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A sensory celebration at DESSO’S showroom Clerkenwell Design Week 21-23 May 2013

25 April 2013 - Location: Desso’s London showroom 23-25 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell

Desso is providing a sensory feast at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week 21-23 May to launch its new carpet collection Materials in Touch with a combination of hands-on workshops, presentations, activities and exclusive events.

Materials in Touch is a new textured carpet tile collection designed to engage the senses with a modern and strikingly structured composition. This tactile range is highly interactive and playful and has inspired the Desso theme for this year's Clerkenwell Design Week.

The leading European business carpet tile manufacturer's celebration of the senses includes an inspiring panel debate, live music, plus an interactive window display incorporating textures as well as scents alongside sensory boxes, where hands can be placed inside to guess what's being concealed. This year's event also sees the return of the ever popular Drawing Gymnasium with Trevor Flynn of Drawing at Work. The week is rounded-off with a keynote presentation on the Circular Economy and the role of Designer by Sophie Thomas, co-director of design at the RSA, and co-founder of The Great Recovery project. 

Tuesday 21 May, Desso is hosting a number of leading individuals from the architecture and design world to launch the new collection and discuss 'Sensory Design: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity'. In the evening, Desso is inviting budding musicians and singers to an 'open mic' event - 'The Floor is Yours' - at the showroom. Acts are encouraged to bring their instruments down for an evening of entertainment and light refreshments.

The Drawing Gymnasium experience is on Wednesday 22 May in the evening and is run by Trevor Flynn and his team at Drawing at Work. This promises to be a truly inspiring event - again with a sensory theme to stimulate creativity including a (slowly) moving model accompanied by live classical music in a scented showroom. Trevor will also be hosting a couple of 'How to Draw' classes during the day.

Desso is rounding off the week, Thursday 23 May, with an external keynote speaker exploring the Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle® philosophy which continues to drive the business forward. The topic is Cradle to Cradle and the Circular Economy - Redefining the Role of the Designer by Sophie Thomas, co-director of design at the RSA, and co-founder of The Great Recovery project.


Sophie will give an overview of Cradle to Cradle®and the Circular Economy and how these concepts are redefining the role of the designer. She will explore how they help drive innovation and creativity for businesses and give some practical examples and advice on how businesses can collaborate to embrace a more sustainable way of working.

As always, all events will take place in the Desso showroom, 23-25 Great Sutton Street in Clerkenwell, where visitors can view the latest collection. Pre-registration is required for all the event. 

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