5 things to see at Clerkenwell Design Week

The vibrant architecture and design festival is returning to the creative hub of Clerkenwell for its eighth year running – we round up some things to see.

Now in its seventh year, Clerkenwell Design Week is bigger than ever. A new exhibition venue means that this three-day architecture and design festival now has eight exhibition spaces, as well as showrooms, talks, and gateway installations.

From 24-26 May 2016, brands from 25 different countries will be displaying their work across Clerkenwell, North London.

It’s a lot to pack in to just three days, so we have come up with a list of our must-sees for this year’s festival:

Installation: Future of Design pavilion




What: The pavilion is the culmination of a two-day workshop for GCSE students, organised by engineering and architecture community group, Scale Rule. The students sketched, designed and planned construction for a summer pavilion, which the Scale Rule team will be building for the first time for Design Week. The pavilion will house some of this year’s new exhibitors.

Where: St James Church garden, Clerkenwell

More info: Scale Rule

Studio showcase: Zaha Hadid Design Gallery

What: This showcase will be a tribute to the late award-winning Iraqi architect and designer Zaha Hadid. It will be presenting The Seamless Collection, which draws upon both geometrics and ergonomic research. Contrasting colours and materials blend with what was Hadid’s signature flowing form – this is an exhibition not to be missed.

Where: 101 Goswell Road, EC1V 7EZ

More info: Clerkenwell Design Week

Product launch: Go wheelchair


What: The Design Week closing party will also mark the global launch of consultancy Layer’s new Go wheelchair. The wheelchair, developed by Benjamin Hubert of Layer in collaboration with Materialise, is the world’s first consumer 3D-printed wheelchair, and can be personalised in shape to individual users. It will be shown alongside sketches and concept models.

Where: 155 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AD

More info: Layer design

Talk: The Acid Test – How to Protect Your Design from Copycats

Kids' suitcase brand Trunki lost an appeal this year where they claimed another brand had copied their product. © Magmatic Limited
Kids’ suitcase brand Trunki lost an appeal this year where they claimed another brand had copied their product. © Magmatic Limited

What: This talk by trade body Anti Copying in Design (ACID) will be a low-down on knowing your IP rights and protecting your designs at every stage of the creative process.

Where: Agas Harding Conference Room, The Goldsmiths’ Centre. Tuesday 24 May, 2.15pm-3.15pm

More info: Book tickets


Panel discussion: Waste not, want not – the role of reuse and reclaim in an era of meanwhile projects

What: A panel of architects and designers discuss more environmentally sustainable and responsible methods for creating pop-ups and temporary spaces.

Where: The Goldsmiths’ Centre – 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD. Wednesday 25 May, 2.30pm-3.30pm

More info: Book tickets

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