May 16, 2023

CDW 2023 preview: the highlights you don't want to miss

Clerkenwell Design Week returns next week, offering inspiring exhibitions, insightful talks, and buzzing showrooms.

CDW 2023 preview: the highlights you don't want to miss

Every May, the streets between Farringdon and Exmouth Market come alive for three days as the design community gathers for Clerkenwell Design Week. This year, the the industry's favourite springtime gathering takes place from 23rd to 25th of May, featuring over 130 resident showrooms and more than 200 exhibitors. We have carefully sifted through the 2023 program to bring you the standout product launches, talks, and shows.

Talk: Clippings x Fritz Hansen

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Start your day in Clerkenwell with a delicious breakfast and enlightening insights. On May 24, Clippings invites you to join them at the bright and beautiful Fritz Hansen showroom. The talk will feature Marie-Louise Høstbo, Creative Design Director, and Morten Lund Petersen, Sustainability Manager from Fritz Hansen. They will discuss the brand's latest furniture launches, including new outdoor pieces from the recently acquired Skagerak catalogue. The conversation aims to reveal the creative and sustainable initiatives that keep a heritage brand like Fritz Hansen connected with present and future trends.

Wednesday, 24 May
Coffee & breakfast: 9am
Talk starts: 9:30am

RSVP here

Fritz Hansen Showroom, 78 Cowcross St, EC1M 6EJ

Launch party and talk: Material Bank

Material Bank will celebrate its European launch during CDW 2023.

Material Bank, the parent company of Clippings, will host its first ever event in London, celebrating the the European launch with a cocktail party and talk on 24th of May. At the stunning Autex Acoustics showroom, the brand will introduce their revolutionary service that simplifies material sampling. The talk, led by Dezeen's Jennifer Hahn, will explore this new way of sampling with Material Bank Europe's Philippe Brocart, Adam Strudwick (Principal at Perkins & Will), Maria Papadopoulou (Senior Associate at Perkins & Will), and Amy Marrocco (Head of A&D Sales at Autex Acoustics). Material Bank Europe is launching its platform with hundreds of brands across all material categories, and architects and designers can sign up now to try the free platform and service.

RSVP to event

Update: the guest list is now closed.

Wednesday, 24 May
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Talk begins at 6:30 pm.

Autex showroom, 61-67 Old Street, Level 5 Roof Terrace, EC1V 9AJ

Andreu World

The new Oru Chair will be on display in the Andreu World showroom during Clerkenwell Design Festival.

Spanish furniture brand, Andreu World, will present their latest product collections in their Clerkenwell showroom. One of the highlights includes the new Oru Chair (pictured above) designed by Patricia Urquiola. Additionally, on Thursday evening, Andreu World will host a talk titled "Neurodiversity at Work" in partnership with Women in Office Design. You can RSVP here.

Andreu World Showroom, 104-110 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DH


Workstories will show new collections during CDW 2023.

British office furniture manufacturer Workstories has two reasons to celebrate during this year's festival. Not only will they unveil new UK-designed and manufactured products, but they will also commemorate their 10th anniversary in business. Congratulations to Workstories! We can't wait to see their fresh launches and raise a toast to their success.

Workstories Showroom, 13 Northburgh St, EC1V 0JP


Mater is an industry leader in turning waste materials into furniture.

The Danish brand is spearheading the development of upcycled materials. Mater's showroom will host a special installation on circular waste with a special focus on the innovative waste material Matek, a compound made from various waste materials like coffee bean shells mixed with plastic waste.

Mater Earth Gallery, 114 St. Johns Street, EC1V 4UA


The new London home of Spacestor is located just next to Farringdon station.

This year, office furniture specialist Spacestor will be launching its new flagship design centre in Clerkenwell, just a few steps away from Farringdon station. Known for embracing the constantly changing workplace scene, Spacestor has created a tactile and playful space that can be uniquely adapted to any need. The design of the new space is by Gensler.

Spacestor, 49 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6AL.


British workplace brand Modus is set to launch two new collections: Balance Lounge and Q6. On a specific day, designer Jonathan Prestwich will be present at the showroom to chat with guests about his new creations. Moreover, Modus will be hosting a breakfast every morning with coffee by Somerset-based Round Hill Roastery. In the evenings, they will offer light snacks and drinks from some of Somerset's finest producers.

Modus, 28-29 Great Sutton St, EC1V 0DS


The versatile Morse Table System will launch during CDW.

Office furniture manufacturer Naughtone is set to introduce two exciting new collections during the festival: the Pippin, a streamlined lounge chair without arms, and the Morse Table System, a flexible solution that can be used as a dining table, solo worktable, or team-work bench with ease.

Naughtone, 6 Bakers Yard, EC1R 3DD


During the three days of the festival, Orangebox will host three talk on different sustainability topics each day.

Under the theme "No Green Bull...," Orangebox invites attendees to engage in discussions on how the design industry can become truly sustainable. Each day, three Orangebox partners will present their concepts, focusing on materiality, circularity, and locality. Additionally, the brand will showcase their Realising Relationship Building research, featuring several new products, each with its own sustainable design story.

Orangebox, 38 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU


The Swedish brand Lammhults will set up a pop-up stand in St James Church Garden and be present at the Workbench showroom. On May 24, visitors can attend a talk between journalist Hanna Nova Beatrice and Swedish design agency Note Design Studio (Register here). The discussion will delve into the creative process behind Lammhults' pop-up stand for CDW and the unveiling of the new Bau modular seating series.

Workbench Showroom, 3 Sutton Lan, EC1M 5PU.

St James's Church Garden, 3 Sans Walk, EC1R 0LT\


The Segments Prints is Kirkby's new range woven from recycled cotton.

For captivating patterns and colour combinations, a visit to the fabric and wallpaper manufacturer Kirkby's stand at the Detail exhibition is a must. They will be presenting multiple new graphic and geometric patterns in warm colourways, including a new range of outdoor fabrics made from recycled materials.

Stand D2, Detail at The Order of St John, St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ.


The panelists at Deadgood's talk will discuss why office design needs personality.

Deadgood will unveil a refreshed showroom, whose renovation was led by design studio Trifle*. The British brand will host a talk titled "Discovering the Power of Personality in Workplace Design", exploring the significance of personality, sustainability and well-being, in crafting irresistible, high-performance workspaces. They have invited an all-female panel of trailblazers, including Nadia Themistocleous, Lead Interior Designer at Trifle*, Simone Suss, Founder of Studio Suss, Vicky Leach, Deadgood's Design Director and Emma Morley, Founder of Trifle*.

Register here.

Wednesday, 24 May
4pm to 5:30pm

Deadgood Showroom, 46 Old Street, EC1V 9AQ


The Shoreditch Arts Club (pictured above) will host the after party following an inspiring talk at the Moroso showroom.

Italian brand Moroso will host a talk about the intersection of art and design. Dezeen's Deputy Editor, Cajsa Carlson, will engage in a discussion with Timothy Shepherd (Managing Director BGYID), Jane Maciver (Creative Director at BYGID), Che Blomfield (Curator for Shoreditch Arts Club), and artist Matilde Cerruti Quara. Afterwards, guests can join the cocktail party at Shoreditch Arts Club on Redchurch Street.

RSVP here

Tuesday, 23 May
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Talk starts at 6:30 pm.

Moroso Showroom, 7-15 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4SP


Camira will introduce a new fabric made from recycled wool during the festival.

Camira, the fabric brand, will host a sustainability-focused talk featuring Dr. John Parkinson, the founder of Camira's wool recycling business, iinouiio. Drawing on three decades of experience in the wool "shoddy" manufacturing industry, Dr. Parkinson will highlight the design principles for creating textiles with circularity in mind. The talk will also mark the launch of Camira's new recycled wool fabric, made using the brand's own yarn waste.

Tuesday, 23 May
3pm - 3.30pm

Camira Showroom, 8 & 10 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4DG


Bae is a modular sofa series featuring curved elements.

British brand Frövi is introducing Bae, a curved modular sofa system, Peggy, a laptop table, and an addition to their Bamboo range featuring a curved shelving option.

5 Sycamore Street (entrance on Baltic Street W),Barbican, EC1Y 0SG

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