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CDW to celebrateits 14th in style

Celebrating its 14th year between 23-25 May, CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival. The following pages detail a selection of flooring companies which will be there.

CLERKENWELL is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Celebrating its 14th year in May 2023 (23-25) the award-winning CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events.

CDW was awarded the Best UK Tradeshow by the Association of Event Organisers in 2020. The judges commented CDW’s 10th edition was an ambitious event – it was an exceptionally complex project which pushed the traditional boundaries and delivered a city-wide scale event which was hugely impressive. It was creative, embraced sustainability and delivered great commercial results.

CDW is a jam-packed design festival consisting of 10 exhibition venues, 140-plus showrooms, engaging installations, topical talks with leading creatives, hundreds of programmed events, fringe activities from local practices and tantalising deals across EC1’s restaurants and bars.

CDW features several exhibition venues dotted across EC1, all showcasing a curated mix of leading brands and emerging talent covering furniture, lighting, textiles, surfaces, accessories and product design from around the world. Components of the show include:

  • DESIGN FIELDS: Showcases leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. Alongside some of the most exciting home-grown designer-makers, the show presents a diverse range of the best in international contemporary design. Venue address: Spa Fields,
    91 Skinner St, London EC1R 0WX
  • LIGHT: Held within the subterranean House of Detention, the former Victorian prison showcases an array of leading international lighting brands and spectacular stand-alone installations. Venue address: House of Detention,
    12 Sans Walk, London EC1R 0AS
    (note this venue doesn’t have disabled access, due to the nature of this 19th century underground building).
  • PROJECT: Set in the beautiful grounds of St James Church, Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture and surface brands from around the globe. Venue address: Garden of St James,
    St James Walk, London EC1R 0EA
  • ELEMENTS: Elements at Clerkenwell Design Week brings together a leading selection of ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories. The exhibition takes place within a street-market style pavilion on St John’s Square, acting as the go-to destination for designers looking for the perfect finish. Venue address: St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
  • BRITISH COLLECTION: Highlighting local brands, British Collection is located in the atmospheric crypt of St James’s Church and showcases new design emanating from Britain.
    Venue address: Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA (note this venue does not have disabled access).
  • DETAIL: Detail brings together a carefully-selected range of refined luxury products from around the world, in the impressive surroundings of The Order of
    St John. Sponsored by Beaulieu International Group. Venue address: The Order of St John, St John’s Square, London EC1V 4JJ (note this venue has limited disabled access as parts of the building date back to the 12th century).
  • CERAMICS OF ITALY: Working in collaboration with the Ceramics Association of Italy, the Italian Trade Agency will present a selection of brands in a custom-built venue. Showcasing a range of ceramic and porcelain tiles, expect an inspiring display of design and craftmanship. Venue address: St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DE
  • OLD SESSIONS HOUSE: Discover brand activations, presentations and more within Old Sessions House, a beautiful grade II listed building. Venue address: The Old Sessions House, 23 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0NA
  • PLATFORM: Returning for 2023 within a brand new venue off of Cowcross Street, Platform is a hotbed of emerging talent that gives space to emerging brands about to break into the industry. Venue address: 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
  • CATAPULT: New for 2023, Catapult is located next to Project and is home to contemporary design for office, hospitality and retail. Venue address: 1 Sekforde St, London EC1R 0BE 
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