Clerkenwell is the little spot on the design / creative Venn diagram of London where showrooms, studios, seminars, workshops, designers, architects, magazine and book publishers all overlap. For the next three days, all of this will be celebrated and explored in
Clerkenwell Design Week with a programme overflowing with events.
It's a festival with a distinct festival vibe: entrance requires a wristband (free) and, once suitably tagged, you're free to wander between the many showrooms, bars, restaurants, seminars, talks and entertainments scheduled. We're particularly keen to see the cloud machine that snows ice cream and testing out the latest 'chair' at Vitra.
There's a noticeable emphasis on discussing sustainability in design and talks on colour, noise, ergonomics, materials and a sort of Question Time session with Grand Designs grandee Kevin McCloud stack up the intellectual end of the three days. Elsewhere in the programme, there are installations, live music, life drawing sessions, film screenings and picnics in showrooms - there'll be something for every taste, as should be expected in a festival all about aesthetics, function, product and usability.
Clerkenwell Design Week, Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 May. For more information and to register, go to the Clerkenwell Design Week website.