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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.

All the participating showrooms will be showing their latest designs and products, and many will be running their own events during the two days.

Clerkenwell Open will also feature engaging seminar programme organised by WOD (see details below).

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.

Wellbeing in Workplace Design

When: 9th September, 10:00am

WOD Host: Joanna Knight

Venue: Shaw Contracts

Format: Panel discussion

Speakers: Elina Grigoriou (Grigoriou Interiors), Gurvinder Khurana (Allign Architects), Sarah-Jane Osborne (Arcadis)

How can we design a space that can foster wellness-minded workplace? The WELL standard was developed to put focus on human-centered design and construction that positively impact health and wellbeing. But as designers how do we break these standards down and simplify them for our clients.

Lets break the mould and simplify the terminology of wellness and wellbeing.


Relationship Buildings

When: 9th September, 12:00pm

WOD Host:
Alys Bryan / Harsha Kotak


Panel discussion


More information coming soon.


Office as a Hub for Collaboration

When: 9th September, 2:00pm

WOD Host:
Kate Preston

Viaduct Furniture

Format: Panel discussion

Speakers: Jeni Durksen (Mmoser), Muriel Altunaga (CBRE), Nicola Osborn (Basha-Franklin)

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.


Future of Works

When: 9th September, 4:00pm

WOD Host:
Harsha Kotak


Seminar & discussion

Kay Sargent (HOK), Neil Usher (GoSpace)

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.


Sustainability & Circular Design

When: 10th September, 11:00am

WOD Host: Joanna Knight


Seminar & discussion

Georgia-Elliot Smith (Element 4), Jo Little (Planet Mark), Paul Dare (Morgan Lovell)

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: 10th September, 2:00pm

WOD Host: Harsha Kotak



Jane Clay (Gensler), Sarah (Knight Frank), Federika Frangipane (tp bennet), Tony Antoniuo (Rainbow)

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.


Register to Exhibit

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


Media Partners

Event Partners


Kay Sargent,
Director of Workplace, HOK

Neil Usher,
Chief Workplace & Change Strategist, GoSpace

Jane Clay,
Strategy Director, Principal, 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, Rainbow

Jamie Russell,
Regional Sales Director South, Bureau

Joanna Knight,
WOD Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager

Nicola Osborn,
Creative Director, Basha-Franklin

Gurvinder Khurana,
Director & Co-Founder, align

Bertie van Wyk,
Insight Programme Manager, Herman Miller

Jo Little,
Business Development Manager, Planet Mark

Martin Anderson,
Well Workplace Ltd

Federica Frangipane,
Associate Director, tp bennett

Sarah Miles,
Design Principal, Arcadis

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

Julian Roebuck,
Managing Director, Gresham

Alistair Gough,
CEO, Ocee Design

Stephen Russell,
Director, Pledge Office

Michael Holmes,
Commercial Director, Boss Design

Download the Map

Plan your route around Clerkenwell's participating showrooms.

Participating Showrooms