From the 21st to the 23rd May 2019 Clerkenwell will play host to one of the largest and most popular celebrations of design in the UK: Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it one of the most important design hubs in the world. Here at Milliken, we have been a showroom partner since the event’s inception in 2009 and are taking part again in the event’s tenth year.
Since well-being is at the core of our design ethos, our events during Clerkenwell Design Week will be focusing on the pursuit of happiness. Alongside some exciting new product launches, we’ll be running a series of talks and workshops offering a bright, energetic, colourful and happy twist on the perspective of well-being.
Continuing our theme of happiness, we’re working with London based illustrator and designer Erin Aniker to create our CDW identity, in order to creatively communicate our vision of a happy workplace. During the week there will also be Well-being Dens for visitors to explore, offering a virtual reality meditation experience, a stress-busting massage station and refreshments at our stunning Berry Street showroom.
We’ll also be dedicating some time to the launch of our latest carpet plank and tile collections known as ‘Fractals’ and ‘Poise’ - both of which use our proprietary Millitron patterning technology to combine soft organic patterning, with subtle washes of beautiful colour in a complex textural and luxurious construction. Both collections come with Comfort Plus cushion backing in order to provide the ultimate underfoot comfort experience, as well as offering positive acoustic benefits. Our ‘Comfortable Concrete 2.0’ and extensions of our ‘Clerkenwell’ and ‘Colour Compositions’ carpet tile collections will also be showcased.
Draw Yourself a Happy Mind - Liz Atkin
Internationally-acclaimed artist Liz Atkin will give an abridged version of her TED Talk on how she confronts her complex compulsive condition through art. This will be followed by a chance to take part in her ‘Draw yourself a happy mind’ workshop.
Tuesday 21st May - 10.00-11.30am
Thursday 23rd May - 2.00-3.30pm
Chasing Happiness Panel Debate
This lively and informative panel discussion will explore happiness, including topics such as:
- What do we mean by happiness?
- Are we all chasing unattainable goals?
- What kind of practical steps can our expert panel suggest to decrease stress and increase satisfaction?
- Can we design for happiness?
Journalist Helen Parton will chair the discussion, with panellists Ben Channon (architect, author of ‘Happy by Design’ and founder of the Architects’ Mental Well-being Forum), Kate Cook (Harley Street Nutritionist, international speaker and seven times author), Neil Shah (founder and Director or the Stress Management Society and best-selling author) and Tim Stoller (Director of ‘The Happiness Index’).
Tuesday 21st May - 6.00-7.30pm
Writing for Well-Being Workshop - Kate McBarron
Writing can be a powerful and creative tool for enriching our daily lives. Participants can learn more about writing for well-being in these introductory workshops.
Wednesday 22nd May - 11.00-12.30pm and 2.00-3.30pm
The Great Big Clerkenwell Design Week Quiz
Mix Interiors Editor Mick Jordan and Director David Smalley host a light-hearted quiz on all things Clerkenwell with some fabulous prizes to be won. This event is by invitation only, but don’t worry, we’ll be covering all of the highlights on our social media channels, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Instagram.
Wednesday 22nd May - 6.30pm
We’re looking forward to welcoming you in our Berry Street showroom throughout Clerkenwell Design Week. If you’d like to get involved with our workshops, reserve your place by contacting us via email on CDW@milliken.com or via telephone on 020 7336 7290.