Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 Highlights: Part 2 – Madison’s blog

This year, the sales and workplace design teams made their annual trip to the always-inspiring Clerkenwell Design Week.

We asked our Paramount People to share the office design trends they spotted at CDW 2019.

Here are the highlights from our Workplace Designer, Madison.

Madison’s CDW 2019 Highlights

After visiting Clerkenwell Design Week for the first time last year, it has been something I’ve been looking forward to going back to all year!

Before heading to Clerkenwell, I read my previous blog to remind myself of everything I had seen at CDW 2018.

Last year I wrote about patterns and plants making appearances throughout a few of the showrooms. And this year was no exception.

A photo of a woman in fur patterned high-heel shoes standing on black and white patterned tiles

Bold, bright and tactile

More showrooms followed the pattern-heavy trend and were choosing bolder, brighter and more textured fabrics, giving the furniture on display new dimensions.

I particularly loved the number of quilted fabrics I saw at Clerkenwell.

Tactile furniture like this instantly adds a touch of luxury to a working environment, which is why you see it used a lot in the hospitality sector.

The Ocee Touch bench with Febrik Summit upholstery was a great example.

Art Deco everywhere!

This year, I found that I was seeing some subtle art deco influences throughout our time in London.

I saw touches of it in everything from the furniture and fabric choices to the lighting on display, including Bolia’s new Orb pendant.

It was even evident in the restaurant where we ate!

Guided by the light

I set myself the challenge to find something new and exciting, and I’m pleased to say I did!

I actually found two examples and they both turned out to be lighting solutions.

Firstly, Synergy Lighting showed us their new Liquet transparent LED feature pendant. You can see it here, being controlled by a phone app.

The second was from a company called Applelec who had a new take on letter signage.

From a distance, their NeonLux signs looked just like a neon sign but it was, in fact, faux neon LED signage which had such a nice finish to it.

CDW2019 was as inspiring as ever and I can’t wait to use the trends and ideas that I’ve seen here.

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