24 Jul 2011

Futuristic seating in Clerkenwell Prison

The catacombs and former "cells"of Clerkenwell House of detention, built almost 400 years ago, was the backdrop for designers to showcase their work during the recent Clerkenwell Design week. It was an amazing venue! My favourite exhibit was this futuristic and very comfy looking "Hive" chair, crafted by Raw studio.  

The prison was rebuilt three times
During the 2nd World war, part of the prison
was converted in to a bomb shelter
When the prison was demolished, the Hugh Mydletton
school was built in it's place, but the catacombs remained
under the school playground.
Very rarely opened to the public, the prison is now used for
office storage and as a film set, most recently
 for Sherlock Holmes and St Trinians