Last week was the annual London Design Festival – a series of events across the city celebrating and promoting design in the capital.
The CBS team were on the hunt for trends and inspiration, taking in the 100% Design at Olympia, Designjunction 2015 and meeting suppliers to see what’s new in their circles.
100% Design has the only dedicated workplace show in the UK, so as you can imagine this was top of our list to visit. This exhibit covers the full spectrum of commercial design, from seating and desking, to electronic innovations and sustainable workplace solutions.
Our top takeaway from 100% Design was colour, in fact this was the theme of the show ‘Design In Colour’. No more monotone corporate interiors instead we saw some clever and inspiring use of colour varying from utilising a whole spectrum of colour, to limited colour themes combined with natural materials and surfaces.
Playfulness and company culture are another clear theme in office interiors with many innovative solutions for making the workplace environment a ‘fun’ space to work.
Designjunction is held across two venues in Holborn, London. The College is housed in the former Central St Martins art school buildings and provides an interesting snapshot into emerging trends and products in the design world. We loved seeing lighting become an art installation in its own right, and the combination of polished metal integrated with raw, natural materials.
Meanwhile, down in the basement of Victoria House, there were over 50 design led pop-up shops, making it the best place to buy accessories and prints inspired by the latest trends.
In between events we took the opportunity to visit our friends at Orangebox. Having recently moved into new premises we were very keen to see what they had done with the space, and an invitation to lunch was not to be missed!
As you might expect from a commercial seating company, the office has some awesome space and seating solutions on show. We particularly liked the Cwtch (Welsh for hug) that can be used to create private spaces within a busy office environment, as you can see from the photo below:
Finally any visitor to central London interested in design should take a trip to Covent Garden to see Heartbeat by Charles Pétillon. This installation of 100,000 white balloons dominates the South Hall. Illuminated with gently pulsating light it is definitely worth a visit – and perhaps our design team may incorporate elements from this into their next lighting project!
Photo credit: Scott Anderson