"One should not forget that office environments are changing and that
the furniture will outlast many office concepts. This means it has to
take part in the evolution, not stand in its way."
Erwan Bouroullec quote in Vitra space
With a focus on office, many brands are finally catching up and often leading the way in the office designs for today and the future. Water coolers are now hip coffee bars, flat screens are not just for entertainment but sharing ideas, the tablet gets enlarged "Minority report style" and the cubicle gets a softer more comfortable redesign. The focus being on collaboration areas and hi-tec nooks built for overseas conversations. Keynote speaker, Lauren Rottet, observed that the future office will take cues from residential homes and the formal reception area will be obsolete in some new business structures. It is all about casual and comfortable to let that creativity and communication flow!
TREND 1: The Layered Work Space: Still keeping a traditional workspace, this office layout thinks on all planes, adding sleek storage areas as well as casual seating for when you want to chat with co-workers.
Bernhardt / Three-h / Knoll
TREND 2: Rocking and Rolling Chairs: Chairs that move or bounce while you sit/talk. The simple rubber exercise balls are upgraded front and center and the rocking chair is redesigned for conference spaces. Maybe repetitive movement helps with concentration, or we want to work on our core strength while we balance on a ball in a meeting not just behind our desks?
Bernhardt / Martin Brattrud / Steelcase / Dauphin
TREND 3: Privacy Please! As the office space shifts to a more open floor plan, designers are creating pieces that allow for private moments on your phone/tablet or with one other person—all hushed with soft padded fabric like quilted felt or wool. High walled sofas and cocoon chairs give you a space to work that is muffled and comfortable.
Bernhardt / Buzzispace /Buzzispace / Haworth / Buzzispace / Haworth / KI
TREND 4: Colorful Prints & Patterns: Looking down to your feet, brands were having fun with lux area rugs of cozy chunky knits or patch panels with leather. Upholstery gets cutouts with stitched overlays, and rugs and pillows are a vibrant mix of colors and graphic prints.
Key trend colors were vintage lime green, bright orange, lipstick red, shades of grey, fuscia, berry and ultra marine blues.
Buzzispace / Coalesse / Coalesse / Haworth / Herman Miller
I look forward to more of this week's exploration of the new kind of work space!