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7 Key Workplace Design Trends & Highlights from CDW19

30 May, 2019

With another inspiring CDW now behind us, we have reviewed some of the main workplace design highlights and trends for 2019. The design team at Anchorpoint are looking forward to embracing many new products and design concepts, as we continue to reinvigorate workspaces throughout the UK.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

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. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Celebrating its 10th year in May 2019 (21-23) the award-winning CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. In 2018, the design community flocked to Clerkenwell with 34,060 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands.

(Source: https://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/visit/)

CDW19 Highlights

The ‘Free Range’ Office

As workers, we were encouraged to compare ourselves to chickens – is it better to be a free range or a battery hen? As office environments become more agile and activity based, this is an interesting way for our clients to consider their approach to office layout and design.

Sustainability

There was a real focus on reclaimed and recycled materials, with a number of manufacturers showing reclaimed materials in their raw state, not hidden behind a ‘finished’ material.

Virtual Reality

VR was used by many manufacturers to showcase product. It is an extremely powerful tool that we can offer our clients.

Workplace Design Trends

Wellness & Selfcare

There was a greater focus on creating spaces within the work environment for wellness and selfcare. These spaces were often presented alongside biophilic design which continues to be a major trend, with manufacturers showcasing space dividers and furniture integrating plants.

Movement

Products designed to promote body movement were well represented, e.g. meeting chairs with a rocking base.

Natural and high quality materials

There was a focus on natural and reclaimed materials with a tactile quality, i.e. rough sawn timber and burnished metal.

Pastel Colours

Colours appeared less saturated, i.e. denim blue / olive green / burgundy, etc.

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