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Clerkenwell OPEN 2022
7th & 8th September

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 Trail. This will consist of a maximum of 15 Clerkenwell showrooms, over the two days of 7/8th September, hosting a series of informative and knowledge based seminars and workshops which will bring together leading figures from workplace and hospitality design to examine the trends and key issues affecting our industry.


Angela Dapper,
Grimshaw Architects

Laura Wardrope,

Jennifer Russell,
Your Bureau

Jeni Durksen,
M Moser Associates

Neil Usher,
GoSpace AI

Bertie Van Wyk,
Herman Miller

Nicola Osborn,
Basha- Franklin

Kirsty Angerer,

Kate Usher,
Menopause and Gender Equity Consultant

Nigel Tresise,
align interior architecture and design

Natasha Hewlett,
Peldon Rose

May Fawzy,
MF Studio & Director at BIID

Emily King,
BDP Architects

Gurvinder Khurana,
M Moser Associates

Dicky Lewis,
White Red Architects

Deepak Parmar​,

Lucy Bagshaw,
tp bennett

Ella Fathi,

Georgia Elliott-Smith,
Element Four

Ana Rita Martins,
Woodalls Design

Asif Din,

Christian Logue,
Sagal Group

Matt Davies,
The Furniture Practice

Jennie Greenwalker,
MAA Architects

Fiona Edwards,
JPA Workspaces

Rob Bosher,

Jane Clay,


Workplace Sector

Presented by WOD

1. Sustainability & Circular Design

Format: Panel Discussion (with members of ‘The Sustainable Design Collective’)

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 both commercially and practically challenging.

2. Workplace Design & Strategy for 2023

Format: A workshop with design leaders

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 future workspace? This interactive workshop will have teams of designers from various A&D firms come together to discuss key challenges and devise new solutions.

3. Future of Work – is Hybrid Working, the Way Forward or a Utopia?

Format: Debate

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 longterm solution. We will bring thought-leaders from the
workplace design industry to share their research and thoughts on future of work.

4. Reducing Waste is an Imperative

Format: Panel Discussion

How can the sector accelerate the pace of change to maximise reuse and reduce waste? A though-provoking discussion involving designers and architects to share their ideas and experiences.

Construction and production waste from our industry contribute highly to the landfill and it needs a strategy, collaboration and action to change this.

5. How Metaverse Could Change our Work

Format: Talk & Q&A

It is time to adapt to the future. We invite design studios who have already moved into designing in Metaverse to share their experience and thought process. Following the fashion industry, many furniture manufacturers like Miller Knoll are already showcasing their products in Metaverse. Is this the future of our work? How can we adapt to this new world. Designers and architects from the audience will be encouraged to ask questions to the speakers.

6. Embracing Decarbonisation in the Workplace Sector

Format: Presentations

The members of the Sustainable Design Collective – an initiative by WOD, will share findings from their meetings and discussions on this topic. Approaching a year since COP26 – are we really embracing decarbonisation in the workplace sector?

7. Office as a Hub for Collaboration & Wellbeing

Format: Panel Discussion

The benefits of workplace wellbeing are numerous. Design has a fundamental role in creating supportive and healthy surroundings. The office can provide opportunities to share knowledge, build stronger relationships and enjoy work. This discussion will revolve around the importance of collaboration and human connection and will also focus on furniture and products that aid collaboration.

Hospitality Sector

Presented by Design Insider

1. Delivering a Sustainable Hospitality Project

Format: Panel Discussion

Increasingly client briefs stipulate sustainable objectives for Commercial Interior Designers to meet and, as a UK sector, we are striving to make huge strides forward in delivering sustainable hospitality projects. This panel discussion will address the nuances of how sustainable hospitality projects can be delivered, with insights from people leading each stage of the project, including an architect, commercial designer and sustainability expert.

2. Sustainable Product Specification

Format: Panel Discussion

It is imperative that sustainability is addressed within the hospitality sector, however, when specifying new products are you confident in differentiating between green-washing and designs which meet key sustainable standards? Within this panel discussion leading commercial manufacturers and designers will discuss sustainability standards, identify core sustainable
manufacturing considerations and provide a checklist for specifying sustainable commercial products.

3. Addressing Material Toxicity

Format: Talk & Q&A

When specifying materials, it is not just important that the sustainability of the material is understood but that its direct impact on the environment it is placed into is also considered. The toxicity of materials specified for the hospitality sector is increasingly being addressed at the
stage of specification by architects and designers. Our speakers will discuss how a material’s toxicity can be calculated, highlight new materials which have little to no toxic impact and highlight future steps the hospitality sector needs to make in order to lead in creating healthy spaces.

4. Tackling the Challenge to Reduce Water Consumption in Hospitality Settings

Format: Presentation & Q&A

Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Our speakers will make a series of presentations in order for us to better understand the importance of reduced water consumption, the ways in which water waste is being addressed by hospitality designers and award-winning products which actively reduce the quantity of water used. Presentations will be followed by an open floor Q&A.

5. Presenting with Confidence

Format: Workshop

Have there been times when you wish you had delivered a clearer client presentation? Or when you could have communicated a concept to your team with increased clarity? Participants at all career stages will leave this workshop, led by inspirational coach Claire Skaptasen, with techniques which will transform their team and client presentations and dramatically improve their communication skills.

6. Creative Workshop with colourful jesmonite designer Katie Gillies

Format: Workshop

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.

7. Sustainable Flooring, Project Focused

Format: Group Presentation
Delivering a truly sustainable flooring

solution is a interdisciplinary task. At this presentation we will explore one single hospitality project in order to gain a deep insight into how a sustainable flooring can be designed, specified, installed and dealt with at end of life, a process which demands expertise at architect, interior designer and supplier level.

8. Defining & Delivering a Successful F&B Package

Format: Panel Discussion

As retail moves away from our highstreets we see an influx in new food and beverage brands bustling to welcome us through their doors. In parallel to this the roll an F&B offering plays in a hotel’s success has never been greater. Our speakers will discuss how a F&B concept is defined, how this is interpreted by a Commercial Interior Designer and the design brief answered by a commercial interior supplier.

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