Design "Week" is actually three days from next Tuesday to Thursday, May 20-22, when EC1, with the highest density of creative individuals and companies in Europe, celebrates its considerable design cred with work by hundreds of makers, homeware launches and other events spilling on to the streets.
Nip over in your lunch break or after work to stroll around a happy hotchpotch of design events. Check it out on www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com, and on Twitter @CDWFESTIVAL, using hashtag #CDW2014.
At the Tile Mile, mirrors on the inner arches of ancient St John's Gate turn Turkish floor tiles into a seemingly endless vista. Another eye-catcher is "Smith", an angular, grey pavilion celebrating the area's historic craft skills. There are group shows in four historic buildings including the House of Detention, where underground cells harbour 35 designers showing off their lighting, wallpapers, furniture and more. More than 80 exhibitors will be in the former offices and warehouses of the Farmiloe Building.
St John's Church will have 35 show booths - don't miss the crypt, or the installation by the Campana Brothers of Brazil - while St James's Church on the green will welcome 20 hopeful design entrepreneurs into its crypt. In showrooms lining Clerkenwell Road and adjacent streets, special events include Instagram and creative writing coaching, plus furniture restoration workshops, at Milliken carpets in Berry Street. Launches include chairs, lights, and ceramic tiles by Barber Osgerby. Ron Arad and Sir Peter Cook are among the design stars giving talks. The Clerkenwell Collection gallery has listed about 50 EC1 bars and restaurants on clerkenwellcollection.com/blog, while The Gin Garden (www.gingarden.com) offers art... and tastings.