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22nd May 2017

Clerkenwell Design Week highlights: inspiring talks

Clerkenwell Design Week’s international reputation needs no defending – now in its eighth year, the festival has confidently established itself as a platform for London’s prolific, boundary-pushing creative community.

All the more reason, then, to make the most of its comprehensive slate of panels, conversations and presentation. From cutting-edge technology reports to discussions on design ethos and quick-fire PechaKucha sessions, here’s our pick.

Design in education: panel debate

5 Berry Street, EC1V 0AA
Tuesday 23 May, 6pm–7.30pm

Journalist Katie Treggiden chairs a conversation on the state of design in education between designer Jay Osgerby, Crafts Council creative director Annie Warburton, Professor Andrew Brewerton and Jade Ilke of Designing Futures. | Book here.

Curated Clerkenwell

Spa Fields
Northampton Road, EC1R 0DF
Tuesday 23 May, 10.30am–11.15am

Three industry insiders present their top spots at this year’s show. Architect David West of Studio Egret West, established designer Ella Doran, and renowned design journalist Katie Treggiden will guide you through the exhibitions’ not-to-be-missed brands and products in this morning briefing. | More info here.

Ineke Hans in conversation with onOffice editor Helen Parton

Hitch Mylius, Malmaison Hotel
18–25 Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6AH 
Tuesday 23 May, 4pm–5pm

The Dutch designer discusses her 2016 research project on the future of the workplace and the changing position of the designer | Limited spaces; contact Hitch Mylius to book.

Ineke Hans
PechaKucha London Vol 14 x Clerkenwell Design Week

Spa Fields
Northampton Road, EC1R 0DF
Wednesday 24 May, 5.30pm–8.30pm 

An evening of fast-moving, image-led presentations from eight creative minds sharing their inspiration, passions and normally unseen processes. | Book here.

Carbon footprinting your products: what’s the point?

45 Gee Street, EC1V 3RS CPD
Wednesday 24 May, 11.30am–12.15pm

Discover what carbon footprinting is all about, how to do it, and how the results might be used to improve products and grow business. With Dr Leigh Holloway from Eco3. | Book here.

Simplicity in design, chaired by Jeremy Myerson

13 Northburgh Street, EC1V 0JP CPD
Wednesday 24 May, 12.30pm–2.30pm

Humanscale’s design ethos is one of unprecedented functionality, innovation and simplicity. Jeremy Myerson, a leading academic researcher, author and activist in people-centred design and innovation, chairs a panel of design and engineering experts to discuss ‘essentialism’ and the need to reject the unnecessary. | More info here.

Material Matters

Spa Fields
Northampton Road, EC1R 0DF
Thursday 25 May, 10.15am–11am

An exploration into modern materials presented by Seetal Solanki, director of research consultancy Ma-tt-er. Where will material designers go next? Seetal is joined by Justin Floyd of Solid Wool, designer, maker and researcher James Shaw, and experimental designer Marlène Huissoud to discuss the latest work-in-progress developments of this ever-changing sector of design. | More info here.
Seetal Solanki
Leading the Way: Design in the Public Realm

Spa Fields
Northampton Road, EC1R 0DF
Thursday 25 May, 2pm–3pm

Committees plan our cities and architects shape our buildings, but who helps humans navigate their way through this manufactured environment? Sarah Manning of wayfinding studio Spaceagency, designer Morag Myerscough and Oliver Goodhall, co-founder of We Made That, consider what makes great public design – clarity, simplicity, imagination or innovation? 

Design talk with La Fondation Le Corbusier

50 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DF
Thursday 25 May, 1pm–2pm

A member of La Fondation Le Corbusier discusses the prolific architect and designer’s work, focusing on his Polychromie Architecturale colour system. This event coincides with the launch of the Le Corbusier LCS Ceramics collection. | More details here.

Take a look at some of the best creative workshops at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week here.


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