What to expect from Workspace Design Show 2023

Workspace Design Show will be taking over the hall at the Business Design Centre, London, on February 27 –28. While it is getting ready to host a whole range of creatives from the UK’s workplace industry, we are fulfilling our media partnership role with an insight on what’s to look forward to…

Entrance at Workspace Design Show designed by GENSLER

First things first. The theme of the 2023 edition of Workspace Design Show show is ‘Destination Workplace’. What does that mean? Good question. There is expected to be more than 3,000 workplace professionals looking to source the latest furniture, lighting, acoustics, surfaces, storage, materials, tech and biophilic products and solutions to transform their office interiors – so let’s explore that concept.

Gensler will be designing the Show entrance, with the theme ‘Destination Workplace Rebirth’. “It feels like there has never been a more exciting and yet equally unknown time in the future of workplace design,” explained Becky Spenceley, Design Director at Gensler, who is leading the project. “We are inspired by this synergy between a new era of workplace and a new outlook on how we can care for our planet, and how we as designers can affect that through pioneering and sustainable design. It’s about fresh perspectives to enable new ways of working and create unique and tailored destinations for people, hence the overarching theme of Rebirth.”

Following the success of last year’s show, over the course of the event there will be a diverse range of speakers, within an enticing talks programme, providing three Talks theatres which attendees can choose from. Refreshing, post-Covid opinions will be discussed in the Talks Lounge, beautifully curated by The Furniture Practice. In addition, attendees will be able to listen to the leading lights from architecture and design, and end-users talking about the latest trends, challenges and innovations in the workplace sector.

talks at Workspace Design Show

Image credit: Workspace Design Show

New to 2023, and designed to help define the theme physically, will be the Bio Materials exhibition, designed by BIOHM, with biological systems at the heart of its inspiration. This will combine ideologies of the circular economy and human-centred design with future-tech, representing an exciting opportunity for visitors to discover advanced materials, that will be crucial to the future of design.

Major international architecture practice BDP is responsible for ‘Change by Design’ a lounge space concept for the 2023 Workspace Design Show. This will provide a discussion piece surrounding the current climate crisis, and will question the impact of workplace design on the natural environment. It represents a problem-solving approach that will demonstrate how the use of recycled, reused and bio materials in design projects can help to shape a low-carbon future.

The FIS, (Finishes & Interiors Sector) Innovation awards will also take place at the show, recognising outstanding innovation in the finishes and interiors sector across various categories.

In addition – and here’s one for the entire interior design community – we have it on good authority that the Workspace Design Show party will also be making a welcome return, this time ‘bigger, bolder and better’. Their words, not ours.

The show will also provide visitors with the chance to explore the latest product launches that are transforming the employee experience in our workplaces, creating spaces for people to harbour creativity and enjoy working in.

Hotel Designs is proud to return in 2023 as an official media partner for Workspace Design Show. 

Main image credit: Workspace Design Show/Gensler