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Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

We must confess: London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, which occurs from 22th to today,  turned out in a relevant event on the design circuit despite the only three years of existence. Indeed, it is already a reference place for emerging designers, talks and parties and it is already considered a must-see.

Lights by Swedese, a debut at Clerkenwell Design Week


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 which is located in the south of the Clerkenwell design district. This year, international exhibitors such as  MuutoLigne RosetDare Studio and Another Country can be seen there!

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 groupFabrica and Vessel Gallery, who is exhibiting a lighting installation. Surprised? Well, also  The House of Detention – a subterranean Victorian prison – proves an atmospheric setting for young up-and-coming designers to showcase their wares… a combination of mysticism and design provides an unforgetable atmosphere.

Organisers have also arrange 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 brandArtemide and architect Francesco Draisci’sstriking red umbrella forest in St James’ Church garden.

One thing we are sure: this year is the best of Clerkenwell Design Week. To go is not only a choice: it’s, indeed, a pleasure.