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.
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
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
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!
that I was ready to catch the train back to sunny Leicestershire and put my