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Clerkenwell Design Week reports record-breaking year with more than 37,000 visitors

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), the UK’s largest and free design festival, returned last month (23 – 25 May 2023) and reported a total of 37,725 visitors from both the UK and overseas – the best attendance results in its 14-year history and 24% up on 2019.


Marlon Cera-Marle, Director of Design at Media 10, said, “We’re absolutely delighted with what we achieved this year – not only because we reached our highest visitor numbers yet, but also because we were met with so much excitement and enthusiasm from our visitors and the wider A&D community.”


“This year we made a full-scale return to Clerkenwell – and with our most extensive programme to date. Everyone was so looking forward to seeing interesting products and meeting with their suppliers and peers again.”


Cera-Marle added, “I’d like to thank everyone – including our local showrooms, partners, exhibitors and sponsors – who have supported us this year and made CDW another resounding success.”


The 2023 festival comprised a total of 11 exhibition venues presenting more than 300 design brands and makers – as well as a network of over 160 local showrooms hosting a range of product launches, workshops and talks.

A series of specially commissioned, inflatable public art by British artist Steve Messam was dotted around Clerkenwell and joined by other immersive, one-off features including a mycelium-made, modular seating structure by PLP Architecture; a collection of multifaceted, Megalithic columns from Duffy London; a multi-sensory, wave-like tunnel constructed from seaweed paper by Jestico + Whiles; and not least, the BAUX temporary exhibition with special feature walls by Morag Myerscough.

This year’s festival also welcomed a selection of design destinations which hosted installations, brand features and temporary design showcases. They included The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Cowcross Yards Paxter Locher House, Groupwork Architects, Brewhouse Yard and Bourne and Hollingsworth.


Conversations at Clerkenwell – curated by brand consultant, Katie Richardson – was also back for three days with headline speakers including Morag Myerscough, Philippe Malouin, Nipa Doshi of Doshi Levien, Yuri Suzuki, and James Patmore of Soho Home. The talks programme took place in Spa Fields – alongside the ICON at 20 intimate sessions with the likes of Mimi Shodeinde, Tom Dixon and Ben Cullen Williams at Old Sessions House, and [d]arc thoughts, a lighting dedicated talks series at Light inside House of Detention.


Clerkenwell Design Week is back from 21 – 23 May 2024.

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2023 exhibition venues


Design Fields – home to international furniture and interiors brands
Contract – home to commercial interiors
Light – home to international lighting brands
Project – home to workplace furniture and solutions
Elements – home to architectural hardware and finishes
British Collection – home to the best of British interiors brands
Detail – home to luxury interiors
Platform – home to emerging design talent
Old Sessions House – home to brand pop-ups and activations, and also the festival hub offering CDW visitors free access between 23 – 25 May
Ceramics of Italy – home to Italian tile brands
(NEW) Catapult – home to contemporary design for office, hospitality and retail

Clerkenwell Design Week 2023 in numbers


37.725 visitors (83% trade, 11% public, 3% press, 3% students) from 66 countries
31.311 trade visitors
75% architects and designers
79% have either sole responsibility or direct influence over purchasing decisions
£1.5 average spending power of each decision maker


Top product interests include:
36% furniture
24% surfaces
16% lighting
10% interior accessories


Decision makers will be working on the following projects in the next year:
Commercial (office / workplace) 32%
Residential 24%
Hospitality 16%
Retail 12%
Other 16%

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