Five must-see installations at Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

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Five must-see installations at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: with Clerkenwell Design Week just around the corner, Dezeen reporter Alice Morby has picked out the things to look forward to, including a Tom Dixon installation inside a church and a timber temple in a historic archway.

This year's event takes place from 24 to 26 May across the Clerkenwell area of London, with venues including the the House of Detention, Spa Fields, Fabric nightclub, St James Church.

Previous years have featured bespoke designs by Ross Lovegrove and Studio Weave, as well as installations including a colourful pavilion based on Venetian glass sweets and a series of pastel-coloured totems that guided visitors around.

Here's our top five for 2016:


Tom Dixon at The Church

Materiality collection by Tom Dixon

British designer Tom Dixon will be installing a chandelier from his Materiality collection, a kitchen and a co-working environment inside St James Church on Clerkenwell Green.

The designer has collaborated with the church's vicar Andrew Baughen, who saw the potential for the building to be used as a workspace by the residents of Clerkenwell.

St James Church, Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0EA


Museum of Making pavilion by White Arkitekter

Museum of Making pavilion by White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has teamed up with engineer Price & Myers to create a structure in the form of a deconstructed barn. The Museum of Making pavilion will be installed in St John's Square at the heart of Clerkenwell and will be made of blue-toned panels produced by facade manufacturer Equitone.

During the duration of the fair, the Museum of Making will function as a social space dedicated to the art of making. Alongside an exhibition of work from contemporary makers will be a series of daily workshops including architectural card making and pendant punching.

49-50 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ


Billboards by Giles Miller

Billboards by Giles Miller

Giles Miller Studio will create a series of installations that lead visitors around the events and showrooms.

The London-based studio will present a series of large-scale abstract signs made from square-shaped glass tiles that have been composed to create a swoosh, directing visitors to the next part of the festival.

The functional sculptures are produced in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile, who are celebrating the launch of their new London Hub in Clerkenwell during the festival.

Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0EA


One Thing After Another by Sam Jacob Studio at Sto Werkstatt

One Thing After Another by Sam Jacob Studio at Sto Werkstatt

For this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, London showroom Sto Werkstatt invited Sam Jacob Studio to create an installation at its gallery space.

The outcome, named One Thing After Another, will explore the inputs and outputs of information between digital and physical worlds.

It will feature a standard wooden garden shed that was 3D-scanned to create a digital copy, then processed and fabricated from Sto's lightweight volcanic stone-based construction material Verolith.

7-9 Woodbridge Street, EC1R 0LL


HakFolly by Hakwood and Flea Folly Architects

HakFolly by Hakwood & FleaFolly Architects

Flea Folly Architects has collaborated with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood to create a 4.5 metre-high timber structure that will be located inside the historic St John's Gate.

The architects designed the timber temple following a visit to Hakwood's factory in the Netherlands. They aim to create a moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell's monastic history.

St John's Gate, EC1M 4DA