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Clerkenwell Design Quarter Overview

Posted on: 21 Sep 2016

With a calendar packed full of activities, enjoy the unique concentration of design in one of London’s oldest neighbourhood.

Clerkenwell is one of the unmissable destinations for any design ‘aficionados’ during this year’s festival. Virtually every showroom along the main arteries of Clerkenwell Rd, Farrington Rd, St John St and Goswell Rd hosts a special event, a product launch or a showcase of unique pieces from talented designers.

Start your visit at Clerkenwell London, a concept store that describes itself as a ‘new destination for the discovery of niche and established designers, creatives and artisans’. During the Festival, Clerkenwell London hosts the second edition of Design Undefined, a week-long event featuring a selection of talent and products with a multi-discipline approach, including fashion, tech and design.

Read more about Design Undefined.

Tucked away behind Clerkenwell Road is Viaduct, where designer and architect Nina Tolstrup from StudioMama has created a micro-interior of only 13sqm. This is a clever scheme where every piece of furniture is integrated to make a flexible living space that looks and feels much bigger than it really is. Is this the future of city living?

At Craft Central don’t miss Talent! 2016, a presentation of the top 22 graduate designers from across the UK. Selected by a panel of experts, this is your chance to meet and engage with work from new emerging talent, in its rawest form.

A few steps away from Craft Central is four23 which this year hosts the exhibition ‘The Chair in the Room, in the House’. With a unique use of the latest virtual reality technology, this is a must-see for anyone who wants to explore the boundaries of the way creative people work and create.

Read more about four23.

Bernhardt Design presents the Mellow sofa by French designer Oceane Delain.
This is a unique sofa featuring a system of handcrafted wooden buttons and cords that allows the user to change the shape and comfort of the sofa.

Lastly, if you want to take a break from your design-immersive experience, join one of the guided tours organised by Radicals & Revolutionaries at Adventure Walks and lose yourself in Clerkenwell, feel and breathe the unique atmosphere of one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods.

Written by Elisa Duriavig
Edited by Rosie Howe

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