Clerkenwell is home to countless architects, designers and creatives including Emulsion, but most of us rarely take the time to notice our surroundings. So, for this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week 2018, we invited people from all industries to reconnect with our neighbourhood in different ways, with the help of two dear and talented friends; Mr Londoner and Natalie Cristal Morrison. Each took a select group on a unique spatial journey.

Mr Londoner is the writer, storyteller and commentator, Antony Robbins, formerly a director of the Museum of London, and all-round London cultural expert. Mr Londoner devised a walking tour especially for Emulsion, showing us the local area in an entirely new light: “In Sickness and in Health” dived into both the life-giving spa waters of Clerkenwell and the grim history of Smithfield as a place of execution.  Along the way we discussed apothecaries’ cures, executioners’ methods and re-lived some of film and TV’s better moments.

Natalie Cristal Morrison is a yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher and an advocate for personal, corporate and social change for the well-being of society and the environment. Natalie led a tailored spatial meditation session in our communal garden which explored how mindful movement and meditation can help us connect more intimately with both the natural and built environment, enhancing the way we experience and appreciate space.

Thank you to Natalie and Antony for their enthusiasm and expertise, to Paul Denby of Capital Estates for kindly allowing us private use of the garden, and of course to everyone who attended these events. We hope you all enjoyed these experiences as much as we did, and look forward to seeing you again for next year’s Clerkenwell Design Week.

Photography by Peel Studio & Emulsion.

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