A hot-spot for architects, interior design firms, high-end furniture showrooms and emerging interiors labels, London’s Clerkenwell is home to the annual Clerkenwell Design Week. This year the event encompasses pop-ups, open studios, talks and exhibitions, so lace up your brogues and pound the streets to make sure you’re in on the latest trends and ideas on show. Or… save your shoe leather and instead follow our top five movers and shakers on Instagram for instant updates. Each of the five selected below are taking part in the Clerkenwell Conversations series of panel discussions and seminars, meaning they have the inside track on what’s hottest and hippest on the London scene this year.
Author of The London Design Guide, Max Fraser is a long-time champion of British design and innovation. For this year’s festival not only is he the Content Editor for the festival as a whole, but is also leading an evening of visual cultural snippets at the event PechaKucha London Vol 14 x Clerkenwell Design Week. 5.30-8.30pm, 24 May.
Katie’s website Confessions of a Design Geek has been a phenomenon in the UK interiors world since it launched in 2010, getting the inside scoop on every emerging young designer and style trend going. Katie is relentless in pounding the pavements to bring you the hottest news from such events, and is leading the Curated Clerkenwell seminar at the show, giving an overview of must-see events you won’t want to miss. Curated Clerkenwell, 10.30 – 11.15 am, 23 May.
As senior editor at leading trend forecasting agency WGSN Gemma is perfectly placed to pick through the vast amounts of information and ideas at the fair to round-up what we’ll be seeing in the shops and putting on our walls six months or a year from now (psst, insider secret: her Tumblr which focuses on colour and pattern is a treasure travel of palette inspiration ideas too). She is also hosting the seminar WGSN x eporta Trend Analysis: What’s the Future for Interiors? which looks at which trends will take hold. 10.15 – 11am, 24 May.
No one does colour like the Mighty Myerscough. The designer is famed for her vibrant interventions in public spaces – see our recent article about her beautiful, vital designs for a children’s hospital – and for CDW she is taking part in a panel discussion entitled Leading The Way: Design in the Public Realm, examining how public spaces can be designed to be more human. 2 – 3pm, 25 May.
The insider’s insider, design journalist Claudia Baillie worked as Features Editor at Living Etc before moving on to be Interiors Editor at the Sunday Times Style magazine and now writes about every aspect of our homes for numerous titles. At CDW this year she is hosting Doshi Levien: Open Home, a discussion with established design duo Doshi Levien about their latest furniture project with John Lewis. 2 – 3pm, 24 May.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 runs from 23 – 25 May at numerous venues in Clerkenwell, London. For the full Conversations at Clerkenwell programme and to book tickets see the website.