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On the design trail

LIVE to work or work to live? As the worlds of home and office design become ever more entwined, Clerkenwell Design Week is no longer just about office spaces, with homes becoming multifunctional spaces to work or launch a business. So, visit the heart of London’s architecture and design scene to get inspired and improve your live/work balance. Clerkenwell is one of the most important design hubs in the UK and with over 270 exhibiting brands, the event is unmissable.

THE TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE

1 Kitchen dreams!

deVOL’s new showroom

Based in Leicestershire, deVOL handbuild artisan kitchens that make our hearts flutter and now have two lovely showrooms in Clerkenwell. Their kitchens show off the skill of their craftsmen with an effortless simplicity that is oh-so desirable.

2 Icon House of Club Culture

at FABRIC

Proving that this beloved London club is not just for dancing, Fabric was a new venue for Clerkenwell Design week last year and now it’s back. It offers a surreal experience as you wander through the club space with the lights turned on to see various world-renowned design brands showing their latest products.

Lost spark: A power station from Roman Robroek’s art show

3 Selfie Moment

Soderberg Mills

We were super excited to hear that ace artist Jordan Soderberg Mills was coming to show again in the UK, Having picked him out as one to watch from this year’s Milan design festival. You can now see his amazing work with mirror and prisms here in London.

4 Go Geo

Custhom with &New

We have long been fans of &New and worked with the award-winning wallpaper designers, Custhom. So, when we heard about this collaboration we had to share! Custhom will present a new range of wallpapers and materials focusing on the interaction of colour and simple geometric form. Perfect for lovers of colourful, contemporary home design.

Sofa, so good: Deadgood’s pink creation

5 Playful Digital

Order by Aldworth James & Bond

Corian is not just for kitchen worktops. One of the things we look forward to most on the Clerkenwell design trail are the unexpected surprises as you turn each corner and see outdoor installations and sculptures. This year will be no different as, amongst others, creative-build specialists Aldworth James & Bond present feature installation Order, pushing the boundaries of digital fabrication with hand-crafted joinery techniques and the solid surface material Corian. The power of imagination and computers combine to take Corian and stretch its capabilities to the max.

6 Deadgood

Big pink sofa alert!

We told you pink was big in Milan and it is showing no signs of going away for a long time to come. We’ve followed the playful furniture designs of Deadgood for years and they always have something gorgeous that catches our eye. deadgoodltd.co.uk

Street art: Hakwood’s striking structure

7 Double Vision

Hakwood

Another of the amazing installations on the Clerkenwell trail – Hakwood, the wood flooring specialists, have created a 4m-high structure of bright pattern, within the historic Clerkenwell Close. You can’t miss it. Literally.

8 Art for your Interior

Edge Design

Edge Design are putting on two killer art exhibitions – Roman Robroek’s Abandoned Spaces show and Original street art, a display of Banksy prints.

Sitting pretty: A stylish Ercol Lara bar stool

9 Pitstop

Ercol at Albion Clerkenwell

Sometimes you need to relax and let the beautiful things soak in. Take a load off for a moment as you check out the new Lara stools by design icon, Ercol. Effortlessly pleasing and a chance to rest with a cold beer as you admire the clean shapes on display.

10 Future Makers

Museum Of London

Walk through the sights and sounds of the past, present and future makers of our cities. You have to know where we’ve been to know where we are going. So, the historians at the Museum Of London are launching a year-long season of free talks and walks, starting at Clerkenwell Design Week, to explore what it means to live in a truly global city. All walks require advance booking. museumoflondon.org.uk/citynowcityfuture

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