London Design Festival 2012: Walking Tours with Designer and Historian Jane Young

London Design Festival 2012: Walking Tours with Designer and Historian Jane Young

Declared a “bona fide Clerkenwell Design Week highlight” by onoffice magazine, Jane Young’s walking tours return for London Design Festival 2012. Historian and designer Jane Young, one half of textile and interior products company London Kills Me, will lead tours of Clerkenwell and East London, giving you a peek at the workspaces and characters of London’s creative past and present. Book your tickets now!

Shoreditch: From 19th Century Slum to Design District
Sun 16 Sept, 11am – Walking and Drawing Tour

Today, East London is home to the studios of British design stars like Jasper Morrison and Barber Osgerby, as well as host to London Design Festival design destination Tent London. On this Shoreditch walk, designer and historian Jane Young takes us back to the history of artisan trades and traditional industries within this quarter of East London, and the transition from nineteenth century slum to design district. The tour culminates in a leisurely drawing stop at Arnold Circus, encompassing the history of the first London County Council social housing, including a colourful account of the area portrayed through Victorian fiction.

Clerkenwell’s Creative Past & Present
Mon 17 Sept, 1pm – Walking Tour

Once home to spectacle factories, printing houses and gin distilleries, Clerkenwell has become Central London’s design hub, with world-class architects and furniture showrooms all based in the area. In this walking tour, designer and historian Jane Young peels back the layers of the area’s creative industries, from the watchmakers of the past, to the designer-makers still working in the area today. Stops include the Vitra showroom and the workshops of jewellers and silversmiths.

Architectural Clerkenwell
Sat 22 Sept, 11am – Walking Tour

Overlapping with Open House London, this Saturday tour of Clerkenwell with designer and historian Jane Young highlights the rich architecture of the area, with particular emphasis on the area’s creative industries, past and present. From the relics of the area’s gin distilleries and publishing houses, to a diamond-cutting-factory-turned-cafe, Jane Young’s stories bring Clerkenwell’s rich history to life. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras, to capture the many fascinating architectural details.

Tour durations: 1.5 hours, plus time for questions at the end
Cost: £10 per person