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The final day of Clerkenwell Design Week is here and it's everyone's last chance to get down to the festival to experience the latest creative trends.

This is just a small selection of our last day:

Design Fields

Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling streets of Exmouth Market, Design Fields showcases a wide range of lighting, furniture, and product design, from Abstracta's unique fabric to Dedon's fun outdoor Jungalow collection (pictured).

This area is also playing host to CDW headline sponsor Renault, with its latest cars and technology on show.

Platform

Platform is deep in the 17th Century House of Detention, a dark and atmospheric setting for some stunning lighting displays. A multisensory must-see.

Collaboration & Billboards

If you are just wandering around the area, you'll probably come across a couple of striking art pieces: Collaboration and Billboards. Collaboration can be easily spotted, a swathe of vibrant pink covering the wall of Finsbury Business Centre, while Giles Miller's Billboards are unique installations spread across Clerkenwell, using colourful tiles to create talking points.

There is still time today and tonight to visit Clerkenwell Design Week; let us know your highlights from the three day festival and look out for our Pinterest board tomorrow!


We’re now more than halfway through Clerkenwell Design Week; here are our favourite spots from Day Two:

Museum of Making

A vibrant pop-up outside St John’s, we’ve been treated to craft demonstrations drawing on Clerkenwell’s creative history, along with showcases of local artefacts by heritage companies.

ICON House of Culture

This year, House of Culture has moved to Fabric nightclub ‒ but don’t think the lights have come up just because it’s daytime. The dark, labyrinthine space offers an intriguing background for the resident brands, while a stunning metallic artwork greets visitors as they descend into the club (pictured).

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon has teamed up with St James’ Church, contrasting beautifully fluid lighting against the rugged brick of the Georgian church.

Let us know your highlights of CDW so far!


Another May, another Design Week in Clerkenwell ‒ and it’s already shaping up to be a great one.

Showcasing some of the best local, national, and even international creativity, Clerkenwell Design Week attracts the best and brightest architects, designers, and artists.

Here’s our highlights from Day One:

Exhibitions at St James’s Church

Once again, St James’s Church is a key hub for Clerkenwell Design Week, holding Project, Additions, and British Collection. Must-sees in the Georgian church and its grounds include the Future of Design pavilion, the return of Jimbobart to the festival, and LimeLAB’s colourful HOKU lamps (pictured).

Screen printing at Shaw Contract Group

Carpet and hardwood provider Shaw Contract Group is providing a cracking combination of screen printing tote bags (a fun and surprisingly quick process) and fresh crepes up on Great Sutton Street.

HakFolly

Described as ‘a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past’, HakFolly is a colourful installation embedded in the arch of St John’s Gate.

And an honourable mention goes to Hitch Mylius’ collaboration with Malmaison, which has seen them create a ‘Clerkenwell Cocktail’ complete with silver ice.

Visited Clerkenwell Design Week today? Let us know what you enjoyed seeing.


Did you witness PG Tips' giant Monkey floating down the Thames?

On Monday, some lucky Londoners spotted the mascot, which was formed from an estimated 110,486 green leaves to promote the brand's green tea.

The six metre high Monkey meandered down the river with mug in hand, going viral on social media.

The clever stunt also aimed to raise awareness of how the colour green can impact our lives at home and at work, in anticipation of PG Tips' 'Green Paper'.

Did you see the monkey? Let us know, or read more about the fun publicity push here.





Style and elegance may not be the usual words you associate with crazy golf, but some top designers are putting a new spin on the fun pastime.

London Design Festival has launched a Kickstarter campaign, which would see a crazy golf course with a difference take over Trafalgar Square.

Visionary Crazy Golf showcases a variety of unique sections, by designers such as Tom Dixon, Paul Smith, Camille Walala, and Zaha Hadid.

The colourful course, described as ‘fun, free, and futuristic’, would be installed in Trafalgar Square, during the Festival in September, while people who pledge to the campaign will receive limited edition items by the designers.

Find out more about the incredible project here and tell us if you’d visit Visionary Crazy Golf.





With an estimated 3.5 million commuters on the London Underground each day, the system can be a bit of a daunting experience for tourists.

But a clever infographic by Free Tours of London delves into the dos and don’ts of travelling on the tube as safely and easily as possible.

The top ten hacks include the best place to stand on the platform, avoiding card clash. and handy shortcuts around the network.

Discover the cheeky cheats here and let us know your own tips and tricks for getting around the capital.




Do you know your King’s Cross from your King’s Road?

The Culture Trip has released a fun new quiz, testing you on common knowledge and some more obscure facts about Old London Town.

The quiz covers everything from Harrods and the Crown Jewels to EastEnders and Alexander McQueen, taking in Byron, the Beatles, and the British Museum in between.

Play the quiz here and let us know how well you know the capital.





Street art, graffiti, and outdoor guerrilla advertising are all well recognised forms of communication on the street; the works can convey a message, tag, identity, or a concept which is reflected through its graphical elements and style.

‘Street Art’, as a concept in its varying forms, is photographed up to around 3000 times a day on average, making it an ideal media platform on which to capture a relatively large target audience with guaranteed daily footfall.

The exact classification of these forms of ‘Street Art’ has become somewhat of a grey area in the last few years, with a fair amount of overlap emerging between ‘conventional’ street art (lower case), graffiti, and guerrilla advertising.

According to Wikipedia, street art is defined as ‘a visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues’. Graffiti, however, is classed as ‘writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view’. And guerrilla advertising is defined as ‘an advertisement strategy concept designed for businesses to promote their products or services in an unconventional way with little budget to spend. The main point of guerrilla advertising is that the activities are done exclusively on the streets.’

In Shoreditch alone, there are famous and up-and-coming graffiti artists painting new tags and idents on a regular basis (as featured below), all fighting for their messages to be seen above others in the area. Graffiti artists see the street scene as a great way to advertise themselves for free, obtaining premium viewing space in the process; however, many graffiti tags can been seen as vandalism, repetitive, and saturating an already overcrowded street art scene.

 

 

 

 



In comparison, there are some stunning pieces of conventional street art around the Shoreditch area. The below example, by Aron Nople, was commissioned by a firm of solicitors on the corner of Mundy Street and has now become a tourist hotspot.
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Street art can also cross over into the field of advertising, much like the example below, entitled ‘The Cycle of Futility’. Its creator Insa, better known for his animated GIFS, has integrated street art and guerrilla advertising via the use of augmented reality. By downloading the app (Gif-iti on iTunes) and holding your phone up towards the painting, the art becomes animated, breathing life into an otherwise two-dimensional piece of art.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another more obvious example of guerrilla advertising along Old Street. Due to its unique placement on the pavement and the communication of a very direct message with a clear purpose of intent, it effectively communicates the brand’s meaning.
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Graffiti, street art, and guerrilla advertising all engage with their audience via means of a ‘brand experience’, whether the experience be that of the artist promoting themselves, a brand promotion, or an iconic repeated graphical style used within the work. Therefore an argument could be had that actually, street art and graffiti are both a form of guerrilla advertising. Or perhaps graffiti, street art, and guerrilla advertising are all Street Art, by virtue of the fact they are all created on the street. Let us know what you think ‒ do the three forms overlap and which do you think is most effective?

By Karen Stevens, Art Director at The Think Tank

Karen’s selection of the best Street Art in Shoreditch will be revealed on Thursday.



Following on from our coverage of BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, we’re taking a look at some of the best culture spots in London. Some you’ve probably heard of or even visited, but others are definitely little-known treasures. Here’s our choice selection:

1. Somerset House
Somerset House, which has existed in some form since the Tudor times, is one of the most versatile culture venues in the capital, offering exhibitions, installations, screenings, and even an ice rink during winter.

2. Southbank Centre
Like Somerset House north of the river, Southbank Centre offers a diverse variety of events all year round, including food markets and festivals.

3. Leighton House Museum
This intriguing museum in Holland Park was once home to painter Frederic Leighton and boasts an incredible ‘Arab Hall’ (pictured), transporting visitors to another place and time. The museum also showcases Leighton’s work, which remains in various stages of completion.

4. Secret Cinema
Providing full-on immersive experiences, Secret Cinema holds cinematic events at locations that are revealed to ticket holders in the run-up to the screening.

5. Whitechapel Gallery
A free gallery on the edge of central London, Whitechapel Gallery has a long history of premiering ground-breaking artists, including Picasso, Rothko, and Kahlo ‒ an ethos it stands by today.

Honourable mention: Museums at South Kensington
The trinity of the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the V&A, all within easy walking distance of each other and offering something to everyone of all ages, from geology to fashion.

Which culture spot would you put on the list? Let us know.
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