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What to see at Clerkenwell Design Week 2022

CDW returns to EC1 for its 11th year across 24-26 May, promising to be the biggest festival yet. Here’s just some of what we’ll be looking out for across the three days.

23/05/2022 5 min read

Following a two-year hiatus, Clerkenwell Design Week returns 24th – 26th May with an energised programme, the announcement of new venues and an extended route.

The eleventh edition of the landmark festival, CDW 2022 will see 140+ showrooms open their doors to audiences, the largest number since its inception in 2010.

Found in the grounds of St James Church, this year’s Project exhibition brings together a selection of contract furniture and surface brands. For 2022, Project includes Contract which showcases the latest forward-thinking products for commercial interiors. Also new for 2022 is Covered – an exhibition dedicated to interior surfaces, forming part of a new festival location in Charterhouse Square.

Conversations at Clerkenwell will return with a specially created venue in Spa Fields, designed by Fieldwork Architects and ready for a series of lively discussions on the world of design. Rather than a traditional forward-facing seating arrangement, the bandstand form allows the focus point to be partially in the round and engage the audience as a discussion, rather than a presentation.

Highlights across the three days include ‘How Well are we working’ on Tuesday, with Basha-Franklin’s Rachel Basha, Trifle’s Emma Morley and BPM Lighting’s Susana Babic considering how the design of space can support its inhabitant’s wellbeing.

On Wednesday, find out what the furniture industry is doing to marry a circular vision with the reality of a sector which thrives on trends and change, at a panel discussion ‘Closing the Loop’ with Roger Lewis, Humanscale, Viaduct and Knotel. Afterwards, the ‘Material Matters’ session on responsible design and the importance of materials for a sustainable future brings together Sean Sutcliffe, Benchmark, Nicole Meier, Ultrafabrics and Fredrik Franzon, BAUX.

Thursdays’s highlights include ‘Colour Beyond Aesthetic’ with colour expert Justine Fox and guests, exploring colour-use beyond aesthetics to promote identity, build community, foster wellbeing, and drive sustainability.

There are plenty of exciting new showrooms to explore at this year’s edition of CDW, including Interface at Pennybank Chambers, situated just a stone’s throw from their installation at St John’s Arch. The installation takes the form of a vortex made from the 100% recycled econyl yarn used in Interface’s carpet tiles, representing a visual journey of the company’s history. Talks at Interface include Laura Light and designer Oliver Heath discussing diversity in design – Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 9:30am – as well as an evening with renowned architect and co-initiator of Architects Declare, Michael Pawlyn, from 6pm on Wednesday 25th.

On Clerkenwell Road, Arper will be showcasing their latest collections – including Mixu, designed in collaboration with Gensler, Kata by Altherr Désile Park, Kinesit Met by Lievore Altherr Molina and Aston Club Low Back by Jean-Marie Massaud – as well as hosting their popular Opening Night Party from 6:30pm on Tuesday.

At the Flokk showroom, visitors can take part in a series of calming workshops across the three days, with helpful advice from experts in managing anxiety, improving sleep, breath-work and seated yoga and pilates, as well as a series of talks focusing on wellbeing in the workplace.

Modular furniture specialists USM will present a special installation to celebrate their World of Plants series, which enables users to be surrounded by greenery. USM will do its bit to encourage people to ditch their cars in favour of two wheels as it plays host to a special bike by Berlin-based bike brand Standert – giving away special wooden bicycle allen keys tool kit to the first 50 visitors to the showroom.

Sustainable acoustic designers BAUX will host the global launch of its first ever ceiling product within ‘BAUX Acoustic Lounge’ at Old Sessions House. The ‘Acoustic Lounge’ is a low climate-impacted installation, designed by BAUX co-Founders, Form Us With Love, together with BAUX Creative Director Johan Ronnestam. BAUX will invite visitors to experience the benefits of sound absorption in the curated space which will host music and content across the three days. Visitors are encouraged to relax, work, listen to music and explore the products – within a stunning, acoustic-led environment.

Kettal are set to open the doors to their first flagship showroom in the heart of Clerkenwell, showcasing their latest product Pavilion O – a modular structure designed to reinvent the workplace, Giro by Vincent Van Duysen and Terrain by Doshi Levien.

Also launching at Clerkenwell is the latest addition to Morgan Furniture’s Oslo collection: a Scandi-inspired dining chair featuring a cane panel detail to the inside back. Morgan will throw their CDW Private View and Drinks Party on Tuesday, including live music from 6pm.

At the new König-Neurath showroom, the Room System products are on display giving visitors a glimpse into the future of workplace and its ever-changing requirements. Students of The University of West London will share their visions for the future of the workplace and hotels in a post pandemic world at König + Neurath. Come and meet the students, their professor Layton Reid and connect to the A&D community during CDW.


Alternatively, join Milliken from 6:30 pm on Tuesday at their WELL-certified showroom to discuss the importance of wellbeing post pandemic, with Ann Marie Aguilar of the WELL Building Institute and Ekkist’s Ben Channon, Woodalls’ Ana Rita-Martins, and Overbury and Morgan Lovell’s Zoe Glander.

Tarkett will be hosting a series of talks and workshops over the three days, including ‘Sensory Processing, Neurodiversity and Workplace Design’, with Kay Sargent, Senior Principal and Director of Workplace at HOK at 5:30pm on Tuesday 24th. Other highlights include a panel with Johannes Karlström and Jesper Mellgren of Note Design Studio, joining The Office Group to present the design schemes of the Douglas House and Summit House interior design projects at 3pm on Wednesday 25th.

Formica Group has launched a sophisticated new collection, drawing inspiration from the natural world to create a range of complementary palettes. The Formica® Collection introduces 15 new plain colours, 34 new wood patterns, and eight new Plus Colors in four premium finishes, addressing a growing trend in design that brings natural influences, colours and patterns into our interiors.

Karndean Designflooring also marks Clerkenwell Design Week with a new showroom opening. Situated at 20 Clerkenwell Green, the new design studio will open its doors on Tuesday 24 May, revealing the latest Knight Tile dual format flooring collection.

At The Gallery, IVC will be joined by Grant Gibson of the Material Matters podcast as he chats to design minds on the hot topics in commercial interiors – including Oktra’s Ian Mitchell and Dominic Dugan on home-like offices, and Yaara Gooner, head of architecture and design for LABS and STAY on the reality of the demand for nature’s influence in office interiors.

Following a highly successful debut in 2019 KI House returns for 2022 at Paxton Locher House, Clerkenwell Green. To mark the return of the festival, the home will be transformed to convey the theme of ‘renew, reinvent, revitalise’. KI’s latest seating, table, storage and workspace products will be enhanced with a bold floral installation by McQueens Flowers to emphasise the theme.

Ege has revamped its showroom in time for this year’s festival – hosting a panel discussion on Thursday at 2pm debating sustainability and design in the workplace with The Office Group’s Nasim Köerting, Claire McPoland and Sophie Werren. Email london.shoroom@egecarpets.com to book.

With so much to see and do, this was a tricky list to make. Plan your own visit here.

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