Clerkenwell Design Week, held this year from the 23rd-25th May, is well recognised as the UK’s leading independent design festival. This year, the Blue Jelly team joined over 34,000 attendees and 300 exhibiting brands to sample the best of UK and international creativity in the sector. Below we cover some of our highlights, specifically from an office design and refurbishment angle.
Some would say that this year just wasn’t the same without the famous Farmiloe Building, and to a certain extent it wasn’t, but the new show spaces at the Detail Building, British Collection, Platform, Project and others were brilliant, with no queues and linking many of the showrooms and other sites.
When it came to hospitality there was a great variety on offer this year including hotdogs at Desso, pool with Artworks, nettle cocktails at Boss and gourmet catering at Brunner (best catering), and a new one ‘Lollygagging’, inspired by the verb ‘lollygag’, meaning to recline or lean in a relaxed manner!
Frovi took on a country fair theme to reflect their origins in the Cotswolds.
The Huddle booth took on a shed appearance to become 'Huddle Shed Rustic'.
Below: The Frovi showroom featured twee bird boxes on the wall and the new high back seating 'Hide' – a new take on high back swivel or mobile focused seating.
Komac’s new Myriad modular seating impressed with its flexibility, versatility, design and massive selection of components. A fabulous look and a great new take on the old Raft.
Camira’s new Synergy fabric offered a lighter weight alternative to a previous favourite, Blazer.
The launch of 'Rooms' gave Connections first offering of cellular spaces and room division – stylish timber finishes and cladding.
The Dixi range has been extended with some great new pieces...
Centro, the table and seating range for project meetings and collaborative working, has extended into Ping Pong!
Overall the team agreed that Connection's showroom was the most innovative this year, with the largest number of new and interesting products.
Herman Miller followed other manufacturers to Clerkenwell for the first time, to launch the new multi-faceted Keyn chair that fits well with any of their task chair ranges. Richard Stevens and Joohee Lee are the designers behind the new chair. Richard can be seen proudly showcasing his new addition below.
Allermuir launched some interesting new acoustic orbs and sticks in Baudot String and Zero.
The lighting exhibition in the church was a very clever location choice for showcasing these wacky, inspiring products!
Overall this year's Clerkenwell Design Week offered an impressive showcase of raw creative talent from both UK and international businesses and architects, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.
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