Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clerkenwell Design Week; from May 21-24: Take a Trip to EC1 and Getin Touch with Your Creative Side among the Style on Show, Suggests Katherine Burnett

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clerkenwell Design Week; from May 21-24: Take a Trip to EC1 and Getin Touch with Your Creative Side among the Style on Show, Suggests Katherine Burnett

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Byline: Katherine Burnett

WHETHER you want to know more about design and architecture, track down super-cool furniture and lighting you won't find anywhere else, or just discover one of London's most creative neighbourhoods, Clerkenwell Design Week (May 21-24) has something for everyone.

Squeezed between the buttoned-up City and the frenzied commercialism of the West End, Clerkenwell has long been a magnet for alternative creative types. In the past decade, a steady influx of architects and designers has reinvigorated EC1 and since the Design Week was launched four years ago, it has proved a great and growing showcase for local -- and international -- creativity and ideas.

The event has three main locations where more than 150 manufacturers and designers, including new brands and up-and-coming names, will be exhibiting their products.

The largest location is the Farmiloe Building, at the Smithfield end of St John Street. Some of the freshest talent in UK furniture making and product design will be here in this atmospheric, 19th-century former warehouse. Young rising stars like Hackney-based Norwegian Magnus Pettersen will be showing his furniture here for the first time. There is even a whole floor dedicated to lighting, including leading international brands like Foscarini.

At the Order of St John, a bit further north just off Clerkenwell Road, the mix of exhibitors has been chosen to reflect the latest interior decoration trends and includes sophisticated British furniture and lighting brands Ochre and Se. Keep heading north to find the third location, The House of Detention, tucked away behind St James's Church Garden. This literally cool subterranean space is, as the name suggests, a former jail, but it's now home to the newest designer names, representing a mix of furniture, ceramics, lighting and product design. Check out the striking innovative pieces from young Viennese designer Philipp Aduatz, who combines cutting-edge technology with craft techniques.

With a lot packed into a small area, we suggest you download the CDW app to help you find your way round.

However, those who would prefer someone else to take the lead can get a local expert to guide them. …

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