Dezeen Watch Store at Clerkenwell Design Week

Dezeen is media partner with Clerkenwell Design Week, which takes place in London next week, and we'll be presenting a pop-up Dezeen Watch Store at the Farmiloe Building on St John Street from 24 to 26 May.

Moody by Lievore Altherr Molina for Andreu World

Moody by Lievore Altherr for Andreu World

Now in its second year, Clerkenwell Design Week encompasses a range of design-related events and exhibitions staged in showrooms and venues across London's Clerkenwell district.

Faretto Doppio Light by Nigel Coates for Slamp

Faretto Doppio by Nigel Coates for Slamp

The Dezeen Watch Store pop-up is at the Farmiloe Building, 34, St John Street, London EC1M 4AY, 10am to 9pm from Tuesday 24 May to Thursday 26 May. Besides showing our full collection of watches we'll be the first UK store to sell LunaTik (above), a product designed by Scott Wilson that converts an iPod Nano into a watch. See our video interview with Wilson.

Tokyo Chaise Longue by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina

Outdoor TOKYO by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina

See below for more information about Clerkenwell Design Week:

London’s hotly anticipated design event announces programme

Press Release May 2011 Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) – London’s premier celebration of design – returns with
aplomb following its hugely successful 2010 inauguration, sponsored this year by Jaguar.

The three-day festival takes place from 24 to 26 May 2011 and brings together a varied and vibrant programme of events spanning debates, discussions, presentations, exhibitions, installations, street parties and workshops all in the name of celebrating and embracing design.

London Fieldworks Spontaneous City

Spontaneous City by London Fieldworks, sponsored by Greene and Co.

Showcasing the latest product and furniture design innovations from over 50 British and international manufacturers – CDW crucially offers the unrivalled opportunity to see many world launches of new furniture and interior accessories. For many companies it’s also the first opportunity to see products that were launched at the Milan furniture fair in April.

Clerkenwell-based showrooms participating at CDW 2011 include: Ahrend, Wilkhahn, Steelcase, Orangebox, Haworth, Kusch and co, Strata Tiles, Boss, Hands, Modus, Silverline, Bene,Triumph, B-loose, Knoll, Girsberger, Brunner, Forbo, Desso, Koleksiyon, Poltrona Frau, Interstuhl, Hettich, Vitra, Moroso, Milliken, Lammhults and Bulo. Many will be staging exclusive new product launches, talks with high profile speakers and VIP parties - all this and even Clerkenwell’s own fashion style spotters will be roaming the streets reporting on the latest trends!

Plastique Fantastique The Emotion Maker

The Emotion Maker by Plastique Fantastique

New to this years event is The House of Detention venue – a subterranean Victorian prison hidden in the heart of Clerkenwell. Not usually open to the public, this unique space will house site-specific installations and innovative product displays for the duration of CDW. Exhibitors include; Timorous Beasties who will bestowing a series of brand new lace material patterns designed for modern architectural spaces; Multi-award winning illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen whose unique style has been spotted by Harvey Nicholls and Italian restaurant chain Zizzi. She will be treating visitors to live drawing and interactive workshops; Bark Furniture will be launching two new additions to its Acorn Collection, The Sideboard and The Chest of Drawers; Design duo Steffen Ringelmann and Vibeke Arnt-Jensen who established The RAD Gallery, which is devoted to showcasing emerging art and design talent will be launching their latest UK enterprise with an exhibition celebrating the work of lighting designer Dari Bae and her handmade chandeliers.

Political Objects by Oscar Diaz and Federal Office

Political Objects by Oscar Diaz and Federal Office

Once again, CDW will take up ‘residency’ at the Farmiloe Building on St John Street, housing a pop-up design exhibition, featuring cutting edge displays and installations from an array of international designers and organisations from across London and further afield. Exhibitors include; Anglepoise will be launching a new product with design director Kenneth Grange; Bolon will be launching its new Artisan collection, manufactured using a new proprietary- developed fibre; Hitch Mylius will be celebrating their 40th anniversary and showcasing newproducts from its furniture collection; Ligne Roset continues their collaboration with the Bouroullec Brothers and will be showing the new 2011 collection which includes the Ploum sofa, a ripe, voluptuous ultra-flexible sofa that offers the ultimate in comfort; Nigel Coates will be showing his brand new lighting collection manufactured by Italian firm Slamp, alongside pieces from his Animalia furniture collection designed in collaboration with Fratelli Boffi. Independent British design talent James UK, Dare Studio, Jennifer Newman and James Burleigh will be showing their latest innovations alongside cultural institutions such as the Barbican who will be popping up with temporary design stores.

hm 63 by Nigel Coates for Hitch Mylius

hm 63 by Nigel Coates for Hitch Mylius

One-off commissions also play a large part in the festival and aim to engage visitors in topical issues currently preoccupying the design world. This year’s special features, confirmed to date include – Be a Pin Up, a life-size pin art installation by internationally acclaimed handbag designer Lulu Guinness; a specially designed giant inflatable structure entitled The Emotion Maker by Berlin based experimentalarchitecture group Plastique Fantastique, and a curated exhibition by product designer Oscar Diaz and his studio Federal Office called Political Objects which will show products and images that represent the shifting ideologies of a new generation of designers.

Chest of Drawers by bark

Chest of Drawers by bark

“We are delighted to announce the return of Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2011,” comments Daren Newton, CDW founder. “Building on a hugely successful launch, one that exceeded all our wildest expectation, 2011 is already shaping up to be bigger and better. We’re continuing to attract not just huge amounts of interest from the design community, but also from the visiting public who seem to have an unquenchable thirst for design. We look ahead to a busy few months bringing it all together.”

Anglepoise TypeC by Kenneth Grange

Anglepoise TypeC by Kenneth Grange

About The Event: Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day annual festival celebrating design’s creative richness, its social impact and its power for change. Run in partnership by Media 10 and Mix Media Ltd, the event was established to celebrate Clerkenwell as the heart of the design industry. The 2010 festival proved a huge success attracting over 18,000 registered visitors who flocked to over 150 events.

Clerkenwell has long been regarded as the creative hub of the UK. A stone’s throw from the city, it is home to a plethora of new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios, more than 200 architectural practices (more per square mile than anywhere else on the planet), and is home to over 60 international design brands.

Sideboard by bark

Sideboard by bark

A Brief History: The name Clerkenwell comes from the Clerks’ Well in Farringdon Lane, where London parish clerks performed mystery plays in the Middle Ages. Since the Industrial Revolution it has housed craft workshops, notably printers, clockmakers and jewelers; printing and bookbinding (conveniently near the Smithfield tanneries) still flourish, as do graphic designers. The 1990s saw a revival of Clerkenwell's faded fortunes, when architecture, design and other creative firms flocked to its comparatively cheap but central studio and workshop premises.

Jaguar Cars Limited is a manufacturer of luxury sports cars and sports saloons based in the UK. One of the best known and best loved automotive brands in the world, Jaguar has a long and distinguished history, during which the company has produced many iconic vehicles – including the XK120 in 1948, Mark VII saloon in 1950, the C-TYPE and D-TYPE race cars that dominated Le Mans during the 1950s, and the legendary E-TYPE, originally launched in 1961 and arguably the most famous sports car of all time. Jaguar remains at the forefront of the global luxury automotive industry.