Whether you are want to keep your business fresh and up to date, or are looking to give your house a makeover, then you won't find a larger range of innovative designs than at Clerkenwell Design Week. The annual festival, which this year will be taking place between the 21st-23rd May, is the UK's leading independent design show, featuring top name architects, businesses, and creative minds. Over three days you will be privy to workshops, presentations, debates, and over sixty showrooms, which are sure to spark off ideas on how to run an environmentally & economically sustainable, yet stylish business, or a suave, modern place to live.
While most of the talks are aimed at businesses, the general public can enjoy visiting the exhibitors, indulging in champagne breakfasts, and take part in daily competitions. For example, Sedus is a German manufacturing company, and they are runny a silly contest, in which you have to find their lost sheep scattered around Clerkenwell. Find as many as you can, take a photo of yourself with them, and all the pictures will be entered into a prize draw.
The event is so large that the exhibitors are spread across four venues. The Farmiloe Building is a former glassworks factory with an eye-catching interior that is perfect for displaying all the showrooms, while the House of Detention - a subterranean Victorian prison - is an atmospheric, if not somewhat morbid place to show off cutting-edge designs. At the Order of St John, you will find the majestic priory church housing an exhibition of contemporary furniture and decorative collections, and outside you will find a number of pop-up pavilions featuring the top industries.
The festival is free, but you need to register to attend.