Clerkenwell Design Festival
We were so excited to attend Clerkenwell Design Week following the success of previous years, and the 2017 event certainly didn’t disappoint. With the sun shining brightly, the atmosphere was fun, friendly and buzzing for all things creative and design related.
Running over three days and in its eighth year, the event showcased London’s most innovative and creative design, held in one of London’s main design hubs. Clerkenwell, home to over 200 creative businesses and architects, is London’s liveliest design quarter. According to Clerkenwell’s organisers:
“Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world”.
This was a perfect event for us at Office Image to attend as many studios/ showrooms would be displaying their newest ranges of furniture, fittings and equipment, and the programme included everything from talks, workshops and exhibitions.
Let’s talk about some of our highlights:
Desso and Tarkett
After having a good look around the Desso Showroom (and of course enjoying their delicious Grazing spread), we sat down to the panel event with Design Journalist, Katie Treggiden, and industry experts from Trifle, onOffice magazine and the UK Green Building Council where they discussed ‘Designing for wellbeing in the workplace: how can designers create workplaces for conflicting modes and needs. This was a discussion not to be missed for us as we focus on the subject of wellbeing in the workplace quite often in our blogs and on social media.
The panel discussed individual employees as being either introvert, extrovert or ambivert and suggested that the workplace should offer a range of different spaces that accommodate your personality which we couldn’t agree more on. So for example, having a ‘quiet area’ for people who need a quiet break away from their desk and time to reflect and brainstorm. Or, maybe a common area where people can bounce ideas back and forth and promote feedback.
Some great products from Kvdrat Soft Cells, Vitra, Boss Design, Buzzi Space and Bene...
We were excited to see what Orangebox had to offer and wanted to attend the talk by Nathan Hurley about ‘Realising Smartworking’ which looked at flexible and collaborative working. He looked at how businesses can connect people and how to create a workspace that encourage energy, flow, productivity and effortless engagement. For this there are four ideas:
- The rise of the liquid workforce - how can we be flexible and fluid?
- The balance between:
Privacy – migrating into open place/ collaborative spaces
Permission – does everyone in the business want to go on this journey?
Proximity – Understanding relationships between spaces and furniture (Space planning)
- Controlled attention:
- Stimulus driven attention, switching from one to another
- Rejuvenation and reflection, seeking respite from concentrated work
- Enabling high performance team – structure, experience, support and shared mindset