TREND-MONITOR went trend-spotting at 100% Design in Olympia London which was held between 20 – 23 September 2016 to assess the latest trends coming out of the design industry.
As the largest and longest running design trade show, 100% Design is a key event for industry professionals in the UK and takes place each year in Olympia London. First staged in 1995, the show is the commercial cornerstone of the London Design Festival, with over 27,000 visitors to the show across the 4 days in September. A diverse audience of architects, designers, specifiers, retailers and developers visit the show, as well as multi-national companies looking to source directly for their latest projects.
Here’s what we spotted ….
1. MODULAR ME
‘Modular’ has been a buzz-word in office spaces for many years and 100% Design was displaying it’s fair share of modular applications. So what’s new about modular? It’s moving out of the office and into the home with new stylish modular innovations which make the most of our smaller living spaces, flexible working arrangements and the increasing upmarket rental opportunities.
The Concept Kitchen by Naber shows how a kitchen can be mobile; no longer tied to one room but moving and re-configured in different areas of the home and garden, and also coming with you when relocating to a new home. With 10 different modules to choose from, a few basic modules can be purchased to start with and expanded on later.
Box15, a new exhibitor at 100% Design this year, has extended their office range into interiors with pull out kitchen tables, sliding breakfast bars and elegant room dividers/shelving systems.
Even one of the bars at 100% Design was modular. The Materials Cloud Bar was designed by Studio Glowacka, with specialist fabricators 2MZ, taking inspiration from modular toys that were popular in the 1970’s, which interlocked to provide shapes and structures.
As open-plan offices become the norm, the lack of privacy has become one of the most frustrating elements of our work environment. As the amount of noise in our offices becomes a stressful issue for many workers, the answer has come in the shape of cocoons and pods, which allow privacy for one-to-one meetings and an escape from interruptions for focused work, all within an open-plan office space.
3. TEXTURED TOUCH POINTS
Texture on surfaces been a rising trend in interiors for the past couple of years and now we are seeing texture being added to touch points such as kitchen handles, door hardware and bathroom brassware.
4. VERTICAL STATEMENTS
From laser-cut acoustic felt screens to geometric concrete cladding, vertical statements were everywhere at 100% Design, making decorative panels one of the key trends to look out for in 2017. Using texture to add interest, designers are playing with materials and using them in different contexts to create strong directional focal points within office, commercial and domestic spaces.