After the royal wedding the past weekend, this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week goes into the 9th edition and runs from 22 to 24 May 2018. It is maybe not as splendid as the events at the palace but it is UK’s and one of Europe’s leading independent design festivals with lots of activities, events, installations and the participation of many key players in the design community. Set in the historic surroundings of Clerkenwell, the show attracted more than 30,000 visitors from 25 countries in the previous years. And it is expected that there will be even more this year due to the bigger venues, better installations, and stronger interest in design and art. Even the corporate identity of the event got a make-over just for this purpose and presents itself more geometrically with more forms and shapes, and in all pink. It represents the interconnection of the design businesses and the communities that are working towards the goal to make design better, more interesting, and more accessible for everyone. Clerkenwell is THE design hub even on a normal day with tons of creatives businesses, design consultancies, and hundreds of architectural practices. During the festival it sports events, exhibitions, installations, pop-up stores, newly decorated showrooms, presentations, talks, and workshops. More than 90 showrooms are participating from the fields of furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath, and other manufacturers. The area comprises seven exhibition spaces ranging from Design Fields for international contemporary design, Platform for emerging designers and talents, Project for contract design, Elements for architectural accessories, British Collection for UK designers and their best designs, to Details for luxury interiors and Light for international lighting. We are not sure that the three days of the trade show will be enough to visit all of them and pick out the best designs that are currently on the market. The overarching theme of the trade show is ‘sustainability’. In collaboration with the Chelsea College of Arts, the organizers and the students want to raise the awareness about the ecological heavy footprint of cotton tote bags: they are 327 times worse than plastic bags. Everyone attending the event is asked to bring their tote bags to Farringdon Station where a screen press was installed and the tote bags can also get a make-over and a start into a new life. The best customized designs of the bags will be displayed and the proceeds of this activity go to Maggie’s who supports St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.
We are also going to be there – well, our Kohler Experience Center is in the middle of Clerkenwell and can’t be missed during the Clerkenwell Design Week. Especially on 24 May 2018 at 11.30 a.m. when we are going to hold a workshop with Theresa Millard from our Waste Lab on ‘Falling in Love with Industrial Wastes’. She is going to talk about the creation of this new lab in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA, and the developments that have been made so far and she will explore with the participant their relationship with industrial wastes. So, you really shouldn’t miss this opportunity to browse through the many showrooms at Clerkenwell and attend the breath-taking events. The best part of it all, it is totally free, just register on the website and enjoy.