Office interiors trends – what’s new from Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell Design Week is in it’s 10th year and offers a great opportunity for us to view new products, look out for emerging trends and generally get inspired by the creative atmosphere.

The festival brochure describes Clerkenwell as home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.

This was certainly in evidence during our visit with such a wide array of open showrooms, new product launches, exhibitions and installations. The great weather, street food stalls and local bars and restaurants all joining in made for an exciting festival feel to the day.

The main exhibition areas offered some interesting and exciting spaces to visit, from churches and chapels to an old prison and a world famous nightclub.

Amongst the wide and varied choice of furniture, lighting, flooring, accessories and materials on show at Clerkenwell Design Week we spotted a number of trends:

Eco Materials

We saw a number of different ways companies are making their products more eco-friendly and sustainable from the type of materials use through to the manufacturing method.

  • Post-consumer content – Almost exclusive use of recycled and recyclable materials such as cardboard, PET bottles, sawdust and recycled tires.
  • Third generation product – Use of material which starts as PET bottles, recycled into exhibition carpets then recycled again into products such as acoustic panels.
  • 3D Printing – Allows companies to only manufacture what is needed in the most efficient way, materials used can be bio-based or recycled and the production process streamlined towards zero waste.
  • Carbon Footprint – Analysis of production processes and internal systems demonstrated as a way for manufacturers to become carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle.

Use of plants

We have commented before about the use of plants in office design and the benefit it can have on the well being of workers. This was a noticeable trend at Clerkenwell ranging from simple solutions furniture with built in planters to creating living walls of plants within office spaces.

Products like the Naava Green Wall offer a way to bring nature inside with added mood enhancing and air purification benefits.

Pods

We have recognised that our clients are increasingly moving to more open plan office environments to promote collaboration, flexibility and relationship building. We have reflected this in our range of mobile ThinkingWalls and whiteboard partitions.

Another trend well suited to open plan offices are standalone cubicles and privacy pods. We saw a wide range of these at Clerkenwell in a range of different sizes, styles, designs and materials.

They offer increased privacy and a room within a room, primarily using acoustic material to create enclosed meeting spaces and quiet zones within open areas.

 

Some of our favourite products were:

Haberdashery Dawn to Dusk light

Vantage Spaces Green Walls

Pixel by Bene

Luum Bangle LED

 

Logovisual have previously supplied whiteboard panels for our London office, so when we needed whiteboards for a room at our head office we got in touch. The end result looks good – many thanks.

ADRIAN SHAH-CUNDY, VOLKER WESSELLS

All looks fantastic thank you!!
The guys were a pleasure to meet and it was all so hassle free.

CHARLOTTE WALTERS, TUNGSTEN NETWORK

Commissioned Logovisual to design and install a folding wall in one of our technology rooms. Both our company and the NHS Trust were absolutely delighted with the installation a first for all.

PETER SALT, IMMERSIVE

Clear and prompt communication throughout and a very smooth installation process. Nothing was too hard. Highly recommended!

TRACEY COVE, STEVENS & COVE

Excellent, high quality product, purchased after wise advice and installed quickly by friendly installers. Perfect product for our meeting room needs.

MIA ELLIOTT, DIOCESE OF GUILDFORD

The board looks great! And I’d like to say your installers were absolutely fantastic, so friendly, organised and cleaned up.

JESS MARTIN, VAYNERMEDIA

Logovisual really understood our brief and made some great suggestions to make our designs come to life. They helped us bring a child’s game from a small tin to a life size piece of experiential, for us to take in to store at John Lewis. Everyone loved it. Thank you guys.

TAMARA SPURWAY, WILD & WOLF

As a product, they really provide a varied functionality to aid in our brainstorming and project works. These mobile whiteboards have really been an excellent investment and are immensely popular with our staff.

SEBASTIAN FRANCIS-JONES, C SPACE

The whole process from start to finish was excellent and the final product was second to none. Highly recommend Logovisual and the team and will be using them again very soon for the next project.

LYNNE BRODA, OXFORD CARTOGRAPHERS

The install was fab the guys were excellent and we all love the wall, so much in fact we are thinking of future projects including them. Once again can’t thank you enough for a great thorough service.

ZOE HARRIS, CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

Logovisual had as I believed to be the simplest and hassle free job on the project, install of white boards. They were in and out within 3 hours, a job well done!

THE PROJECT TEAM, OVERBURY PLC

The product itself is superbly built and easy to manoeuvre around with the attached wheels. From the office team’s communication before our event to the delivery team’s installation and pickup I found everyone to be really helpful and very professional going out of their way to meet our deadlines. I would certainly recommend logovisual.

SHAUN O’HARA, SAATCHI & SAATCHI WELLNESS

We were looking for a new “canvas” to share information and encourage joint thinking. The Thinking Wall turned out to be the perfect solution. There’s room to be expansive and for things to have real impact. The service we received right from our first enquiry, to installation (very fast, very painless) has been excellent.

STEPHEN CROWE, SCOTTISH FUNDING COUNCIL

We were pleased with the high level of customer service, our order was dealt with quickly and efficiently and we are thrilled with the finished product. The custom whiteboards that are exactly as we had envisaged them.

STEVE CROSTHWAITE, HOTSPUR PRIMARY SCHOOL

Just wanted to thank you again for your help, had a small amount of feedback from our client: Whiteboards are superb. Even better than expected!

LEE, IDEA UK DESIGN & MARKETING