What’s on May: design

What’s that you say…you have a shoe fetish? And you love Kevin McCloud? AND you enjoy strolling around London looking at awesome design whilst wearing a monocle? Well don’t I just have a treat for you…

Clerkenwell Design Week


It’s the big one! The design community invades Clerkenwell for the 3 day ‘week’ with the aim of continuing to live up to its design district title. Relatively still in it’s infancy – this will be the Design Week’s third year – it attracted 24,000 people in 2011 so you can expect even more this time around.

There are over 60 showrooms to stick your head into, and three exhibitions, with some massive design names showcasing their work. Knoll, boss design, VITRA, Anglepoise, BoConcept, the list goes on…

…What’s more, it’s free! So register now.

When – 22-24 May, 10am-9pm

Where – Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Road, EC1

Admission – FREE if you register beforehand

Grand Designs Live


Whether you’re just looking for the latest power shower, a brand new hob or planning a grand design of your own, Grand Designs Live gets you thinking about how your house could look if you had massive budget and Kevin McCloud to keep you on the straight and narrow.

Over the course of 9 days over 500 exhibitors cram into the ExCel offering up advice and inspiration for your dream house. Added to this are regular seminars from Mr McCloud himself reflecting upon Grand Designs of the past, and looking at what’s to come.

When – 5-13 May, 10am 6pm

Where – ExCel, London, E16 1XL

Admission – £12 week day, £15 weekends

Christian Louboutin @ The Design Museum


If you wear shoes, you know Louboutin. The suave Frenchman, celebrating 20+ years as one of the world’s leading women’s shoe designers, will have an exhibition of his work showcased at the Design Museum this month with real emphasis on Louboutin’s design process from fantasy sketch to highbrow store.

However, the Design Museum warns that there are images of nudity in the ‘Fetish Room’, but if that’s not a reason to go I don’t know what is.

Adult admission starts at £11 and ends at £104 depending on whether or not you want a 340page, full colour, Louboutin book.

When – 1 May-9 July

Where – Design Museum, SE1 2YD

Admission – Adults £11, Students £7

— Daniel Cano


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