There is no doubt that London’s Clerkenwell Design Week has begun to establish itself on the design circuit despite its relative infancy. Now in its third year, the three-day festival is offering an ever-increasing line-up of established and emerging designers, new venues, installations, talks and parties, ensuring a well-deserved space on our list of calendar must-sees.
As with previous years, the main event hub is the Farmiloe Building, a dramatic disused 19th century repository that was once a lead and glass merchant’s warehouse. Located south of the Clerkenwell design district, the building is this year playing host to a slew of local and international exhibitors, from Muuto and Ligne Roset, to Dare Studio and Another Country.
Across the road, new festival venue Order of St John - a 12th century crypt and priory - provides an ecclesiastical setting for brands such as Benetton's research group Fabrica and Vessel Gallery, who is exhibiting a lighting installation. A short stroll away, returning venue The House of Detention – a subterranean Victorian prison - proves an atmospheric setting for young up-and-coming designers to showcase their wares.
Organisers have also orchestrated a series of installations for this year's festival. Dotted around the area are the likes of designer Ross Lovegrove’s six-metre Solar Tree for Italian lighting brand Artemide and architect Francesco Draisci’s striking red umbrella forest in St James’ Church garden- a testament to the festival’s desire to inspire and highlight the value of art in the everyday.