Spotlight on... Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week is on now, and if you've ventured anywhere near to EC1 in the past 24 hours you will know that the area is simply buzzing!

If you are planning on heading down today or tomorrow, here are a few things you simply must check out:

Clerkenwell Design Week is becoming known for supporting and showcasing homegrown design talent. This year is no exception, and the Farmiloe Building plays host as the hub of the festival, showcasing a wealth of British designers including Imogen Heath, Another Country, Assembly Room, Young & Norgate, Bark Furniture, Dare Studio and deadgood, alongside an edited selection of established international design companies.

You can't miss the giant Solar Tree by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide! Situated in St John’s Square, the Solar Tree will remain in London throughout the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic games until late September, and visitors will be able to sit and enjoy its structure from day till night, as the 20 green stems and  LED lit solar pad’s gently glow to illuminate the night.

Draisci Studio's Spring Forest installation in St James' Church Garden comprises 100 red stilted Fulton umbrellas. According to the literature, the umbrellas are foldable symbols of changing weather, while the scaffolding components are versatile symbols of urban transformation. It certainly is the one intallation that has created the most love/hate debate - what do you think about it?

Swedish flooring company Bolon has joined forces with the Italian fashion house Missoni to create its latest collection, and has unveiled a delightful miniature house at Clerkenwell Design Week completely covered in colourful, uplifting designs, situated under St.John's Gate.

No visit to Clerkenwell Design Week should end without enjoying a Sipsmith gin & tonic at the Gen Lane pop-up gin bar on the third floor of the Farmiloe. The Gen Lane pop-up has been designed by Alexander Hills and Mathew Freeman and constructed of sustainable paperboard. The design interlaces history, architecture, design and narrative to celebrate the heritage of gin through the quality of the best ingredients and materials available. Cheers!

You can download the full Clerkenwell Design Week programme of events for today and tomorrow here.