Zest was lucky enough to attend Clerkenwell Design Week, a three day event consisting of informative talks, workshops, and exciting product launches. As the home to some of the most creative businesses and architects in London, Clerkenwell has in recent years reinvented itself as a hub of exciting and innovative design, with the award winning event attracting the international design community year after year.

This year, Clerkenwell Design Week transformed well-known local venues such as Fabric Nightclub and the subterranean House of Detention into platforms to showcase their exhibitions, truly grounding the event in the local area and making it innately Clerkenwell’s. Participating companies included high-end furniture brands such as Ted Wood and Icons of Denmark, and the event offered ‘Conversations of Clerkenwell’, which dealt with industry issues and discussed new products.


One particular company that caught our eye was Bulo, a brand created by a Belgian duo in 1963. Bull guarantees sustainable product and design and collaborates with outside designers to ensure a variety of different approaches to design, keeping them fresh and innovative. At Clerkenwell Design Week, they demonstrated their working life philosophy through their Dan collection, which thrives in the modern shift towards more informal, flexible work stations. Dan, a modular collecting inspired by traditional Japanese joinery, succeeds in creating multifunctional and enjoyable working environments for both the individual and business.