Last week, London was host to two annual design events: 100% Design and designjunction.
Part of the London Design Festival, which takes place every year, both events are attended by over 27,000 visitors. 100% Design is the largest and longest-running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK and showcases a range of interior, workplace and design & build offerings. designjunction is a curated show of cutting-edge interior design for the industry by the industry set in challenging industrial spaces and attended by professionals and consumers who wish to discover new trends, meet new brands and buy new products
In this week’s blog we summarise our visit to both events, highlighting the new trends, products and features that really caught our eye as well as sharing our thoughts on the presentations and talks that we attended.
Taking place at the Grand Hall in Olympia, we visited 100% Design a few times over the 4-day’s it was open, attending various talks as well as walking the exhibition. The event focuses on a mixture of interior, workplace, and design & build, with sections of the exhibition floor dedicated to each of these areas. Overall, we felt that many of the trends and products on display were very similar to last year. Key trends that dominated throughout the entire exhibition were natural and light wooden materials, ‘scandy’ style furniture, oversized lighting and Edison bulbs.
Within the workplace section of the exhibition, there was a focus on ergonomics, wellbeing and biophilia, with a number of exhibitors showcasing monitor arms, sit-stand desks, ergonomic chairs, living walls and natural elements on their stands.
We particularly loved the Nookpod by Nook. It is beautifully compact but feels like you have everything you need to hand at the same time.
We also liked some of the other pod products on display with built-in glass doors that did a sufficient job of soundproofing without making you feel disconnected with the wider environment.
There were some impressive lighting products on display and we particularly appreciated the light screen, textured leather and leather tiles for the depth of texture they would add the workplace environment.
Set in the thriving and bustling area of Kings Cross, designjunction featured a range of pop-up and interactive experiences as well as bespoke installations alongside their curated selection of brands. The overall feel of designjunction was busy, buzzy and there were lots of things to see.
There seemed to be a lot of unique products from foreign studios on display, such as the Uruguay light.
Similar to 100% Design, we noticed the trend towards natural finishes and wooden items of furniture. The workplace items were highly stylised, to be used both in the workplace or home offices.
The furniture on display tended to sit in 3 camps – tubular metal, pale wood and organic shapes, we loved:
– Functional acoustic panels – lighting or notice boards
– Big focus on heavily patterned fabrics
– LED lights, changeable furniture, 3D surfaces
We love getting out of the office and attending events, which can feed the imagination and connect us with our industry, seeding new ideas and keeping us at the forefront of innovation for the workplace. Our next stop is Workplace Trends in October. Are you going? If so, let us know, we’d love to catch up.
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