Rocket goes to Clerkenwell Design Week!

Clerkenwell is a beautiful area of Islington, in central London, and has been a hub for design for many years. It’s home to more architects and creative businesses per square mile than anywhere else in the world, making it a must-see destination for creative minds everywhere. Clerkenwell Design Week has been running for 7 years, and aims to showcase both famous and less well-known brands, both international and from the UK. They’re presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and unique installations.

As a company that specialises in commercial fit-outs & refurbishments, we at Rocket Projects were focusing on flooring, lighting, office furniture and workplace solutions, like acoustics. The first place we visited was Lee & Plumpton, an office furniture manufacturer based in Norfolk. They had some great insights on current and up and coming trends, including a distinct move back to more textured wood-effect desk surfaces. This seems to be a result of staff working more on laptops & tablets and less on paper, so bumpy surfaces are no longer a concern. They also introduced the idea of moving away from the use of bright white, and instead moving to softer off-white variations, which work better with wooden tones.

We moved on to flooring experts Desso, who have recently been taken over by Tarkett, enabling us to see two lots of products in one place! They had some really great products on display, including a range of two-tone carpets that fade into another colour. These are super versatile, and could be used to make a block colour look more gentle, or to provide subtle pops of colour in a commercial space. Another stand out product was their range with LED lights installed underneath the carpet, projecting any shape, word or picture onto the floor from beneath. I can see it being popular in airports and reception areas, to guide visitors to different departments, or to give instructions.

Desso were sharing their showroom space with Fusion Glazing Systems, who had installed some of their acoustic-rated door systems downstairs. The systems can use sliding or hinged doors, and are good for meeting spaces and individual offices due to their sound-blocking abilities.

After a yummy lunch at The Slaughtered Lamb pub, we headed to Screen Solutions, who took us around their showroom full of acoustic solutions. They make bespoke meeting pods and individual booths/pods for conference calls and quiet work, and use a combination of ceiling tiles and screens to achieve a comfortable working environment.

 A few doors down was the Clerkenwell Design Hub, which was home to several big brands that we were interested in. Creatif are similar to Screen Solutions, but provide sliding/folding walls with acoustic materials built in. They come in many colours and styles, and can be created to your individual specifications. They also create meeting & study pods which can be tailored to a company’s needs, and can be fitted with screens and whiteboards. We also got to chat to the guys from Vtec Group, an office furniture manufacturer based in Suffolk. They create desk systems & stylish ergonomic seating for the modern office.

We had a peek at the ‘Additions’ and ‘House of Culture’ exhibitions and found some amazing lighting & furniture products to inspire our projects.

A good day was had by all, and we found so many great products to start incorporating into our designs, but you definitely need more than a day to take in all the incredible brands and designers that populate this little piece of Central London paradise.