The Chartered Society of Designers’ cost-cutting move to Clerkenwell should be complete within three weeks.
The London-based CSD is in the throes of moving from its Bedford Square base to a converted Victorian warehouse at Saffron Hill, as predicted in Design Week (DW 24 November 1995).
The CSD and its sub-tenants – the Design Business Association, the Association of Illustrators and the Industry Lead Body for Design – will occupy the first floor of the Saffron Hill building. Eventually it will also use the basement for meeting rooms and a library.
Members and friends of the society are helping with fitting out the new home. CSD director Brian Lymbery says the space will be “simply and functionally effective”.
The CSD’s new corporate identity by The Partners is also due to be ready by mid-February. Lymbery says the concept is “impressive, creative and witty”.
The CSD is welcoming bids for items it will not be taking from its Bedford Square premises. These include classic chair designs, lighting and a bar. Bids must be in by 9 February.