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19 May 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week is less than a week away and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.  As well as all the brands getting involved and showcasing their work we are particularly looking forward to seeing the Fringe activities come alive. Building on the collaborative ethos of CDW, this year’s festival will see architectural practices, branding and advertising companies, engineers, creative studios and workshops all getting involved, widening the appeal of CDW while reflecting EC1’s history of imaginative and forward thinking.


Architects’ practices including AHMM, Chetwoods, Wilkinson Eyre, Aedas, Say, Coffey Architects, BDP, David Morley, Duggan Morris, Emulsion, along with key Clerkenwell players, such as Thornton Tomasetti engineers, Marta Nowicka & Co designer, Ideo design agency, Uffindell brand consultancy, Metro photographic studio, Chelsea Fringe Garden of Disorientation, Creative Clerkenwell at Lansons, Lezley Craze jewellery gallery and Craft Central designer-makers studios, are all opening their doors to give a rare view of their daily working lives with designer/architect led guided tours giving insights into past and current projects, hands-on workshops, installations, and a number of exhibitions ranging from architectural model displays, to photography collections and student furniture competition winners’ works of art.


onoffice has also teamed up with Creative Clerkenwell on the Makers in Residence programme, which will be running throughout CDW. Makers in Residence will celebrate Clerkenwell's unique community of makers and designers to give a special insight into the skills and processes behind the finished product.

Creative Clerkenwell will also be putting on walking and drawing tours led by designer and historian Jane Young of London Kills Me who has an eye for materials and a head full of good stories. Join her on a walking and drawing tour of Clerkenwell's creative past and present, specially prepared for Clerkenwell Design Week 2012.
The tour begins at Pennybank Chambers on St Johns Square, once artisan dwellings and a pennybank that allowed craftspeople to save up for tools, now the home of Craft Central's designer-maker studios. Then you will explore the tangled streets of Clerkenwell, hear about the tavern that served the Knights Templar, pop into designers' studios, discover the secret of the area's hidden river, and find out how Kurt Geiger's modern headquarters got its fancy facade. Paper will be provided for those who fancy knocking up a sketch, or, in true 21st century spirit you can bring your own iPad. 

Click here to book now


On Wednesday 23 May at 11 am onoffice editor James McLachlan will host a panel debate at Desso showrooms headed, “Should health, wellness and wellbeing be key considerations in the design process?” The panel will include Clare Brass, Leader, Sustain Royal College of Art and SEED Foundation, Mr Koen Van Eig, owner and director, BMA Nomique and Ludwig Cammaert, design & technical development manager at Desso.

And finally, anyone who signed up to our registration offer will receive an e-voucher for a free coffee at the super cool TwentyTwo to TwentySix. Woo!

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