Review- Clerkenwell Design Week

Now in its third year Clerkenwell Design Week is now underway. Clerkenwell has always been something of a dichotomy. On the one hand it has a long tradition of clock and watchmakers, a symbol of precision, craftmanship and order, but on the other it’s also been the preferred residence of outcasts, rebels and rabble-rousers, such as Watt Tyler, for over 400 years. Since the early 90’s though these two seemingly diverse themes have fused somewhat and it has steadily been establishing itself as London’s unofficial design nexus. These days there are more architectural practices, graphic design studios and flagship furniture showrooms than a suburban high st has hairdressers. Coupled with the area’s part-Dickensian/part-village green feel and it’s copious amount of fine watering holes and eateries this makes it the ideal locale in which to stage a three-day festival.

So, whilst the keen horticulturalists and amateur gardeners are all south of the river soaking up the sights and smells of the Chelsea Flower Show, a somewhat different crowd was assembling in EC1 for a more interiors based experience.

New for 2012:

SPRING FOREST a installation by Draisci Studios and Fulton Umbrellas

BOLON & MISSONI join forces:

A SMALL COAL MAN’S TRAVELING THEATRE: by Aberrant Architecture

A SIX-METRE TREE designed by Ross Lovegrove

Once again this year the main hub is The Farmiloe Building:

New York Based ‘Lerival‘ is showing for the first time in the UK :


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