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Elevating Your Exhibitions with Modern Elegance

September 28, 2023 /
Conex /

When it comes to a display, the aesthetic is everything. Using textures, colours, and even illuminated lighting creates exhibition spaces that are not only visually stunning but also immersive and engaging.

For exhibition hosts and art gallery owners striving to create an impactful gallery experience, trying out the modern elegance trend may be the answer you’ve been looking for to unlock audience engagement.

If you’re after something extra for your exhibition, gallery wall or event, we have some ideas for making your display pop. Something we’ve seen clients and guests alike go mad for are illuminated furniture, walls and systems, which are the height of modern glamour.

Here’s everything you need to know about modern elegance and how you can achieve the look for your next display.

Modern Elegance: Where Sophistication Meets Innovation

Modern elegance is a design philosophy combining simplicity with innovation to create aesthetically pleasing and highly functional spaces. It’s been a popular trend in home design and interiors for some time, so the look has inevitably spilt over into the exhibition world.

The trend has four key features, which are easily remembered with the ‘FIRM’ acronym:

  • Functionality: Designing beautiful and practical spaces, ensuring ease of navigation and interaction for visitors.
  • Innovation: Using tech and innovative solutions for aesthetic purposes, such as illuminated walls and systems, to enhance the visitor experience.
  • Refinement: A harmonious blend of colours, textures and lighting to create a cohesive and visually pleasing display.
  • Minimalism: Clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and a focus on essentials, allowing the artwork to take centre stage.

Some examples of the style from this year would be the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition at the Tate Modern and the Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design display at Chatsworth House.

The Role of Illuminated Walls and Systems

One of the easiest, most cost-effective and visually impactful ways to achieve the modern elegance trend in your exhibition is by using illuminated walls and systems in your design. There are many benefits to choosing this option, though we’ve laid out the most popular reasons why our customers choose to go for illumination.

Enhanced Visibility

Opting for illuminated walls or furniture can help any intricate details of the artwork shine through – because every piece should be viewed in the best light possible. Illumination can also be used to create a focal point in the gallery to draw the eye to key pieces or artwork.

Aesthetic Appeal

Everyone loves some soft lighting, and sometimes you don’t want harsh overhead lighting ruining the overall vibe of the exhibition. Illuminated walls and systems can help to provide ambience and a visually pleasing environment that’s perfect for late-night gallery displays or softly lit rooms.

Versatility and Customisation

An illuminated wall can provide versatility in spades if you’re after a flexible and adaptable design. You can opt for different colours and lighting levels to achieve your modern elegance vibe, scale up the illumination depending on the gallery size, or create a customised system to highlight key focal points in the exhibition. Whatever your needs, illuminated walls and systems can deliver.

Beyond Illumination: Other Elements of Modern Elegance

Illuminated displays are just one part of the picture – there are many other ways you can bring modern elegance to your display. Let’s take a look at some of the options.

Colour and Texture

Choosing a colour palette that complements the artwork and enhances the overall aesthetic of the exhibition is crucial. In line with the modern elegance principles of minimalism and refinement, opt for soft, neutral tones instead of bright, clashing colours to let the exhibition speak for itself.

Layout and Space Utilisation

A well-planned layout helps with smooth navigation, encourages interaction, and ensures that each exhibition piece is displayed to its full potential. Go for more space than you think you might need so no artwork or exhibition piece is cramped, and promote a seamless flow for the visitors to walk through the exhibition.

Interactive and Multimedia Elements

Multimedia elements are an essential part of achieving the modern elegance look. Video projections and soundscapes that enhance the overall feel of the exhibition can go a long way in creating a multidimensional display. You could also try interactive elements, like touchscreens and AR experiences, if it suits the overall tone of the display.

Sustainable Solutions

Sustainability is a cornerstone of modern elegance, reflecting a commitment to environmental responsibility. Choosing sustainable, recyclable or biodegradable materials minimises the gallery’s overall ecological footprint. Illuminated lighting uses LED lightbulbs, which are more energy-efficient than traditional light bulbs.

How Conex Can Help with Modern Elegance

With over a decade of experience, Conex is your partner in providing the entire temporary gallery or exhibition from start to finish. We have temporary walling, exhibition stands and plinths for hire so you can get the fundamentals of your display done and dusted.

Our illuminated furniture, like our LED cube tables, chairs and column plinths, can help you achieve the modern elegance aesthetic and set the tone for the display’s vibe. Whether you’re going for a relaxed feel or something more upbeat, we have the illuminated furniture to achieve your exhibition goals.

As for our illuminated walls and systems, we have options for any size exhibition that needs a soft lighting pop to bring out the best of the artwork or focal piece. You just need to contact us for a bespoke quote to suit your needs.

Wrapping Up

Modern elegance is a popular and timeless aesthetic for galleries and exhibitions – and the look is easily achieved with just a few design tweaks. Whether you’re after a subtle look or want to go full-on modern elegance, abiding by its design principles will help your exhibition or gallery event be a success and linger in your guests’ memories.

Conex can help you achieve your exhibition elegance. Our range of illuminated furniture, systems and walls can help any gallery display go from drab and dull to the height of modern elegance. Get in touch today for a quote.