Now in its third year, Clerkenwell Design Week has certainly established itself on a par with its European equivalents. Last week thousands of design enthusiasts flocked to Clerkenwell for the various installations, product launches and workshops as part of the event. Not only did visitors see the latest works from leading architects, furniture and textile designers, there were also music and theatre performances, pop-up bars and street food that really brought about a festival atmosphere.
The event took place around the Clerkenwell area, with most exhibits held in the Farmiloe Building, The House of Detention prison and the Order of St John crypt. These historical buildings, each with their own distinctive architecture, created an interesting setting for the contemporary design works on display. Other notable attractions amongst the local showrooms open to the public were installations such as ‘Solar Tree’ in Clerkenwell Green and ‘Spring Forest’ in St James’ Churchyard.
The main hub of activity gravitated towards the Farmiloe building in which many British and international brands were represented. Industry leaders such as Swedese and Artemide were exhibited alongside lesser-known independent designers creating an eclectic and vibrant show.
To top it all, the sun shone throughout the event; many visitors were to be seen wandering leisurely between showrooms, chatting about the exhibitions, enjoying the good weather… and a cold drink.