Clerkenwell Design Week’s influential office trends for 2018

Clerkenwell Design Week is the highlight in the design calendar and gives a chance for designers and suppliers to showcase their innovative installations and products, highlighting the latest trends in design. The ninth edition of the event, saw works such as Pipe Line by Lou Corio Randall and the breathtaking installation designed by Swiss architect Stephan Huerlemann for Sky-Frame, entitled A Piece of Sky.

All the local resident design showrooms open their doors and provide a stimulating programme of events, workshops and product launches and our team have highlighted a round-up of things they were drawn to and their predications for what 2018 holds for design themes.

Lucy Northway Clerkenwell

What was your favourite product seen at Clerkenwell?
Frovi Relic, a product launched last year but has been reinvented with new finishes and a higher level allowing you to play with levels and create a focal point with hanging plants and lights.

What was trending this year?
Domestic trends continue to take over the workplace industry with lots of soft seating and shelving that wouldn’t look out of place in a living room, and the black Fenix that was everywhere last year has been replaced with charred timber for a much softer, tactile feel.

What are your predictions for trends to watch in the office space next year?
Seeing a lot less ‘typical’ bench desking as more companies want the agile, start-up look without the necessary culture change! Meeting tables have evolved to allow for multiple users to work at them full time and allow designers more creative freedom with finishes and colours. This removes the divider screens and creates a much more open look across the workspace.

What was your favourite product seen at Clerkenwell?
Graypants Chrona Series. Unusual that a light has such an impact but I think the whole team were huge fans of this collection.

What was your favourite showroom?
Frovi definitely had the best overall impact this year. Using materials to elevate their existing products and adding some new, exciting options in the third space realm.

What was trending this year?
Flexibility and adaptability was seen throughout. Products and furniture that could be used for more than one purpose was a common theme. This made for some great products as well as some that were very convoluted and over-designed.

Ben Lark Clerkenwell Trends

What are your predictions for trends to watch in the office space next year?
Flexibility will continue to be hugely important. A recent industry conference was highlighted how start-ups and small businesses no longer want 3 – 5 year leases, they are looking for co-working spaces where they can grow and shrink in a moment. Furniture choices and clever spatial design will be key to making this work.

Phil Green Clerkenwell Design Trends

What was your favourite product seen at Clerkenwell?
The Beach Hut from Frovi. There is so many soft seating booths on the market, its great to see something a bit different and adds a real talking point to the office!

What was trending this year?
Materials! New textures and colours on products have brought them to life in a different way.

What are your predictions for trends to watch on the office space next year?
Like the Beach Hut from Frovi, I hope to see more ‘fun’ elements brought into the office. We spend the majority of our lives in the workplace, let’s make it a space we enjoy being in!

What was your favourite product seen at Clerkenwell?
Callex Holland lights. Huge, decorative LED Edison bulbs that makes the bulb into the pendant itself!

What was trending this year?
Unusual lighting and diverse textures of furniture.

What are your predictions for trends to watch in the office space next year?
Out of the box and challenged collaboration areas, use of recycled materials.

Emily Wells Clerkenwell Design Pick
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What was your favourite product seen at Clerkenwell?
Bolon rugs. Bolon have been pushing the flooring boundaries and have now taken their woven vinyl technology to a new level with colourful, metallic rugs.

What was trending this year?
Integrated technology making it easier to stay connected and fully charged at all times – an important factor in an agile office! Slicker cable management means you don’t have to compromise on the overall look.

Across the board, designers at Clerkenwell Design Week provided new and creative pieces using innovative concepts, trend-inducing ideas and also saw a recurrent use of recycled materials. The thought-provoking spectacles on display are an inspiration for the creative nature we like to reflect in the design of our office spaces at CBS. We aim to transform every workspace into a place where people feel inspired to do remarkable things.

A softer more tactile feel and the idea of an open, inclusive office space is set to take over companies across the board this year. The removal of divider screens and the introduction of communal work benches will soon be the norm.

Frovi, being the overall stand-out exhibitor, seems to have brought their design and production of furniture for the corporate workplace to a new level. With inspiration from Scandinavian styles and a British workforce, Frovi provides innovative solutions to workplace furniture problems. Using materials to elevate their existing products and adding some new, exciting options in the third space realm, they are set to be a heavy influence on the work of CBS this year.

With the tenth Anniversary of Clerkenwell Design Week coming up next year, we expect there to be more on offer and look forward to the same exciting creativity, which we can then replicate in our work and showcase in workspaces throughout the UK.

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2018-06-26T13:52:25+00:00June 26th, 2018|