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At WOD we have partnered with the BCFA (British Contract Furniture Association) to bring a new two-day ‘OPEN’ trail event that will take place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September 2021.

The ‘OPEN’ showroom trail will celebrate the reopening of the Clerkenwell Furniture and Design showrooms, providing a focus for participating companies to encourage their existing and potential clients to visit their showrooms again.

To ensure that all the showrooms taking part can be visited over the two days, the number of locations will be limited to 40.

A showroom trail map will be available for download by potential visitors and will also be available in a print version at the event.

Thursday 9th September
10.00am – 5.30pm

Friday 10th September
10.00am – 3.00pm

Register to Attend!

Don't miss out, secure your place today!


WOD is known for its well curated knowledge based learning and networking events and we will be bringing the same to the Clerkenwell Open Festival.

The 5 themes curated for this festival are based on the research and insights about the trends and issues in the workplace and commercial design industry. Our aim is to bring thought-leaders and experts from our industry to interact with the festival visitors and share their research and knowledge through talks and workshops. The idea is to have open conversations about these topics where the audience will participate and not just listen in.

We have also planned some fun workshops and events that will bring different sections of the industry together. So RSVP below for the events as soon as the registrations open as there will be limited seats for each event.

Sustainability & Circular Design

When: TBC
Venue: TBC
The office workplace is a major contributor to the climate crisis. How is the design sector addressing the serious issues of sustainability, circularity and waste reduction? This discussion will revolve around the Net Zero pledge by architects and designers and will also discuss the role of furniture manufacturers in translating these pledges to product design, which can be commercially and practically challenging.

Workplace Design & Strategy

When: TBC
Venue: TBC

Workplace strategy must encompass an organisation’s goals and values. How can designers understand and embrace the issues shaping corporate decisions, and ensure a positive impact for a post-covid workspace? This interactive workshop will have teams of designers from various A&D firms come together to discuss key challenges and device new solutions.

Furniture Dealers Network

When: TBC
Venue: TBC

The pandemic has accelerated the pace of change in how we work. Many people are now returning to the office but what does the future hold? How can we design for change and evolution? Highlighting the importance of EQ (emotional quotient) in the designing of space and discussing AI (artificial intelligence) as a part of the long-term solution. We will bring thought-leaders from the workplace design industry to share their research and thoughts on future of work.

Future of Work

When: TBC
Venue: TBC

An interactive workshop event for collaboration and debate. Dealers make a tangible, independent contribution to the design process – what are the key factors to remain ahead in a competitive market? How are we working with our clients and our furniture partners to keep our role and businesses relevant post covid. This event will be hosted by a panel of experts and heads of furniture dealers to discuss the business of furniture.


Office as a Hub for Collaboration & Wellbeing

When: TBC
Venue: TBC

Designers have a responsibility to highlight the opportunities to create inclusive environments within the workplace. One size does not fit all – we must understand how to embrace different requirements, abilities, sociability and learning skills. Inclusive design is the key to hiring and retaining new talent and plays an important role in the success of an organisation.


Fashion Meets Interiors

When: 10th September at 4.30pm
Venue: TBC

A gala fashion show of workplace design and furniture to showcase creativity and bring a fun element to the festival. Ten teams comprising of designers, manufacturers and suppliers will work on creating a piece of furniture and clothing to match.

This will be the closing event for the Clerkenwell Open Festival

If you are interested in participating email: with the subject ‘Fashion meets Interiors’


Register to Exhibit

If you represent a showroom in Clerkenwell, be a part of the OPEN!




Kay Sargent,
Director of Workplace, HOK

Neil Usher,
Chief Workplace & Change Strategist, GoSpace

Jane Clay,
Strategy Director, Gensler

Mureil Altunaga,
EMEA Design hub, Director, CBRE

Jeni Durksen,
Senior Associate – Design, M Moser Associates

Sarah Audsley,
Head of Workplace Strategy UK&I, Knight Frank

Tony Antoniou,
Managing Director, Ranibow

Jamie Russell,
Regional Sales Director South, Bureau

Joanna Knight,
WOD Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager

Nicola Osborn,
Creative Director, Basha-Franklin

Advisory Panel for CO

Georgia Elliot-Smith,
Managing Director of Sustainability Consultancy, Element Four, and UNESCO Special Junior Envoy for Youth & the Environment

Tom Hitch,
Digital Content Expert

Stephen Block,
Sales Marketing Manager, Bene UK / MENA / APAC

Giverny Harman,
Marketing Expert

Harsha Kotak,
Founder, Women In Office Design

Jeremy Stein,
Managing Director, The BCFA

Download the Map

Plan your route around Clerkenwell's participating showrooms.

Participating Showrooms