Tradeshow and Events: Spring 2022 Highlights

After a pandemic related hiatus from IRL events, the past few months we’ve seen exhibitions, tradeshows and design festivals make a strong return for Spring 2022. Since March we have been attending a variety of events, discovering exciting new designers and gathering inspiration as an integral part of our seasonal trend research.

Here we break down our Spring tradeshow and events highlights from the last few months and observe the commercial application of TrendBible’s 2 year ahead forecasts, sharing the strongest themes (inclusive of colour, motif, material and finish) that were evidenced for the future of life at home.

London Craft Week: The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop

London Craft Week (9-15th May) was centred around celebrating outstanding British and international creativity. The Conran Shop made its mark on the event with an electrifying collaboration with LG Electronics and multidisciplinary artist Yinka Ilori.

What We Saw:

Entitled ‘Forest of Eyes’ each window hosts TV screens reimagined with eye-shaped timber boxes, mirrored floors and an abundance of other smaller timber eyes to further enhance the forest feel in a vivid array of colours.

 Our Key Highlight:

“The Yinka Ilori X LG pop up at The Conran Shop was a celebration of contemporary craft, exploring how digital design is bringing a revived movement to the industry. The high octane colour and playful aesthetic of Ilori’s work echos the shift towards joyful, mood-boosting design.”

Wendy Lowe, Home & Interiors Trend Editor

Oliver Heath’s Biophilic Home

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The TrendBible Team recently attended the opening of sustainable and wellbeing designer Oliver Heath’s Healthy Home Pop Up at Westfield White City, London (19th May – 22nd May).

What We Saw:

Oliver Heath Studio have curated a biophilic designed home pop-up space, to showcase their research and inspire visitors to design their homes with sustainability and wellness in mind. The pop-up space and exhibition demonstrated how elements such as lighting, air quality, colour and natural materials can impact our holistic health at home.

 Our Key Highlight:

“This ‘shoppable’ exhibition was a fantastic way to get consumers thinking about how they can make their homes healthier, using simple, affordable, and effective changes to echo a growing focus on holistic wellbeing at home.”

Wendy Lowe, Home & Interiors Trend Editor

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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On 24th May the TrendBible team attended The Chelsea Flower Show, showcasing a range of designers and installations exploring and celebrating all things garden and outdoors.

 What We Saw:

This year’s installations looked to anchor and ground visitors in a very real and tactile world, engaging all the senses after prolonged periods indoors and on screen. Designers and brands worked in harmony with nature rather than attempting to restrain and retrain plant life’s natural forms and growing patterns.

Our Key Highlight:

“Tony Woods from Garden Club London collaborated with Koto, an architectural and design studio, to create a tranquil and sensory indoor and outdoor space to relax and unwind. The Potting Balcony Garden, designed by William Murray, celebrated small spaces and the importance of seed saving”

Hannah Craggs, Head of Subscription

Clerkenwell Design Week

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On the 24th to 26th May 2022, our editors headed to London to immerse themselves in everything Clerkenwell Design Week had to offer. The festival’s 11th edition was spread across three days, with an abundance of events, ranging from product launches, brand activations, immersive installations, exhibitions, talks and workshops, plus 100+ showrooms open across the central London area.

What We Saw:

Clerkenwell Design Week saw innovative approaches to lighting, acoustics and modular living. Key trends from our previous forecasts were evidenced heavily throughout the show and will be important to note for in upcoming seasons.

Our Key Highlight:

Many brands and designers at Clerkenwell tapped into the future consumers desire for modular living with products that are interchangeable, customisable, adaptable and have acoustic qualities. We saw an array of innovation in lighting, hardware and seating systems that can be adjusted, reconfigured, moved, and replaced to suit any space and cater to any activity.”

Rebekah Hutchinson, Trend Consultant

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