Clerkenwell Design Week: A Circular Economy Special

Clerkenwell Design Week: A Circular Economy Special

We returned to Clerkenwell Design Week to witness a plethora of progressive new designs and concepts that continue the conversation around a circular economy.

One of London’s foremost festivals for design and innovation, Clerkenwell Design Week showcases leading UK and international brands and businesses in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations.

Recognising the collective responsibility to produce and promote sustainable design, the overriding trend this year was the adoption of a circular mindset – minimising waste of all kinds through reusing, repairing and recycling.

Here are a few of the companies we came across at CDW who champion a closed loop system:


Planq is a sustainable Dutch furniture brand. At CDW, they showcased office furniture made from textile waste, such as old denim, army clothing, and suits, as well as from bio-based fibres, such as flax, hemp, and jute coffee bags.

Each of the fibres are first shredded into small pieces and then carded into felt. The felt is eventually pressed with a biodegradable binder made of potato or corn starch, producing a hard veneer.

Beautiful, and ingenious.


Baux designs, produces and promotes functional construction materials that meet the contemporary expectations of architects, engineers and builders, without compromising tomorrow’s safety and environmental standards.

Their latest product Wood Wool is made from – you guessed it – wood, and then mixed with cement. The wood fibres offer excellent insulation, heat retention and absorption, whilst the cement provides strength, moisture resistance and fire protection.

Innovation at its finest.


Habbio are a sofa company with a difference. Their products are made from 100% recycled or sustainably sourced materials and are 100% recyclable. When the time comes, Habbio will collect your sofa and recycle it themselves to make sure it avoids landfill.

A commendable and inspiring business model. Kudos.

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