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7 must-see events of Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Posted by Richard Ferris on May 22, 2017 2:47:34 PM

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Clerkenwell Design Week official opens for business tomorrow,  providing a three day showcase of the most innovative and imaginative offerings from across Central London's design community.

With over 200 brands, 90 showrooms and 300 events taking place, here's our top seven things to look out for across the three days of festivities.

Check out the legendary David Hughes' latest LEGO Sculpture

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Let's face it, LEGO has an almost universal appeal, especially amongst those with a penchant for design and creativity. David Hughes is a designer and artist who is world reknowned for his contemporary art utilising the versatile building blocks produced by Denmark's greatest exporter, LEGO.

For Clerkenwell Design Week, David will be at the London home of British Ceramic Tile, where he will be unveiling his latest sculpture and giving a talk discussing his influences, and how his latest creation reflects the work of British Ceramic Tile.


David-Hughes-1.jpgOne of David's previous creations, Afternoon of a Faun - a limited Edition LEGO Sculpture inspired by the incredible dancer, Tanaquil Le Clercq

Where & When?

The grand unveiling takes place on Tuesday 23rd May, between 3pm - 6:30pm

Location: 26 Seward Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 3PA



Be mesmorized by some extraordinary artwork

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Based in London, Irish artist Claudine O’Sullivan has gained industry spotlight for her distinctive hand drawn illustrations, featured in the worldwide Apple Pencil campaign. Her uniquely traditional drawing style has appealed to established brands such as MTV, WeTransfer, Tiger Beer and Derwent Pencils. 

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For Clerkenwell Design Week, Claudine will be showcasing her artwork on the Additions Pavilion, dedicated to the smaller design pieces and interior acessories, set out in a street-market-style format.

Where & When?

Claudine's artwork will be on display from the 23rd - 25th May,

Location: Additions| A8 - located in St John's Square.



Get inspired @ Design Talks, Powered by PechaKucha

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Throughout the week there will be hundreds of speakers giving talks about all things design & beyond. If you want to pack in as many topics into a couple of hours as possible, then Design Talks, Powered by PechaKucha is for you.

What is PechaKucha I hear you ask?

Japanese in origin, PechaKucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced and powers multiple-speaker events!


Hosted by HÅG and Svensk Form, 6 speakers each have 6 minutes (and 40 seconds!) to get their message across. Be inspired by some of today’s most influential and up and coming designers & artists.

An evening of thinking and drinking!

Where & When?

Design talks, Powered by PechaKucha takes place on Wednesday 24th May, between 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: 63 Central Street, London, EC1V 3AF

Sign up to the event here



Celebrate 'Design Undefined' with Clerkenwell-London


Clerkenwell-London is a multi-discipline store offering funky home-ware, fashion, jewellery, art, music and literature. Nestled in the heart of Clerkenwell, their 13,000 sq ft store will be showcasing an array of exclusive and classic pieces, celebrating the history of design. Entitled 'Design Undefined', expect prints from Anthony Burrill, an immersive installation from Jordan Söderberg Mills, live art from Alex Booker and much much more.

download.jpgJordan Söderberg Mills regularly works with reflective surfaces, and his CDW2017 installation will feature an array of mirrors. 

Where & When?

Events taking place from 23rd-25th May.

Location: 155 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AD



Sustainable design from the Claire Potter Design Studio


In 2015 it was estimated that there was 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, and that number will only have risen in the proceeding 2 years. Claire Potter Design Studio's have found a use of this waste, whilst also highlighting this growing environmental issue, and promoting sustainable, circular economy solutions for interior architecture and product based projects.

For CDW2017, the studio will be launching a new collection of lighting and products at Platform, completely transformed from a variety of waste marine plastics recovered from Brighton beach during their volunteer work as Regional Reps for UK environmental charity and campaign group, Surfers Against Sewage.

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Where & When?

Running all week

Location: Platform| House of Detention, 12 Sans Walk, EC1R 0AS



Explore the exciting world of 3D printing

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3D printing has threatened to hit the mainstream for nearly a decade now, but whilst not quite hitting that level yet, it has already seen some incredibly exciting applications, from engineering solutions on the space station, to intricate fashionwear. 

Hosted by The Goldsmith's Centre, Design director Jonathan Rowley from Didgets2Widgets will be hosting a talk on Tuesday exploring how 3D printing can enhance great design in the 21st century. 

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Where & When?

Transcending 3D printing is part of the Fringe activities, and takes place on Tuesday 23rd May, 15:45-16:30.

Location: The Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street, EC1M 5AD. Tickets cost £5.



Design & make your very own ring with London Rocks Jewellery


Founded by duo Karl Karter and Harshini Hollands-Carter, London Rocks opened their doors in 2014 in the heart of London’s Jewellery Quarter, Hatton Garden. Offering something completely unique within jewellery design to this historic area, they combine traditional techniques with contemporary aesthetic across a range of fine and designer items.

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For this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, London Rocks are giving you the chance to design your very own ring! Working alongside trained jewelers you will carve your design in wax before casting your unique creation in silver.

Where & When?

The workshops run from 10am - 2pm daily, and the sessions cost £120 per person, which includes the cost of the silver. 

Location: 87 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7TS, UK

Clerkenwell Design Week kicks off tomorrow, with events taking place across the capitals design district. To check out our full schedule of events, click the link below!

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