CDW has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s leading design festivals over the past 7 years. Home to more creative business and architects per square mile, Clerkenwell has quickly established itself as one of the most world renowned design hubs in the world. Many of our core supplier’s showrooms are based here, allowing us to gain invaluable insight into what shape offices will take next year and how quickly our ways of working will evolve.
Here are some of our favourite pieces; trends and colours schemes that we think will take over next year!
Meeting room pods
We like to think that we loved informal meeting room pods before they were cool. As well as the traditional meeting room coming back with a vengeance, this year’s CDW saw these ingenious little spaces explode into the market, with almost every showroom offering a way to break up and prevent excessive noise in open plan office environments.
We have a real soft spot for the new Wunderwall screen system meeting pods. Unveiled at Clerkenwell, these soft meeting pods remind us of our beloved Brighton beach huts. This highly diverse, free-standing booth system can be dissembled and relocated in under an hour making it perfect for an ever-changing workspace and a great alternative to an expensive permanent structure.
We have also fallen in love with the new Room wall system. Rooms is a flexible alternative to permanent walls, designed to create informal & formal workspace solutions to meet, socialise, focus & collaborate. Not only creating visually attractive interior architecture, the rooms system also possesses acoustic properties that can instantly change the noise levels in the office.
This year’s festival solidified the point that office storage needn’t be boring! With the rise of hot desking and agile working, offices are quickly finding themselves running out of storage space. Instead of the traditional personal, under desk pedestal we think that next year will focus on large shared units with secure individual storage spaces. Now available in a variety of metallic and wood finishes, the new ranges of storage that we have spotted also make excellent dividers without the need for partitioning.
(1)Combi Store (2)Geta
Essential Built in Power Sockets
Every piece that we eyed at Clerkenwell seemed to have some sort of build in power supply. With the office evolving to have more touchdown spaces, people need somewhere to plug-in their laptops, charge their phones, and even convert their meeting table into a co-working space (without the inevitable tripping hazards. We even saw lamps with phone chargers built-in. This proves very handy, and also hides unsightly cables. We predict that build in charging points will be everywhere by this time next year.
With rising office costs breakout spaces are often the first thing to be sacrificed. Important for staff wellbeing, we believe that a good break out room should be squeezed in no matter what its shape or size to give people the chance to step away from their screens, eat together or collaborate.
If you have a small team, we suggest making this space multifunctional. We often use our breakout space as a secondary informal meeting room to gather in and share our ideas. If you’re strapped for space we would suggest a clever stacking system chair paired with a flip table. We also spotted a very clever table from IdeaPaint even served as a multipurpose table and whiteboard!
(1)IdeaPaint Flip Top (2)Lily stacking
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