The Clerkenwell area of London is home to the world’s largest concentration of architects, design practices and furniture showrooms so it’s no surprise that Clerkenwell Design Week is the UK’s leading independent design show. It’s a great atmosphere in one of the most characterful areas of our great capital city. Now in its 6th year, the furniture and flooring showrooms throw open their doors for a festival of fabulous design. Our Sales team and Designers were right at the heart of this year’s event checking out the latest office interior trends. There’s always so much on display it can be overwhelming but hopefully we can give you a feel for what’s on trend and give our top picks to inspire you with your office design. The design show is a great event to attend to gain inspiration for your workspace furniture ideas.
Designers are still hugely influenced by the concept of biophilia, the deep affiliation humans have with other life forms and nature, and this was in evidence at Clerkenwell as bringing the outside inside permeated the whole show.
Picnic benches for the office, mainly for Breakout areas are great fun and a perfect way to bring the outside in. The Hopper from Extremis, Jennifer Newman’s A Frame and Dare Studios were among our favourites this year. However, in a neat twist Buzzispace also make the Buzzibreeze, a metal framed outdoor workstation designed to look like a picnic bench, thus bringing the inside outside.
Natural and sustainable materials were everywhere as were patterns inspired by nature. A great example of this is Buzzispace’s Buzzifalls which are acoustic panels to hang on the wall or act as dividers. We loved the leaf and tree patterns (but also thought the city skyline was pretty cool too!)
Clerkenwell Design Week really bought into bringing the inside outside this year with this cool outdoor seating display area in the Cloister Garden at the Order of St John.
Wood is Good!
However human replication of natural patterns and textures can’t compete with the beauty of the real thing. Wood is the ultimate workspace furniture material with its durability, tactile quality, the natural random pattern of its grain and its patina. It was hugely popular this year in all its states, from raw and unfinished state to stained effects that really show off the grain to painted wood.
Solid chunks of wood are another key design trend this year too as seen with these wooden stool blocks from Vitamin Design.
This amazing table from Benchmark was one of our favourite pieces as it has a real timeless quality. Rather than squaring off the edges like many of the manufacturers we saw, the designer has let the natural contours of the wood sing!
A wide variety of wooden stools was on display giving a homely almost rustic look to the workplace reflecting the trend to bring the domestic into the office. James Burleigh’s Magnus stools and Buzzispace’s Milk stools were great examples of this. Many mainstream manufacturers are now offering wooden leg options for seating and tables that would have previously been metal.
CBS have long been championing spiritual, emotional and health related benefits of plants in the office and in keeping with the theme of bringing the outside in, real and artificial plants were extremely popular at Clerkenwell this year.
These sky planters from Boskke (seen here at the Farmiloe Building) are a funky way to have a space saving indoor garden in your office. They’re real plants with a disc over the opening to stop you getting a soil shower!
For those who don’t want the maintenance of the real thing, artificial plants were also in abundance – we loved these Mini Foresti lights from Japanese designers Di Classe whose intricate leaf design casts soft shadows when lit.
So hopefully this has given you a taste of what was on offer at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 and maybe whetted your appetite to visit there yourself next year. We’re looking forward to incorporating these trends and products into our office interior designs. So give us a call on 01344 290290 or visit our website for more information.