Discover Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

Clerkenwell Design Week 2023 is back (23 – 25 May 2023): our guide to key locations and special launches

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Ethimo at Museum of the Order of St John
(Image credit: Courtesy Ethimo)

In the nearly 15 years since its inception, Clerkenwell Design Week has become one of the UK’s leading independent design festivals, animating the London district with launches and installations set within historical venues. 

Clerkenwell Design Week 2023: key locations

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Ethimo at Museum of the Order of St John

(Image credit: Courtesy Ethimo)

As usual, offering a sense of discovery, this year’s edition (23 – 25 May 2023) takes over key historical Clerkenwell venues. These include Crypt on the Green (Clerkenwell Close), part of St James’ Church, hosting British brands such as Benchmark, Ercol, Sebastian Cox and The Conran Shop.

Nearby, the Museum of the Order of St John (St John’s Square) hosts Details, a fair-like exhibition where companies such as Ethimo, Samuel Heath and Kasthall present their latest collections in a charming atmosphere. 

Exclusive members’ club location, the Old Sessions House (23 Clerkenwell Green), is also open for a few days, hosting international brands like Brionvega and Dyson within the Grade II listed location.

Elsewhere, the expansive Spa Fields (91 Skinner Street) hosts Design Fields, a purpose-built fair space where highlights include Natuzzi, Lasvit, Villeroy & Boch and Graff.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2023 presentations and showrooms

Clerkenwell is home to several interiors showrooms, not to be missed: Fritz Hansen (78 Cowcross Street), Carl Hansen & Søn (16 Bowling Green Lane), Cappellini (150 St John Street), USM (49-51 Central Street) and Arper (11 Clerkenwell Road). Bathroom and tiles brands that opened in the area include Kohler (44-48 Clerkenwell Road) and Iris Ceramica (61-67 Old Street), VitrA (64 Turnmill Street), the latter celebrating its long-term collaboration with Arik Levy. Among the latest openings in the area is also outdoor furniture specialist Kettal (115-16 Dufferin Street). 

Discover new launches below. 

 Yinka Ilori x Domus Tiles  

Yinka Ilori for Domus Tiles at Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

(Image credit: courtesy Domus Tiles)

Yinka Ilori made his tiles debut with specialist Domus, and the collaborative collection is previewed at Clerkenwell Design Week 2023. The collection is defined by Ilori’s energetic colour palettes and patterns, and the presentation features a window display installation that demonstrated the collection’s expressive potential. 

Domus Clerkenwell, Great Sutton Street

Case Furniture relaunches iconic Robin Day designs

brown and black leather armchairs

(Image credit: Case Furniture)

Midcentury design codes are given a refresh by Case Furniture, which has worked closely with the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to recreate a sofa and an armchair that originally appeared in 1964. The ‘Forum’ seating collection, designed by Robin Day, epitomised 1960s design with its intricate solid hardwood frame. Details, including its elegant finger-joint detail and chrome-plated legs positioned outside of the frame, nod to Day’s wish to make the construction a part of the design in a rethinking of beauty and function. Writer: Hannah Silver

The new designs are shown at Amin Taha’s Groupwork studio on Clerkenwell Close

Viaduct x Smith's Rules: The Language of Furniture 

Letterpress at viaduct during Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

(Image credit: Courtesy Kelvyn Laurence-Smith)

Multibrand design showroom Viaduct presents new pieces by the likes of Emeco, Mattiazzi and E15, the latter showing the new Gallery table by David Chipperfield and the Zampa chair by Jasper Morrison. The showroom also hosts Kelvyn Laurence-Smith's letterpress workshop Smith's Rules, which will offer typography demonstrations (with visitors invited to try it themselves) throughout the week. 

Viaduct, Summers Street

Skagerak by Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen Skagerak outdoor furniture

(Image credit: Courtesy Fritz Hansen)

Danish design brand Fritz Hansen unveils its first outdoor furniture collection at Clerkenwell Design Week 2023, under the Skagerak by Fritz Hansen aegis. The collection includes the Banco bench by Hugo Passos and Aurelién Barby’s Plank collection, comprising table and seating. Both collections are sold as flat-pack and made from sustainably sourced FSC-certified teak. 

78 Cowcross Street

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.