CDW top picks

As if you didn’t know (we bang on about it enough after all), Clerkenwell Design Week takes place this month from the 23-25 May. Register here, it’s free and makes everything a lot easier. Because it’s now so blooming huge, we thought we would choose our top pick from each exhibition, showroom, talk and pop up over the next few days/weeks, to give you some sort of chance of getting round it without having a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths. Let’s begin the exhibitions.


Emma shipley

Dedicated to small design pieces and interior accessories, Additions, which is moving to a street-market style pavilion within St John’s Square for 2017, is a festival hotspot for interior designers. Emma J Shipley’s star has been rising for some time, so check her out here and get inspired.

Design Fields


Design Fields showcases leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. It’s in a massive pop up tent and it’s up near Exmouth market so you can eat well near by too! We suggest you stop off at the Swedese stand. The Swedish brand always has gorgeous, modern and clean shapes that inspire and are great fro Instagram.


84 designs

Platform takes place in the House of Detention an underground prison and is a show that recognises some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent. We reckon you should check out 84 Designs- a new furniture company based in the North East of England. We love this take on the stacking side table.


addax design

Set in the beautiful grounds of St James Church, Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe. We reckon you should check out Addax Design, who, with Matthew Pope’s award winning Rossot sofa have turned the idea of boring modular sofas on their head.

British Collection


Now in it’s second year, British Collection will once again be located in the barrel roofed Crypt on Clerkenwell Green, of St James’s Church and celebrating the best of British design. We have been big fans of Pluck since they at last year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. Pluck offer a fresh approach to kitchen design. Gadgets, fads and fuss are out, clean lines, colour and an accessible aesthetic are in. Yes!



Detail at The Order of St. John reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world. if you, like us, have become obsessed with wallaper than make sure to stop by Lincrusta’s stand. Might be an eeny weeny bit out of our price range but we can be inspired right?

Icon House of Culture

Continuing its long tradition of hosting unique events and exhibitions at Clerkenwell Design Week, Icon Magazine will take over Fabric nightclub, presenting Icon House of Culture sponsored by Bang & Olufsen. The building itself is such a Farringdon icon itself and the interior is such a fantastic space to display pieces, especially lighting, we reckon you should try and catch British lighting brand Curioisa and Curioisa.

Make sure to catch up with us next week when we will pick some of our best showrooms to visit.

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