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Clerkenwell Design Week returns for a second year

Clerkenwell, home to more than 200 architectural practices, sees the return of its annual three-day design festival

The free event (register online) is taking place in venues across Clerkenwell with its base in the Farmiloe Building on St John Street. The Victorian commercial building, which is itself the main attraction, plays host a combination of Jaguars (the main sponsor) and displays from an array of international designers.

The House of Detention, which is operating a strict one-in-one-out policy, is an extremely popular addition to the festival. The Victorian subterranean prison is host to a series of underground installations showcasing contemporary talent including work form Bark Furniture, Hendzel and Hunt, Dari Bae and some literally musical chairs.

Several local architectural practices are opening their doors during the festival including BDP, SaY Architects, AHMM and David Morley Architects. CZWG’s tempting offer is an open studio ‘plus an evening of table football, burgers from Exmouth Market’s Medcalf chef and a display of past and present work.’

If you’re in need of a drink Chetwood Architects have converted the abandoned petrol station on Clerkenwell Road into a ‘pop-up’ bar (open 12 - 10pm daily) to celebrate the launch of Inside World Festival of Interiors.

Clerkenwell, 24th to 26th May 2011, free, www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com

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