This year’s CDW puts architects front and centre

From 22nd to 24th May, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will brighten up the streets of London’s most creative design hub, revealing a brand-new series of collaborations for the ninth edition of one of the UK’s most inspirational design-led events.

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DW Presents will bring specially commissioned public installations, offering a fresh insight into design and materials. The Fringe gives visitors a chance to explore the rich creativity within the area; from tours of Clerkenwell’s colourful history to mindful meditation and origami demonstrations, local practices will open their doors to host an array of workshops and displays during the festival. Conversations at Clerkenwell, in partnership with Mapei, has also become an important arena in which to raise industry issues with a selection of high-calibre speakers exploring current industry topics.

Integral to the festival’s unique structure, the CDW Presents programme offers an insight into temporary architecture, materials and use of public spaces. Partnering exciting architecture and design practices with suppliers of innovative products creates inspiring results. Visitors can experience new approaches and installations in key locations spread along the CDW ‘exhibitions trail’, which connects the festival’s seven unique exhibition venues all for free.

CDW is proud to present an installation created by Kinetech Design in collaboration with Amari Interiors for one of Clerkenwell’s most renowned sites; the Arch of St John. St John’s Gate saw the first performances of some of Shakespeare’s most famous works, including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth. Kinetech Design has drawn on the history of the arch and showcases its strong kiri-origami structure evoking an Elizabethan ruff.

A number of practices including TDO Architecture have been commissioned to create wayfinding sculptures in polystyrene that will be situated around Clerkenwell during the week. The sculptures will be produced by Bakers Patterns which specialises in polystyrene modelmaking and manufacturing.

studio DA, a new practice formed by Russian For Fish and Pierre d’Avoine Architects to work on special projects, will also be involved in the project, and its sculpture will be based upon the ghost story of Clerkenwell. In 1762, a landlord claimed a ghost haunted his house and his daughter, and regular seances were held in the crypt of St John’s to determine whether this was true. It wasn’t.

Hakwood, a global leader in the design and manufacture of quality wood flooring and wall tiles, returns to CDW in collaboration with Shape London to reveal the interactive installation ‘Behind Closed Doors’ located at the entrance to Spa Fields. Shape London will design a 3.2m-high pop-up street scene of Dutch townhouses decorated with Hakwood wall tiles. Each house will have a small door revealing a series of miniature interiors designed by various architects from Shape’s Dragon Fly Place. The hidden rooms will be placed at various heights to invite visitors to interact with the installation and ‘discover’ all the rooms which contain Hakwood flooring.

For the third consecutive year, Scale Rule will present the Next Generation Design Pavilion in the Garden of St James. The pavilion aims to inspire a younger generation interested in the construction-related professions and is a result of a series of educational workshops, bringing GCSE students together from across London.

Elements at CDW brings together a leading selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories. New for 2018, the exhibition will take place within a street-market-style pavilion on St John’s Square, becoming a go-to destination for designers looking for the perfect finish.

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