Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

From mystery plays to workshops and finally the UK's creative core

by Malcolm Clark
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From today (22nd May 2012) until Thursday 24th Clerkenwell in the central London borough of Islington becomes the focus of design attention with annual event Clerkenwell Design Week. The event is a sort of “Fuori Salone” taking place across Clerkenwell with showrooms, exhibitions and other events including music, theatre and food.

The companies present at the showrooms include Vitra, who will also be presenting the new film on Charles and Ray Eames, designers of some of their furniture collections - ‘Eames: The Architect and the Painter’, Haworth with their workshop: ‘Living Stages - what can workplaces learn from theatre design?’ with RCA researcher Imogen Privett and Moroso Linking with Kvadrat’s new collections by Alfredo Haberli; the Take a Line for a Walk armchair with quilted cover & Soft Box sofa will be displayed. Activities in the showroom will take place throughout Wednesday 23 May including a talk by Alfredo Haberli.

The exhibitions include that of Andreu World the Spanish contemporary furniture company who will present its 2012 collection in the UK for the first time. It will take place in the Farmiloe Building, one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in London and used as a film location in blockbusters like Sherlock Holmes, the Batman films and the Da Vinci Code.

In these three days Clerkenwell will further cement its image as the design hub of the UK, the completion of its metamorphosis from the Middle Ages “Clerks' Well” where mystery plays were performed through the workshops of the Industrial revolution to its current home for new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios and more than 200 architectural practices.

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