Clerkenwell Design Week returns for 2012

Line of people outside the House of Detention during the YELP party on Tuesday

After attracting record visitors over the last two years, with over 24,000 registered visitors in 2011, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) 2012 hopes to be bigger and better.

Taking place across Clerkenwell from May 22-24, 2012 and sponsored for a second year running by Jaguar, the event will showcase the newest product and furniture innovations from both home grown and international brands.

The three day festival brings together a programme ranging from product launches, parties, auctions, debates and pop-ups to exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and more.

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Clerkenwell is home to over 60 design showrooms. Some of the confirmed participators at CDW 2012 currently include: Ahrend, Allemuir, The Atkinson Group, Bene, B Loose, Bulo, Boss Design, Cassina, Cappellini, Desso, Forbo, Haworth, Humanscale, InterfaceFlor, Koleksiyon, Kusch + Co, Milliken, Moroso, Orangebox, Poltrona Frau, Steelcase, TOTO and Vitra. Many will be staging product launches, talks with high profile speakers, installations and VIP parties.

In addition to this, site-specific installations and product displays will be exhibited throughout EC1 and within various distinctive buildings not usually open to the public: The Farmiloe Building (a former lead and glass merchants warehouse), The House of Detention (a subterranean Victorian prison) and a number of new venues, still under-wraps, ready to be filled with curated and art-led design content.

One of CDW’s confirmed projects, will be devised and realised by Aberrant Architecture, the UK based multi-disciplinary design studio. The project is set to be one of 2012’s highlights; a tiny travelling pop-up theatre that aims to delight and engage the CDW community by drawing on Clerkenwell’s rich theatrical history.

A selection of confirmed exhibitors to date at the Farmiloe Building and House of Detention include: Anglepoise, Amitco International, Another Country, Assemblyroom, Bark, Dare Studio, Evil Robot Design, EX-T, Hitch Mylius, Inform Furniture/Swedese, James Burleigh, Jennifer Newman, Junckers, Ligne Roset, Magnus Olessen, Maigrau, Martin Ryan, Material Lab, MDF Agencies/Offecct, Morgan Furniture, Muuto, Ochre, Orsjo, Pad Home/Flux, Vescom, Young & Norgate and Zeitraum.

CDW offers an opportunity to see many world launches of new furniture and interiors accessories launched at Milan’s furniture fair in April exhibited in one compact area.

For more information, check the official event website at www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com

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