Found objects, lightscapes and sustainable stone among features at upcoming Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will be returning to London in May with an extensive lineup of showrooms and installations.

The 13th edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is set to return to London from May 21 to 23, 2024.

This year’s festival, nestled within the Clerkenwell neighbourhood, which is known for its high concentration of architects and designers, promises its most extensive line-up yet with more venues, showrooms and installations.

Visitors can expect an array of more than 600 curated events spanning across EC1, complemented by a network of over 160 local design showrooms and 300 exhibiting brands, spread across more than 12 unique venues.

The streets of Clerkenwell and various exhibition venues will once again be adorned with a series of site-specific installations, along with special projects and collaborations, offering festival-goers and the public a fully immersive experience.

Here are a few things visitors can expect at this year’s edition of CDW.

Gatekeepers by Duffy London and Orsi Orban

Building on its recent collaboration with Berlin-based surface designer Orsi Orban, Duffy London will transform the historic St John’s Gate of the Order of St John with their latest installation for CDW. This installation, called Gatekeepers, was inspired by organic forms found in nature. A series of sculptures have been crafted to evoke a sense of movement.

Connection, a new series of works by Lois and Ronnie O’Hara, will adorn one of the brick walls near House of Detention. This feature by the Brighton-based multidisciplinary artists and designers aims to encourage interaction and conversation while demonstrating the effects of nature on mental health.

Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio have breathed new life into a vintage helter-skelter, to coincide with its 10th anniversary. J. Situated in Spa Fields, Stay Playful (When No One Feels Like Playing) draws inspiration from Cluroe’s days working at a fairground in the Black Country Living Museum and Whitehead’s childhood fascination with kitsch ornaments from his grandmother’s home. This colourful installation, designed to lift visitors above the festival grounds, is a playful spectacle that evokes more intimate insight into 2LG at its heart.

Grid System by Ben Cullen Williams

In the setting of House of Detention, London-based artist Ben Cullen Williams will showcase his audio-visual installation, which delves into the impact of the simple grid on our physical spaces, lives and day-to-day existence. British stone suppliers Albion Stone and Hutton Stone have also commissioned London-based architecture practice Artefact to design an installation on Clerkenwell Green, which will showcase stone bricks which both companies are launching this year.

Stone bricks from Albion Stone and Hutton Stone

Also presented on Clerkenwell Green is Stone Tapestry: Beyond the Surface by Stone Federation, which will feature materials from Albion Stone and Hutton Stone but also from Britannicus Stone, Dunhouse Quarry and Tradstocks. The federation has collaborated once again with architecture practice Squire and Partners to create an exhibit designed to demonstrate the sustainability, versatility and beauty of natural stone. This year’s feature will be realised by The Stonemasonry Company Ltd and Webb Yates Engineers.

At the British Collection, Benchmark has joined forces with a group of B.A. Product and Furniture Design students from London Metropolitan University. Under the guidance of course leader Simon Hasan, Aldgate Gold champions a sustainable design ethos by challenging second and third-year students to reimagine objects that have been discarded and then salvaged from the streets of London.

During CDW, Schotten & Hansen and Kit Kemp Design Studio will showcase the Mythical Forest Salon, a collaboration by the latter using the former’s new pioneering magnetic floor treatment. To celebrate the wood specialist’s 40th anniversary this year, Minnie Kemp, design director of Kit Kemp Design Studio has designed a space that will include the Pitter Pat magnetic table, which will preview at the festival, along with three further designs that can be swapped into the table template, depending on the mood of the user.

Local architecture and interior design studio Jestico + Whiles will also collaborate with its neighbouring showroom Bolon on a project that will take over their shared courtyard at Sutton Yard in the heart of Clerkenwell. The studio’s design, complemented by lighting from Studio Fractal and Architainment, will reimagine Bolon’s innovative woven flooring to create an immersive experience.

Oversized sample box from Material Bank

Material Bank will also introduce its signature box to London during CDW, joining forces with various brand partners participating in the festival. The giant box installation, designed by Material Bank’s Chief Design Officer, measures 4.8m x 6.5m x 2m and will be located in St John’s Square.