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Fora celebrate Clerkenwell Design Week

Petite Friture, Orrb and Balance Talks to host events and installations at Fora’s Clerkenwell venues

Fora will host a unique series of design events for London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, from May 22nd – 24th. Held at its Central Street and Dallington Street locations in Clerkenwell, Fora has collaborated with a range of designers and collectives to host events and installations throughout the week, celebrating exceptional design talent.

Co-founder of Fora, Katrina Larkin commented: “Both Clerkenwell and design are a huge part of Fora’s story, we’re delighted to be able to support this as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.”

The events will run throughout Clerkenwell Design Week commencing on Tuesday 22nd May with a product launch by Orrb and designer Lee McCormack, showcasing full immersion wellness technology, whilst Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties will present their third collection with Brintons. On Wednesday 23rd May Magnum Photos will present Photography and Place, Anti Copying in Design (ACID) will host an IP seminar on intellectual property, and French design editor Petite Friture will host a panel on nurturing design talent.  Balance Magazine will round off the week with a talk on Wellbeing in the Workplace on Thursday 24th May.

Inspired by the co-working revolution, Fora is reimagining the office space, with premium hospitality, modern design, and a curated approach to events. Fora will use its in-house event space to host the series of events ranging from panels, installations, talks and product launches.

Fora Locations:

  • Fora, 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB
  • Fora, 9 Dallington St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0LN

Schedule of events

Tuesday 22 May

Event title: Timorous Beasties and Brintons, in conversation

Event start time: 6.30pm

Event end time: 8.00pm

Location: Dallington St

Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties present Craigend, their third collection with Brintons, Craigend, at Clerkenwell Design Week. The pair will be joined in conversation with Emma Cassidy, Head of Creative Design at Brintons. By invitation only.

Organiser/Contact: Lizzie Colville

Tuesday 22 May

Event title: Orrb; Full Immersion Wellness Technology

Event start time: 2.00pm

Event end time: 5:00pm

Location: Central St

New product launch. A short presentation by Orrb designer Lee McCormack followed by a chance to experience the new fully immersive product environment. Orrb aims to help facilitate the wellness and learning in the workplace. Orrb is a gymnasium for the mind, helping you relax, regain focus, increase performance and train for self-development.

NOTE: the sleeping pod will be available to the public during the whole week in the café area. It will be then moved to the office space.

Organiser: Lee McCormack /

Wednesday 23 May

Event title: Magnum Photos Presents: Photography & Place

Event start time: 2.00pm

Event end time: 2.45pm

Location: Central St

Magnum Photos’ Global Cultural Director Sophie Wright presents approaches to documenting the spirit of a place with photography, to coincide with a display of Magnum’s Live Lab London in Fora; a three-photographer residency project responding to the Clerkenwell area.

Organiser/Contact: Emily Graham

Wednesday 23 May

IP Seminar with Anti Copying in Design (ACID)

Event start time: 2.00pm

Event end time: 3.00pm

Location: Dallington St

Anti Copying in Design (ACID) is the leading UK’s leading Design and IP campaigning membership organisation which has helped thousands protect their intellectual property. Join ACID to learn the basics of intellectual property, how to protect, maximise and commercialise your designs, and create a proactive IP strategy.

Wednesday 23 May

Event title: In conversation with Petite Friture

Event start time: 5.00pm

Event end time: 7.00pm

Location: Central St

Fora welcomes Petite Friture’s founder, Amélie du Passage, and designer of its ‘Chains’ lighting, Sylvain Willenz, to the Forum where design writer, Katie Treggiden, will chair a discussion centred on nurturing talent.

NOTE: Petite Friture’s installation will be at Fora Central, in the restaurant, concierge and bar areas from Monday to Saturday included.

Organiser/Contact: Jessica Knowles

Thursday 24 May

Event title: Balance Talks: Wellbeing in the workplace

Event start time: 2.00pm

Event end time: 3.00pm

Location: Central St

We discuss why, when and how to implement wellness in the workplace and encourage employees to engage in the process.

Organiser/Contact: Rashmi Madan

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