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Atlas Insider: Clerkenwell Design Week

May 24, 2018

Attendees at Pentagon Tiles' design week showroom. Image source: Clerkenwell Design Week


Formerly London’s industrial heartland, Clerkenwell is now populated with creative studios, workshops and Michelin-starred restaurants, making it the go-to place for design aficionados and foodies alike. With more designers per square mile than anywhere in the world, this buzzing area is currently hosting the UK’s leading independent design festival – Clerkenwell Design Week – for the 9th year in a row.

Thousands of creative minds flock to this festival every year in search of inspiration, business contacts and international exposure. Between 22nd and 24th May 2018, the masterminds of design have been showcasing their cutting-edge products and projects during the festival. With Clerkenwell on the doorstep, we’ve put together a breakdown of some of the highlights this week. 


Design firms have been opening their showrooms to visitors, hosting talks, workshops and product launches. Among the participants are furniture makers, lighting and material manufacturers, as well as kitchen and bathroom brands.

What’s on offer?

New creations from bathroom and kitchen designer Kohler that caters to the lovers of understated elegance, sleek finishes, high-quality materials, and functional use of space; the launch of a new tile collection by Italian design house Mutina at Domus – to name a few.

Shoppers at the Design Best sale shop in Light at Fabric Nightclub. Image source: Clerkenwell Design Week

Visitors are able to attend seven exhibitions, showcasing up-and-coming and established design talent across furniture, lighting, surfaces, ironmongery, and more.

What’s the key highlight?

The Light exhibition taking place at the legendary Fabric nightclub in Clerkenwell is among the highlights – no pun intended.

Outdoor installations

Brace yourself for some seriously arty street spectacles, which redefine traditional concepts of design, space and material.

What’s new this year?

St. James Churchyard showcases this year’s winning concept related to the topic of sustainability. Presented in the shape of a kaleidoscopic oculus, this project is supported by pioneer high-tech architects Grimshaw and other companies renowned in the design space.

Grimshaw Architects' installation in St James' Churchyard

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