May saw the launch of a new annual design festival in London’s Clerkenwell. During the three-day Clerkenwell Design Week (25-27 May) the area’s many furniture showrooms displayed special exhibitions, talks and parties.
Highlights included the Poltrona Frau Group who turned its new space into the London Design Village showing new collections by the likes of Alias, Cappellini and Poltrona Frau. The Farmiloe Building, which played host to the event, laid an exhibition of established and emerging designers from outside the neighbourhood. Design studio Scene also showcased an interesting exhibition of independent designers.
Other highlights included an exhibit by The Design Museum of work by its annual Designers in Residence programme established in 2007 to nurture emerging talent in a broad range of disciplines.
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