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Clerkenwell Design Week:
last day

If you're in London, and skiving off this afternoon – or around before 9pm this evening in the Clerkenwell vicinity, you still have the chance to check out the CDW exhibitions before they close, tonight.

There are three major ones in different buildings. And if you only do two, I would recommend first, the one in the Farmiloe Building... but mainly for the building itself.

This former glassworks, all brickwork and unusual spaces – from the vast entrance with its arial exhibiting space to the windy corridors a wonderful little rooms with wood and glass panelled doors upstairs, makes for a beautiful and atmospheric backdrop for fresh, gleaming design. If you haven't checked it out before during London Design Festival, when it's also put to good use for Designers Block, it's really worth seeing just for the space itself – in fact, it's one of my favourite interiors in London. This image is from Industri UK, where you can take an online walkthrough tour of this wonderful place (it hires such buildings out for big events).

On show at the Farmiloe are lots of swish design stores and brands – the furniture may be out of range price-wise, but an exhibition environment turns it from a consumer experience to a cultural one, no? Exhibitors include some of my favourites, such as Theo and SCP, as well as the likes of Swedese (pictured above), Dyke and Dean, who have a temporary shop at the event, and Very Good and Proper, who have also designed the event's mobile version of the Canteen restaurant along with Transport for London. Check out the full list of brands on show here.

But if you have already been to the Farmiloe before (it's also been put to use by Designers Block during previous London Design Festivals), then try the exhibition inside a Victorian former prison: House of Detention, pictured above.

This is also where you'll find lots if up-and-coming rather than established designers showing their wares. Check out Irish designer, Donna Bates, aka I Do Cartwheels – her milkshed inspired lighting is brilliantly unusual. While recent graduate, Freyja Sewell's HUSH Chair (pictured below) is something we could all surely do with after long working week, or a big night out. For a full list of exhibitors, click here (once there, click on their logos and you'll get images and links to their individual sites. Be warned, you will lose several hours...).


  1. I'd love to hide from the cold in those Hush chairs! And the Farmiloe is always worth a visit, its such a fascinating building.