Clerkenwell Office Trends for 2017

When it comes to Office design, Clerkenwell in the Borough of Islington has created quite a reputation for itself. With more architects and creative businesses per square mile than anywhere else on the planet the area in central London has become a major hub in the design world. In May of this year the Clerkenwell Design Week came to a close and here are some of the trend setting ideas we garnered from the exhibition that could be a huge influence on your future office design.

Breakout Spaces

The first trend we noticed at Clerkenwell was the growing need for staff breakout spaces. A good break out room where office workers can move away from their desks, get together to discuss and even eat together can be essential for staff wellbeing. For small teams a multi-functional room with a system of stacking chairs and fold-away tables is ideal. Important is the design colours are kept bright and cheerful, and an option for privacy can sometimes also be helpful.

 

Storage Space

The Clerkenwell exhibition proved once again that office space doesn't have to be boring. And with flexible working modules and 'hot desks' becoming more and more popular, storage can be a problem. Next year will see the traditional 'under the desk' pedestal options gradually disappear and be replaced by larger, shared units with secure spaces provided for individual workers. Clerkenwell's exciting array of wood and metallic finishes would also make great room dividers and eliminate the need for those cumbersome partitions.

 

Meeting Pods

Informal meeting pods are set to become an 'everyday' facility in tomorrow's office space. Almost every showroom at the Clerkenwell Designer Week featured delightful tiny spaces with ingenious methods for breaking up and even preventing excessive noise in the open plan environment. Also big on the Design Week agenda were the new movable wall systems. These flexi walls in attractive designs are able to create both formal and informal work spaces in different places and of various sizes in under an hour. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life!

 

Built-In Power Supply

Almost every piece shown at Clerkenwell came with some kind of built-in power supply. And we can understand why. Touchdown spaces are growing in popularity and office workers need spaces where they can sit down, plug in and get to work. Think lamps with incorporated phone chargers and you're on the right track.

 

Clerkenwell Design Week was created to showcase some of the finest UK and International brands and to give companies an opportunity to take part in a series of showroom events, special installations and top notch exhibitions. CDW has made a name as the leading festival of independent design in the UK. The 2016 exhibition attracted over 34.000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors. 2017 will be the 8th year and i9f the standard of the past seven years is anything to go by, the Clerkenwell Design Week is all set to get simply better and better!

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