Clerkenwell’s annual celebration of all things design is nearly upon us once again.
CDW is part trade fair, part marketing blitz, but it also packs in a fair amount for the interested observer. As ever there’s a bewildering range of events taking place over the three days; easily the best way to navigate through them is to download the CDW app for iOS. There’s also this map, or if you like things neat and list-y, the full programme is also online.
For the uninitiated visitor, much of the appeal lies in getting to tromp around some fine buildings normally off bounds to the public. This year the Farmiloe building on St John’s Street, and the labyrinthine House of Detention, are again pressed into action as showrooms, while the Order of St John becomes a venue for the first time. There will also be a pavilion in Charterhouse Square.
Other highlights include a series of village huts designed and built by Architecture for Humanity, and a second collaboration between Canteen and Transport for London. Following up on the 1950s-style transport cafe for last year’s London Design Festival, they’re bringing a London Transport Mobile Canteen to the Farmiloe building, where it will serve “classic British” scran.
Entry to Clerkenwell Design Week is free, though you’ll need to register first.