Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

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.