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You’d have been forgiven for thinking that sharp corners had been exiled from this year’s show. Soft curves, flowing lines and cocooning shapes were everywhere to be seen.
We saw an increasingly holistic approach to design, with studios such as Ultrafabrics and Texaa creating spaces that put multisensory experiences at their heart. We see this approach translating incredibly well into retail spaces over the next 5 years.
Sustainability could more accurately be descried as the overarching theme of CDW with the topic driving incredible innovation across all sectors. Carbon labelling and circularity were a big part of the conversation, as were natural alternatives to FR chemicals and foam. Cost remains a huge challenge, but collaboration and transparency – both with customers and fellow brands - was cited as the best way forward.
Spark and Bell - marbled wall light made from locally sourced plastic waste.
Benchmark’s natural and biodegradable upholstery filling which includes coir, latex and sheep’s wool.
“It’s easy to talk about ground breaking innovation [when it comes to sustainability] but these things take time. Innovation can also be small. Something like glue can be significant.”
This tactile installation by NVBL Architects called Temporary Shelter, designed to create a sheltered social space and and made primarily from two elements - earth and air.
The Crossover Project
The brain child of design journalist Roddy Clarke and gallerist Aurélia Islimye, this clever enterprise sees waste from design and fashion brands diverted from landfill and transformed by an exciting roster of up-and-coming artists.
The exhibition will take place at the Royal Exchange from 23rd June - 8th July.
Barker and Stonehouse: Gateshead Store LaunchUnveiling the new £5m store.
ercol x 2LGReaching millions with a message of pride.
French BedroomA luxury bedroom furniture brand.
Duresta & Matthew WilliamsonFashion forward.
EggerImagine. Create. Egger.
HerdysleepOut-of-the-box brand strategy.
Barker and Stonehouse & Drew PritchardLaunching a furniture first.
ercol: Centenary CampaignA 100 years of craft.
SleepeezeeReawakening a sleeping giant.
Barker and Stonehouse: A Story of SustainabilityA sustainable approach to furniture retail.