an uplifting cup of tea. Come and taste invigorating tea infusions accompanied by refreshing cucumber canapés and a glass of bubbly!

Tuesday 24th May @ 1:30–3:30 pm


Project Pavilion Stand PR8knightsbridge-product

Yorkshire-based furniture manufacturer, Knightsbridge, has teamed up with two high-profile designers to develop two stylish collections of furniture, which are due to be launched at Clerkenwell Design Week.

As well as showcasing the two new designer ranges, the Knightsbridge team will also be presenting its extensive portfolio of products that can be tailored and manufactured for hospitality, workplace and healthcare environments.


1 Sycamore Street EC1Y 0SFbrintons-product

Leading carpet manufacturer, Brintons, will be a hub of activity during Clerkenwell Design Week, where it will be unveiling its new QuickWeave collection, hosting a range of talks with Houzz and Birmingham City University, as well as providing drop-in advice sessions from the 2 Lovely Gays.


1 Northburgh Street EC1V 0ALinterface-product

Join Interface at its London showroom and exhibition spaces, PR7 and DP7, at CDW to discover its latest global campaign, Negative to Positive, and new global collection, World Woven, by designer David Oakey. Interface will also host a number of high profile speakers, including Munish Datta from M&S and Ryan Gellert from Patagonia.


11-12 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0BXcanal-product

CANAL is a British company specialising in design innovation, fabrication and installation of staircases, balustrades, handrails and other architectural metalwork, for both residential and commercial buildings.

Join CANAL at CDW for coffee mornings, a masterclass presentation with Milk Architecture, and, back by popular demand, the sushi and drinks evening – now on Tuesday and Thursday!


102-108 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5SAherman-miller-product

Herman Miller returns to CDW this year where it will be launching the innovative Keyn Chair Group, created by London-based design company forpeople. This new Chair Group provides a solution for both meeting and side chairs, offering responsive movement and immediate comfort, with an unprecedented number of specification options. Experience it yourself at our pop-up showroom.


12-14 Berry Street EC1V 0AUlee-and-plumpton-product

Lee and Plumpton provides stylish and functional office furniture; from desks to pedestals and storage to office tables. The company has over 40 years of manufacturing and service excellence.

Visit the Berry Street showspace and get an exclusive view of some of the company’s impressive new products.

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31 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0NAconnection-product

Connection are specialists in developing innovative furniture and products that ‘Make space work’. CDW will see the company showcase its latest product development focused on visual and acoustic privacy. Connection’s showroom redesign will take you through a full sensory journey of the workspace with the application of intelligent products which are integrated with colour, materials, wellbeing and intuitive technology trends.


20 Old Street EC1V 9APorangebox-product

Orangebox continues to produce innovative products – and for Clerkenwell 2016 it will be
no different.

The ’boxers have created a ‘living lab’ in its new home in Northampton Road to demonstrate the reality of its ever-evolving Smartworking philosophy. Through five floors it has created both diverse workspaces and places for client presentations.


10 Northburgh St EC1V 0ATallermuir-product

Allermuir are launching several significant product ranges at their stunning new showroom. The space, set within a converted warehouse and full of industrial character, is the perfect backdrop to the striking new designs which carry Allermuir’s hallmark of traditional craftsmanship combined with innovation. The new products are set to enhance working lounge environments and address issues of acoustic distraction.


67 Clerkenwell Road EC1R 5BLverco-product

Verco are exploring ideas around ‘activity based working’. The company will be featuring pieces from its collaborative collection. You’ll find beautifully simple systems for wide-open areas, but also brilliant solutions for informal breakout areas and quiet contemplative zones.

Join Verco at the Beech Tree to try your hand at ‘wiff waff’, or enjoy the fame and glory of becoming the top goal scorer.


8-11 St John’s Lane EC1M 4BFthe-vault-product

One showroom, Ten companies, All your project needs.

Located in the heart of London’s creative hub, The Vault offers a rare opportunity to work with 10 of the UK’s leading contract furnishing companies, covering all aspects of contract furnishing from floor to ceiling and everything inbetween.


St Johns Square EC1V 4JPbisley-product

Bisley will be present for the first time at CDW, in an exciting partnership with Acrylicize. This unique collaboration will combine a great heritage brand, with the creative and intelligent thinking that typifies Acrylicize, to produce a truly stunning piece of Public Art located on St John’s Square, presenting Bisley in a truly unexpected form.


45 Gee Street EC1V 3RSscreen-solutions-product

This year Screen Solutions will be launching the Q2 acoustic pod – the successor to Quadro. Q2 retains a unique high-level structure, with frameless acoustic panels that reduce reverberation, improve speech privacy and maintain confidentiality. Contemporary fabrics, ventilation and lighting can all be specified to suit pod activity. Enjoy fish ’n’ chips and refreshments, plus the new look Acoustic Comfort website will be going live.


20 Old Street EC1V 9APocee-product

Ocee’s showroom is packed with new products and initiatives. Ocee Ergonomics is a unique holistic design solution operated by independent ergonomists and acousticians; it offers assessments, training, resources and new products, including an extensive acoustic range, Isaac sit/stand desk and QuietPod rooms. FourUs and Harc extensions will also be launched.


56-60 St John Street EC1M 4HGmosa-product

A scene evokes emotions. It has the ability to capture, create and recreate moments. Mosa Scenes is a stylish and adaptable range of tiles, for the creation of fascinating scenes. The use of Scenes tiles has the power to generate environments of unparalleled imagination, provoked by default or carefully engendered by creation. Mosa proudly hosts a joint presentation (24 May) on Future Work Scenes by PROOFLab, Opendesk and Ineke Hans.


25 Eastcastle Street W1W 8DFdomus-product

Domus is the leading supplier of tiles, mosaic, stone and engineered oak flooring for residential and commercial projects. Domus’ award-winning showroom will be open throughout CDW when it will launch Rombini, a new collection from global-leading Italian manufacturer Mutina. Exclusive to Domus, Rombini has been created by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.


18-21 Charterhouse Square EC1M 6AHhm-product

What started as a pop-up at Malmaison, has now become Hitch Mylius’ permanent showroom. This year’s event will mark their first exhibition in this dedicated space and will focus on the new hm102 Collection, designed by Massimo Mariani, and a series of events in collaboration with Malmaison.


8-11 St John’s Lane EC1M 4BFjames-tobias-product

From the boardroom to the classroom, James Tobias have been providing organisations with optimum storage solutions for 25 years. The company’s product portfolio, which includes the popular StorageWall and Lockers, is designed and manufactured in-house, using sustainable materials from here in the UK.

Talk to James Tobias at CDW for information about its bespoke solutions, tailored around you from the inside, out.


3-16 Britton St EC1M 5SXcamira-product

Global textile manufacturer Camira is exploring the process of natural decay with an exclusive fabric designed by luxury print designer, Torunn Myklebust. Printed onto Camira’s newest wool blend fabric, Synergy, the rusting surface of Corrosion is broken up with geometric triangles, exploring negative space, rust and hard cut shapes. New fabrics on display include Synergy, tie-dye effect fabric Individuo and print design fabric Zig Zag.


32 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PSthinking-works-product

ThinkingWorks is known for innovative products for the commercial furniture industry globally. Its cutting edge designs are developed by a highly creative in-house industrial design team, supported by London’s Jones + Partners studio.

The company welcomes you to its newly refurbished showroom to unveil the fabulous DIVA timber table. Also to be showcased: okidoki, Benuna task chair, BLADE and Focused workstations.


20-24 Kirby Street EC1N 8TSfrem-group-product

During Clerkenwell Design Week, Frem will launch their latest innovation in office technology: the Matrix 6 Collection.

A collaboration between Frem, prominent psychologist Dr Craig Knight, and award-winning designer Rock Galpin, the Matrix 6 Collection leads the way in integrated office technology.


16a Bowling Green lane EC1R 0BDchs-product

Carl Hansen & Son is adding two new elements to its Embrace Series, designed by Austrian design trio EOOS. The softly upholstered Embrace Chair, which was presented last year, is being joined by the Embrace Lounge Chair – a relaxed, exceptionally comfortable addition that naturally supplements Carl Hansen & Son’s furniture collection. The company will also be launching a matching footstool.


62-68 Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4RRbrunner-product

Celebrating its 40th year, Brunner looks forward to opening its doors for another Clerkenwell Design Week.

With its impressive three floor showroom only a stone’s throw from Design Fields, the company anticipates 2016 being its busiest year yet!

You’re welcome to head in for a look around – especially as the company is formally launching its new third space BANC system.


77-79 Farringdon Road EC1M 3JUsteelcase-product

Steelcase Worklife Center will operate an Open House from 9.30am–5pm from Tuesday until Thursday.

The showroom will be turned into a curated exhibit, exploring the ‘New Corporate’. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience forward-thinking furniture designs from Steelcase and Coalesse.


21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DYsixteen3-product

Sixteen3, together with the Gallery, is hosting a dynamic 30-minute session during which you will learn how to spot trends and use them to create products, services and campaigns that people love. David Mattin, Head of Trends and Insights at TrendWatching, will share secrets behind the revolutionary Trend-Driven Innovation concept and methodology.

Tuesday 2:30pm-3pm


79 St John St EC1M 4NRforbo-product

Forbos passionate about flooring. At CDW, the company will be showing off its completely re-designed showroom, which aims to help customers easily navigate its extensive product portfolio to find their ideal floor covering.

Forbo will also be showing several new products including a textured and colourful Marmoleum collection, a refreshed Tessera carpet tile range and a holistic, multi-product workplace collection.


21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DYedge-product

Join Edge Design at its London showroom where it will have something to interest architects, designers, dealers and interiors folk alike. Edge is launching three new ranges and celebrating Great British Design with Lydia Addison, David Fox and Jason Lansdale. The company will also be talking all things BIM, looking at 3D Printing and considering ‘Working Sensationally’.


9 Brewhouse Yard EC1V 4JRkoleysiyon-product

Koleksiyon comprises a group of companies with over 40 years’ experience and aims to develop the highest quality ideas, standards and design concepts towards the creation of ‘the architecture of furnishing’. As part of CDW, at noon on Thursday 26 May, Koray Malhan, Brand and Design Director of Koleksiyon, will be hosting a reception to present a new discourse on Design and Pathos.



21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DYsilverline-product

Silverline will be treating you to a Latino inspired feast! With a South American twist, get into the spirit of the Rio Olympics and enjoy the best Argentinian steaks in town. Celebrate the last day of the festival with some mouth-watering bbq bites by Gaucho BBQ and vibrant bossanova tunes, with DJ Si Bell on the decks. Spaces are limited – register in advance with

Thursday 3pm – 6pm


6 Bakers Yard EC1R 3DDnaughtone-product

This year will be naughtone’s first year as a showroom partner at Clerkenwell Design Week! Yorkshire’s finest will have its doors open and The Travelling Gin Co. will be on hand throughout, serving up proper British G&Ts! So drop on in and check out the best of naughtone.


8 St. Johns Lane EC1M 4BFflooring-group-product

Established in 1957, J+J Flooring Group is a leading manufacturer of commercial specified flooring. With its two brands – Invision broadloom and modular carpet and Kinetex textile composite flooring – the company provides a range of product and service solutions to meet the needs of its customers in the corporate workplace, education, healthcare, retail and hospitality sectors.


150 St John Street EC1V 4UDcassina-product

Always a must-visit for specifiers, the Poltrona Frau Group showroom in St John Street will once again be participating in Clerkenwell Design Week.

Designed by the architect Giulio Cappellini, the Poltrona Frau Group showroom houses the Italian design brands Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Cappellini and Alias all year round.


48/50 St John Street EC1M 4DGkusch-co-product

Kusch + Co will be presenting the new Series 9000 ‘Depart’ seating and table range consisting of recliners, low chairs, occasional tables and Island seating, designed by Justas Kolberg to address the agile working needs of today’s workplace. In addition to this, Kusch will be launching the new film of the Series 3600/3650 ARN seating and tables collection, together with a new library table version of the successful San Siro programme and an extensive display of the modular storage range that is Element X.


Clerkenwell Greenjennifer-newman-product

Jennifer Newman, an ever-present at previous CDW shows with her bold, colourful designs, will be launching the Club Bench range. Designed for heavy use in education, offices and hospitality. Club has an industrial aesthetic, being made from solid bamboo and tubular steel, and available in lengths up to 3m. During CDW, Jennifer will also be opening her new showroom, situated a stones throw away from the crypt in the atmospheric Clerkenwell Green.



33 Great Sutton Street EC1V ODXshaw-contract-group-product

Shaw Contract Group’s design hub will open its doors during CDW, welcoming designers and architects to rest and recharge in an environment inspired by contemplative spaces and tranquillity.

During the three days, the shortlisted entries of the CASS design competition will be on public display and there will also be the opportunity to explore The Park Collection – colours, patterns and textures that redefine boundaries to create the transition from large crowds to peaceful pathways.


12-16 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PQhansgrohe-product

The Water Studio is Hansgrohe’s new destination in Clerkenwell for anyone serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. Five new Axor WaterDream washbasin spouts from world renowned designers will be presented on 26 May at 5:30pm, followed by a party with the intriguing theme of a Black Forest Spring Festival.


21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DYviasit-product

Getting old isn’t what it used to be…

Leading task seating manufacturer Viasit invites you to an eye-opening talk. Studio INTO will share how brands, design and services can address needs posed by the ageing population, which holds 80% of the UK’s private wealth.

Wednesday 2:30pm


155 Farringdon Road EC1R 3ADparla-product

Parla Design is exhibiting the Goba furniture collection, suitable for commercial and hospitality interiors during Clerkenwell Design Week. The third generation Turkish design and manufacturing outfit marries a century of expertise in craftsmanship with a dynamic and creative approach to design. Visit their showcase on Farringdon Road and get to know the brand. 


1 Dallington Street EC1V 0BHmorgan-product

In addition to inspirational product launches, the central theme for Morgan at this year’s CDW is wellbeing in the workplace.

Events will include an art installation and talk by artist Remi Rough, known for his abstract graffiti art and geometry of colour. There will be daily chair yoga classes and a talk by wellbeing author Michael Townsend Williams.


63 Central Street EC1V 3AFhag-product

Sensorium is a creative collaboration between HASSELL and HÅG.

The pleasure garden, ‘Sensorium’, will explore how we view and experience the world around us, whether through everyday technology, or through our physical presence in a space. HASSELL and HÅG will play with smells, textures and sound, leading visitors to question how the senses influence their experience.


82 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RFhowe-product

With the ambition to provide an open and exciting palette of colours to inspire renewal in the years ahead, Howe have explored new combinations and made its opinion on the most pivotal hues – so stop by the Howe showroom and have your say about the new colours for the 40/4 chair. Your opinion is valued – and there is even a draw to win a limited edition chair!


47 – 53 St. John Street EC1M 4ANbene-product

Bene is a leading international specialist in the design and furnishing of inspiring office and working environments.

Visit Bene during CDW to discover the latest workplace innovations and immerse yourself in a fictional setting created by design studio The Workers. Follow the clues to discover the fascinating tale behind a groundbreaking new technology, across three showroom floors.


5 Albemarle Way EC1V 4JBcasala-product

Casala are excited to announce the launch of two new products – Boxter and Cooper – at Clerkenwell Design Week. Casala specialise in contract furniture with functionalities such as stacking, linking, means of transport, numeration and storage possibilities integrated into the design. The production processes and the materials used comply with today’s environmental standards.


21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DYaircharge-product

VR is revolutionising the world around us, from gaming and entertainment through to medicine and architecture. Rene Batsford and Richard Coates will reveal how VR can affect the world of architecture and design. Experience an immersive customer journey simulation on the freshly released HTC Vive. Presented by Aircharge in association with Neutron VR and McDonald’s. Book your demo slot at (Wednesday 12:30pm)


13-16 Britton St EC1M 5SXege-product

Preparing for Clerkenwell Design Week?

Explore ege’s new ‘Industrial Landscape’ collection by Tom Dixon.

Tom’s first extensive carpet collection for the contract market interprets the rough everyday surfaces of London in seven head-turning carpet designs.

Feel inspired by the beauty of decay in ege’s Britton Street showroom.


23-25 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DNdesso-product

Desso has a packed three-day programme planned for this year’s CDW, exploring ‘Personalisation, Individuality and Uniqueness’. The themes underpin the talks, workshops and activities each day and a ‘Transitions’ art installation is being unveiled by London’s new ‘Queen of origami’, talented Foldability designer Kyla McCallum. The installation celebrates Desso’s award winning Transitions collection and showcases Kyla’ unique intricate folded designs.


Launch of a new initiative to provide opportunities for young people DesigningFutures@CDW is a new project set up by Jade-Ilke Creative Solutions and supported by Clerkenwell Design Week, Sketch Studios and Milliken (and, we’re proud to say, media sponsored by Mix Interiors).

The project has been developed to tackle the issue of access into the design, interiors and construction sectors for young people. The initiative aims to help reduce the barriers for youngsters by creating practical opportunities for them to gain hands-on experience. The project will include work experience and skills training for up to 25 young people placed in participating showrooms for the three days of Clerkenwell Design Week.


Designing Futures@CDW is now calling on all showrooms and businesses in the Clerkenwell area to get involved by becoming a sponsor and giving work experience to a young person
on the programme.

‘Sketch are excited and privileged to be one of the three founding partners of DesigningFutures@CDW,’ Justin Bass, Managing Director at Sketch, says. ‘We understand the need for providing young people with opportunities and guidance at the beginning of their careers – and it’s especially valuable in our industry where we need to find ways to attract more young talent. This is something that’s very close to our hearts here at Sketch, as two members of our current team joined us through projects we previously worked on with Jade Ilke and we also have a number of interns who all provide valuable contributions to the business. We love CDW and we’re looking forward to driving Designing Futures forward, and meeting the new group of young people involved.’