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This issue of The Clerkenwell Post coincides with the London Design Festival (LDF), which this year runs from 17 to 25 September. A nineday city-wide celebration of all things creative, it couldn’t fail to include Clerkenwell — and the area is firmly on the festival map, being once again a designated “Design District”.

This issue of The Clerkenwell Post coincides with the London Design Festival (LDF), which this year runs from 17 to 25 September. A nineday city-wide celebration of all things creative, it couldn’t fail to include Clerkenwell — and the area is firmly on the festival map, being once again a designated “Design District”.

Our local cathedral has also been given a role for the first time in the festival’s eight-year history: St Paul’s is home to one of its specially commissioned Landmark Projects installations (another, by Amanda Levete Architects, is stationed outside the V&A, the festival’s centre of activity). For it, King’s Cross-based arch itect John Pawson has created a metal and Swarovski-crystal halfhemisphere to sit at the base of Wren’s famous Geometric Staircase. More than just a work of art, it gives visitors a totally different view of the building, via the many angles and perspectives it offers. Pawson says of the principle behind it: “It’s not about what we put into a space, so much as how we enable people to see what’s already there.”

So, what’s on in EC1 right now? Craft Central is putting on three free shopping events, starting with the interiors-themed One Day Designers’ Sale at its St John’s Square building on 19 September, the day this issue comes out. You can meet the makers — among them ceramicist Alison Brent and textile designer Charlene Mullen — browse their stands, then treat yourself to something new for your pad.

Then on 20 September, illustrator Vic Lee is taking over the Craft Central pop-up shop space on Clerkenwell Green for a week, exhibiting his quirky print of Exmouth Market alongside others from his Londonereas series. And, also starting on 20 September, the Showcase gallery at Craft Central in St John’s Square is hosting the One Week Boutique, an exhibition-cumsale of jewellery, textiles and homewares by London designers — look out for Lucie Pritchard’s vintage-inspired silkscreen creations.

Meanwhile, British furniture company Modus is showing Process, an exhibition of its new chairs, at its showroom on Great Sutton Street from 16 to 25 September. As the name suggests, it displays production methods as well as finished products. You can also glimpse a prototype chair by Jonathan Prestwich, due to launch in Milan next year.From 22 to 25 September, the Farmiloe Building on St John Street is housing the 14th annual show from designpositive organisation Designersblock. Find there furniture, lighting and textiles from more than 100 UK and international designers.

In addition, it’s holding a new event for LDF called The Auction Room at Hoxton gallery The Gopher Hole, from 21 to 25 September. It’s an exhibition of bespoke pieces on the theme of “fake”, made by the likes of Studio 801 and Rosemary Anrude, culminating in an auction evening where visitors can bid to take the designs home in exchange for anything except money — be it vintage vinyl or hairdressing.

Finally, recruitment agency Creativepool is sponsoring an LDF-based treasure hunt around east London on 23 September, starting and finishing at Clerkenwell’s St James’ Church. With prize money of £1,000, it’s certainly worth entering — even if design isn’t your thing. Which is highly unlikely.

Ayesha Kapila writes about art and design – see www.ayeshakapila.tumblr.com. For more on the London Design Festival, visit www.londondesignfestival.com

 

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