Paramount at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018: Part 1

The annual trip to Clerkenwell Design Week is always a highlight for the team at Paramount. This year, in particular, there were even more members of the sales and design team representing the business in EC1.

Here’s the first in our series of blogs where our Paramount People share their highlights of #CDW2018 and look at the office design trends appearing at the UK’s leading independent design festival.

Helen’s CDW 2018 Highlights

How I look forward to this time every year with a build-up of sheer anticipation in the weeks preceding. A chance to meet up with familiar faces. An opportunity to make new connections. And most importantly the time to be creatively inspired by the vast array of new product on display.

This year was no exception.

The sales and design teams split up into two mixed groups and oh yes, we had a strategy. We had planned ahead and worked out our routes so that we could make the most of our time, allowing both teams to not only visit those we already knew but in the hope that we would also discover something new to add to our offering.

And it didn’t take long before Carl and I discovered the manufacturer ob&b located in the Design Fields exhibition.

a photograph featuring a range of furniture by manufacturer obandb

A boutique contract company, in the past ob&b, has mainly dealt with the hotel, leisure and retail side of the market but they are looking to work with companies who specialise in creating workplace environments. The office furniture on display felt luxurious and the designs, unique. The copper finish on the legs and upholstery detailing was just beautiful.

Across the opposite side of Clerkenwell, we found the Light exhibition. The further you ventured into the building the darker and more intriguing it became.

a collage of three photos depicting the Light Exhibition at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

a collage of three photos depicting the Light Exhibition at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

Down in the basement, there were a number of companies displaying lighting to be used very much as a feature. One of them, Naomi Paul, creates luminaires that are crocheted. The large structures combined with the delicate effect caused by the light highlighting the metallicised yarn was absolutely stunning.

an image of different crocheted light fixtures by artisan lighting designer Naomi Paul

Jon’s CDW 2018 Highlights

This year we enjoyed another successful and engaging trip to Clerkenwell Design Week.

In fact, it was probably our biggest company attendance for years, with members from all teams attending.

As well as visiting many of our regular furniture partners and suppliers, including Connection, Frovi, Steelcase, Spacestor, and Kinnarps, CDW is always a fantastic opportunity to visit new showrooms & suppliers and see different products.

The sun always seems to be out at Clerkenwell Design Week and this year was the same.

Dipping in and out of showrooms and exhibitions, we left the sun-soaked streets for a moment to enter the darker, underground Light exhibition which showcased many manufacturers specialising in detail fittings and feature lighting.

a range of different lighting effects in an underground exhibition room

In the darkened environment the emphasis was strongly on the light and its effect with each light displayed carefully in an exhibition-like setting.

Moving from light and lighting effects we continued our tour and a stop at Vicalvi to see some ambitious designs for floor and wall tiles.

a collage of 2 images featuring a light fixture and wall and floor tiles by designer Vicalvi

Pods, phonebooth, quiet booths…whatever name they are given there were plenty on display this year with Spacestor, Boss, Abstracta and Framery all presenting their versions.

a collage of 2 images featuring pods and phone booths by designer Abstracta

The rise of open plan and collaborative spaces may have furthered the need for people to have some serious quiet space to speak and think and so booths certainly seemed to be the solution this year at CDW, even more so than in previous years.

a photo of a wall graphic featuring an image of a mobile phone with a line through it

Lastly, while at showrooms or on the streets in-between I noticed that street art, graffiti and graphically-illustrated facts were visible throughout; a potential growing trend to help communicate information and display art to the public.

a photo of a building covered in graffiti depicting a busy cityscape in the rain

We’ll be sharing more of our Clerkenwell Design Week Blogs from the Paramount team soon.

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