Clerkenwell OPEN Seminar & Workshop Trail 7th & 8th September 2022

This year, Clerkenwell OPEN aim to build on the success of the 2021 event, providing a fresh, industry led event that offers new opportunities for architects, designers, specifiers, dealers and end users to explore their abilities, mingle with like-minds and share industry knowledge and expertise.

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A number of influential interior designers and architects have indicated that, in this post pandemic world, what they are most interested in and are seeking is knowledge and information sharing.

To respond to this need, we have decided, for this year only, to present a Clerkenwell OPEN Seminar and Workshop Trail. In up to 14 Clerkenwell showrooms, spread over two days in September, expect a series of informative and knowledge based seminars and workshops bringing together leading figures from workplace and hospitality design to examine the trends and key issues affecting the commercial interiors industry.

Here are some seminars that you don’t want to miss…

Furniture and the Road to Net Zero
12:30pm on 8th Sept, Modus Furniture, 28 – 29 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DS

Join us for a presentation and discussion on ‘Furniture and Our Journey to Net Zero’ with Lucy Arndt, Head of Sustainability at Dodds & Shute and Lucy Crane, Sustainability Manager at Modus, introduced by Alys Bryan, Editor at Design Insider.
Come and learn more about how the furniture you choose impacts global carbon emissions and find out what to look for when choosing furniture with the lowest impacts.

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How Furniture Influences Wellbeing and Behaviour in the Workplace
4:30pm on 8th Sept, MARK Products, 5 Albemarle Way, EC1V 4JB

A panel discussion, to be chaired by Alys Bryan (Editor, Design Insider), will explore the role furniture plays in how we interact with and use space. The discussion will consider how products and spaces can be designed to contribute to wellbeing, productivity and collaboration.

We will wrap up the two days of talks on the rooftop terrace at MARK Product showroom with delicious drinks fresh from Cornwall thanks to Curio gin and a non-alcoholic option of Pentire coastal botanicals.

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150 Years of Innovation
5:30pm on 7th Sept, FLOKK, 63 Central Street, EC1W 3AF

For 150 years, the name Giroflex has been synonymous with seating excellence. Celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2022, Flokk explore the rich history that makes Giroflex an iconic brand, and share their latest designs, in their showroom exhibition. After the discussion, hosted by Alys Bryan, join the Flokk team for a glass of wine and explore their anniversary exhibition.

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Creative Workshop with Colourful Jesmonite Designer Katie Gillies
9:00am on 8th Sept, Camira, 8 & 10 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4DG (This workshop is by invitation only)

Creativity allows us to view and solve problems more openly and with increased innovation, although time limitations often restrict a designer’s opportunity to learn new creative skills. Join highly respected UK craftsperson Katie Gillies and create your own colourful terrazzo coaster at this breakfast workshop. To request an invitation to this workshop please register and a member of our team will be in touch to confirm your place.

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“The seminar programme at the first Clerkenwell OPEN proved to be of exceptional quality and extremely popular with the visitors. This second Clerkenwell OPEN builds on this with a greatly expanded seminar and workshop programme, which brings together the leading figures from workplace and hospitality design to examine the trends and key issues affecting our industry. The mission of the Clerkenwell OPEN continues to be to inspire and energise the people and businesses in our sector and to ensure that the showrooms in Clerkenwell continue to flourish.” – Jeremy Stein MD, BCFA (British Contract Furnishing Association)

“The success of last year’s Clerkenwell OPEN prompted us to make this into an annual knowledge sharing event, to celebrate our Work, our People and the Culture of the workplace design industry. The aim is to engage designers, manufacturers and the wider audience of the industry through thought-provoking talks, workshops and discussions. The focus of our seminars will be on the key elements of ‘progress’ and ‘moving forward’ and therefore our core theme for CO this year is Sustainability and the Future of workplace design.”– Harsha Kotak Founder, WOD (Women In Office Design)

Head over to the Clerkenwell OPEN Instagram to find out what companies got involved in 2021 and for the latest updates.

Registrations are now OPEN, sign up for your FREE tickets here.

Find out more on the Clerkenwell OPEN website.


About Phoebe Train

Phoebe is a Marketing and Events Executive, who joined the BCFA as an English graduate in 2021. Working closely with designers and BCFA members, Phoebe has published an array of content for Design Insider.
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