Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 review

Every year I have considered going down to London for the Clerkenwell Design Week, a 3 day event featuring the best of office furniture design being shown in showrooms all based in the Clerkenwell area of London. Well this year I took the plunge. After my colleague Sally had taught me how to use the 'Train' app (fab by the way and well worth downloading) I caught the train from Market Harborough down to St. Pancras and then one stop on the tube down to Farringdon. From there it was a short walk to my first stop, the Verco showroom.

 

We have dealt with Verco for many years so they made me feel very welcome. Nick Brown showed me around their cool looking showroom with black walls and floor. Impressive new products were the Box-it landscape (shown below), a modular soft seating range that may be linked together to make shapes that can accommodate any space that you have available, making it ideal for breakout spaces and reception areas. Also brand new was the Flux chair which they had kept very quiet. A cool looking mesh back chair with an upholstered seat, slim profile and black base it immediately caught my eye. It is soon to be available at a very low price point. Worth looking out for and I think a couple will be finding their way to my office! 

          

Next stop was the Frovi showroom. Full of very vibrant colours, they have a couple of standout products. First is the 'Shed' (shown below), a meeting hub consisting of two high back sofas with a linking panel and a sloped tiled roof to top them off. Very distinctive and unique. Another product I liked was the Ilk chair available as a high or low backed lounge chair which we are seeing dotted around offices nowadays. 

 

 

Following stops at Viasit, Buzzi Space, Clarke Rendall, Connection and Spacestor, along with a look at a few of the exhibitions around the area, I ended up at Camira Fabrics who were situated in a very cool looking basement showroom. Amongst their new fabrics is a range called Individuo which features a graduated colour appearance which means that no two areas of the fabric are the same, making your seating look more dynamic, random and unique. I had better warn some of my clients before they order this! 



 

After all that I was ready to catch the train back to sunny Leicestershire and put my feet up.