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Published May 21, 2015

Clerkenwell Design Week

For the sixth year running designers and architects flock to EC1 to see what creative delights Clerkenwell Design Week has on offer. A few of us from Studio H and some fellow Haskollites are among the crowds seeking out the latest in designer furniture, lighting and finishes. So we start with the Farmiloe Building. This Grade 2 Listed Victorian warehouse was built in 1868 for George Farmiloe & Sons to house their lead and sheet glass offices and workshops. It seems fitting that a building previously used to stock the London’s homes with windows be used to exhibit interior products and its use as a film set - Batman, Sherlock Holmes and Inception all had scenes filmed here - gives a vibrantly contrasting backdrop to contemporary designer pieces displayed here. With an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship, we note influences from 50s contemporary design and some quality office furniture designed to be flexible for new ways of working. We're currently talking with Occhio about the lighting at 39 Harrington Gardens so we head up to the top floors to say hello and admire their slick, technology driven collections.

A stop in a Mosa’s showroom with their eye-catching ‘mobile sponges’ window display and minimal interior, we move onto the bustling Domus showroom for an inspiring talk by Patricia Urquiola and a lively Spanish themed event (it'd be rude not to mention the delicious paella!) The external seating introduced this year (to market their recently launched Wood showroom in Battersea) across the road is a clever addition as Domus crowds often overspill onto the road outside. Clerkenwell is buzzing and vibrant for the 3 day festival, a positive reflection of London's thriving creative industry.