Clerkenwell Design Week is the UK’s leading independent design festival which takes place in the most creative hub of London, and the world, EC1. Pink flags were proudly flying the Clerkenwell Design name as lots of friendly, welcoming businesses opened their doors. It attracts an international design community throughout the three days with an impressive showcase of the leading brands, designers and their newest concepts. Now in its ninth year, the week is continually raising the bar and this year was no exception. Below we review the top emerging trends from the event.
Moss has many biophilic benefits, which is becoming an integral part in office design. It created a focal point to the space, and provided a directional edge to normal fixtures.
The latest concepts enhanced each space acoustically and aesthetically. They added vibrancy and style with a wide range of materials, colours and design options available.
Marble and concrete
The use of marble and polished concrete featured highly, and it presented a modern effect for collaboration spaces. The materials delivered an industrial effect that also had a sleek and sophisticated feel to it.
Partitions can be an effective way to making your space work smarter. The demand for flexibility in space is high, especially with the rise of activity-based and agile working. Consequently, there were many versatile options that encouraged idea generation and collaboration zones around the partitioning. One option created a blind-effect which successfully delivered an enclosed area, that still looked and felt open. Scribble walls were also an effective concept with clear glass and sliding whiteboard walls.
Seating design edged towards agile working and offering efficiency in space. There was the option for both solo and collaborative work, with elegant curved sofas to informal stackable designs.
It’s the attention to detail that finished the looks and created the ambience of the space. Greenery was selectively placed within lighting, simple fabric sliders separated communal desks and the plant pots matched the table legs. The little extras made each area unique without being over-complicated.
It was a fantastic event in the heart and home of design. It was a pleasure to see a vast selection of new designs and we will be sure to visit again next year.