Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 begins

DesignCurial takes a swift tour around Clerkenwell to get a feel for what to expect from this year's festival

Words by Lauren Beeching

It's that time of year again and Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 has begun, we were taken on a stimulating tour before the official opening and thought we'd give you a sneak peek.

First we (Kat Houston and I, DesignCurial editorial) are directed to take a closer look at the 'Icon House of Culture'. Here Icon has taken over Fabric nightclub for the duration of Clerkenwell Design Week and brands such as Stellar Works will be showcasing their latest products.



Our next stop took us to St John's Gate where we came across 'Hakfolly', a collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood and FleaFollyArchitects who have designed and created 'HakFolly', a 4.5m high temple of timber located right inside of the famous castle-like gate.


Museum of Making by White Arkitekter

Next, we were introduced to the 'Museum of Making' designed by Swedish practice White Arkitekter, sponsored by EQUITONE and in partnership with design curator Pete Collard. The architects have found insights from both their home dialects and the history of Clerkenwell to produce an exploded barn pavilion.

We came across an colourful furniture installation by Lollygagger Living Surface Matter and Loll designs in the Garden of St James, the project shows how the right material is able to transform a design and add a surprising amount of quality.


A new campaign launching during CDW is #KeepLondonCreative, a new social enterprise that helps businesses find and book creative spaces, which is supported by artist Luke Hawker and you will be able to find him during Clerkenwell Design Week.

We finished the tour at Design Fields, where Renault showcases its latest models plus, nip about Clerkenwell when you're tired with Renault's Twizy two-person cars.



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