Clerkenwell Design Week is back for its ninth edition, from 22 to 24 May. With hundreds of fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations, there will be something in store for every design enthusiast.

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For those of you not familiar with London’s geography, Clerkenwell is a neighbourhood in the North of the city with a long tradition as a home to creative industries stretching back to the Industrial Revolution. Today, its unique variety of historic buildings has been transformed into showrooms and workshops, attracting a new wave of makers and thinkers. A fitting setting for the festival!

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This year, sustainability is a central theme throughout, with several projects addressing our relationship to waste and the environment. Your Tote Counts by Chelsea College of Art, to name just one, is addressing the issue of a surplus of cotton tote bags replacing plastic bags – turns out they are more environmentally harmful! Students from the Chelsea College of Art will customise unwanted bags brought by the public.

Zaha Hadid Gallery on Clerkenwell Design Week Zaha Hadid Gallery on Clerkenwell Design Week. Photo: Ollie Adegboye.

If clubbing is your thing, you may be familiar with Fabric, legendary night-club housed in a former cold-store. Bringing day into night, it will host an exhibition around light, featuring the latest offerings of top international brands and presenting spectacular stand-alone lighting installations. It’s one of the highlights of CDW, and a 2018 novelty.

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Last year, over 30,000 visitors attended the festival, mostly professionals of the design and architecture industries. But fear not if you are just a passer-by: the event is free upon registration, and there is much to discover!