trifle* tips for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018


CDW 2018 starts next week and the trifle* team have put together a list of must-sees to share with you.....

Now in it's 9th year, Clerkenwell Design Week is one of the highlights of our calendar. We've been excitedly looking through the preview press and website and accepting invitations in preparation.  Don't forget you can follow our Twitter and Instagram feed through the week (22-24 May).

Big Shows

There are several big venue shows at CDW. We'll be spending a while at Light (held at Fabric) as we can't get enough of good lighting inspiration. Other must visits arePlatform - a showcase for emerging talent (House of Detention), Design Fields for all the big players (Spa Fields) and the self explanatory British Collection (Crypt on the Green).



We'll be checking out the latest collections at MUUTO (see pic), deVOL, the new deadwood space (see pic) and MOROSO. We'll also be sharing a celebratory drink with the teams at Icons of DenmarkMilliken and Established &  SONS.

Meanwhile at the MARK Product showroom we'll be going to a panel event on Thursday evening at 18.30, where they will be discussing A Place for Plastic. The discussion of whether or not there is a place for this product in the future is probably the hottest topic of the year and will surely affect every industry eventually.


Pop-Ups and Installations

We've always been big fans of Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties and this CDW they are teaming up with expert carpet manufacturers Britons to launch their third collaboration, the Craigend Collection in a pop-up in St John's Square. #TBforBrintons

There is also a interesting study of polystyrene through the week as part of CDW presents...Reform. This substance has a bad reputation but according to CDW Content Editor Max Fraser, 

“Polystyrene is considered one of the ‘bad’ materials of our time as it can’t be recycled through regular municipal recycling schemes. However, if the material is sent back to the manufacturer, it is 100% recyclable (98% of it is air). So we are commissioning these beacons at CDW with their end-of life destination fully diverted from landfill.”

Expect installations from TDO Architecture, StudioDA and Studio 8Fold around Clerkenwell.

History and Wellness

Oh yes - all your bases are covered at CDW! As part of the CDW Fringe, EMULSION are presenting two events to reconnect you with the Clerkenwell neighbourhood. Cultural expert Mr Londoner will be holding In Sickness & In Health walking tours on Tuesday and Thursday. And on Wednesday, Emulsion will be hosting a spiritual meditation session with Natalie Cristal Morrison.

And if you see a product that you simply must have then it will be worth checking out the Design Best Sale Shop at Fabric during the week too.

Happy CDW2018!

team trifle* xx