The CDW countdown heats up: the festival is going to celebrate its 8th year in May 2017 (23-25). Clerkenwell Design Week has firmly established itself as the UK\u2019s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. Highlights this year include some ambitious installations. The Beacon, a 7.5m tall structure located at the entrance to Design Fields and inspired by the Tower of Babel. The installation will give visitors the chance to climb up the internal staircase to a spectacular viewing platform. Nearby will be Buzzijungle by Buzzispace, a playful elevated work-lounge space that visitors can climb, lounge and meet in. Meanwhile Hakwood will unveil Double Vision, a 4 meter high structural installation of recursive patterns nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close creating an uplifting moment for visitors whilst walking the exhibition route. St John\u2019s Square will be home to The Bolt: A Celebration of Craft\u00a0by Detroit-based manufacturer Shinola and London materials composer, Giles Miller. Shinola, who are heavily rooted in the preservation of craft, have collaborated with Giles Miller Studio to develop The Bolt \u2013 a cross-pond celebration of handcrafted skills, materials and products, themed around Shinola\u2019s iconic lightning bolt motif and assembled in Miller\u2019s signature style. Over 90 showrooms will take part in the festival, including Pentagon Tiles who will be opening a new space on Leather Lane in collaboration with Architect Simon Astridge. Vitra will be launching a limited edition Panton Chair in \u2018Sunlight\u2019 and Milliken are to host a party night with guest DJ, legendary designer Pam Hogg. Clerkenwell Design Week is free to attend, but be sure to register for your badge and enjoy. More information, events and exhibitors can be found on the official website. Register free here.