The Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of UK’s leading independent design festival. In seven exhibition spaces in the Clerkenwell district in London, designers, architects, and artists showcase and present the latest in UK and international designs.
During three days from May 21 to 23, 2019, visitors can go on guided tours on bicycles or on foot to discover not only the latest trends in product, furniture, lighting design and more, but learn about the historic buildings and the stories surrounding Clerkenwell neighborhood.
Each year, more than 30,000 people come to scout out what’s hot and what’s not in UK and European design. Most of the visitors are architects and designers who are quite at home in the area that is London’s epicenter for the profession with lots of architectural offices, craftsmen’s workshops and studios.
The showrooms, pop-up stores, and workshops at Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 are complemented with world-class talks ‘Conversations at Clerkenwell’ bringing thought leaders to the stages to discuss burning issues concerning the industry.
Bespoke outdoor installations are also part of this year’s celebration. The ten illuminated ‘Reflect Us’ etched glass gateways by Beau Kerouac depicting eyes raise the awareness of homeless people in the metropolitan. The illuminated panels encourage passerby to make eye contact. This simple gesture could change someone’s day.
Seven graphic installations throughout the district titled ‘Once upon a time’ illustrate the colorful and interesting past of Clerkenwell. The BA Graphic Design Communication students of UAL Chelsea College of Arts in partnership with Lansdown’s London produced a fascinating body of work for the anniversary.
As in all the design shows that we have seen this year so far, the rise of importance of sustainability and recycling is not missing at the Clerkenwell Design Week 2019, either. The BottleHouse™ in Brewhouse Yard is a prototype for shelters for people in need. Constructed from discarded plastic bottles that washed up on shore, this project contributes greatly to the trend of the circular economy.
There are almost 300 events that are planned during the three days and it would be too exhaustive to try and discuss them all here. It is best to just hop over to Clerkenwell and dive into the atmosphere of creativity and soak up the many exhibitions, open showrooms, and pop up happenings.
Source: photos are courtesy of Clerkenwell Design Week.