Office Furniture Trends in 2016
There is a plethora of office furniture blogs out there that attempt to predict and report office furniture trends for the upcoming year. If that’s what you’re hoping to find here, you might as well click the back button. Our mantra is simple…
“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Our corporate culture shies away from the predictable. Forward thinking and thinking differently can open up great opportunities and possibilities. We believe the safe and one size fits all approach is not always the best path to success. So it should be no surprise that many of the future office furniture trends identified for 2016 are developments we featured in past project profiles or other blog articles throughout the last year or two. Rather than spout off a generic list of predictable office furniture industry trends for the new year like many other office furniture blogs do, we wanted to recap the 5 key insights we’ve been talking about for awhile now.
1) DEDICATED IS DEAD
Dedicated workspaces are a thing of the past, while agile office furniture solutions are alive and well. In today’s fast-paced office, time and space are scarce. Effective multi-use office spaces rely on office furniture that empowers teams to create environments for focused work, collaboration and casual connections thus BENCHING is the new buzz word. In today’s business world, work isn’t where you are, it’s what you do, and you can do it from anywhere in the office. The demand for individual fully furnished workspaces has diminished. What workers need are touchdown areas where they can make phone calls, check in with their teams, and plug in while taking a break from their 24/7 schedule. Corporate Interior Systems’ benching solutions are the answer for workers who need easy access to technology and efficient collaboration.
Read our “Co-Creating And Tomorrow’s Collaborative Workspaces” blog for more info.
2) IT’S TIME TO TAKE A STAND
Employee wellbeing has become paramount and office furniture manufacturers have responded to health risks by introducing a wide variety of height adjustable desking options. As you increase the height of your desk throughout the day, you decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Sit-to-stand office furniture is now considered a necessity in the workplace and CIS offers a wide variety of ergonomic office furniture solutions intended to emphasize the link between health, happiness, and productivity.
Read “Height Adjustable Tables and Desks” from Knoll for more info.
3) MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
The lines between home and work are no longer blurred, they have virtually dissipated. The comforts of home have been integrated into the office for a number of reasons including to accommodate mobility, attract talent, and engage employees. Using modern elements that are often seen in hotels to make the workplace more hospitable is extremely popular right now and we’re sure to see more of this to come.
Read our “NeoCon 2015: Top 10 Office Furniture Products” blog for more info.
4) THE GLASS IS HALF FULL (AND LESS THAN HALF THE COST)
Glass walls are a clear choice for those who want an open airy aesthetic, but they also prove to offer attractive functional and financial benefits. DIRTT Walls minimize the desire for private offices and need for drywall lowering construction costs and adding the feel of contemporary luxury to any space.
Read our “Build Better With DIRTT Architectural Solutions” blog for more info.
5) SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN
Working in an open plan office where constant interaction is encouraged can mean extra sound and pressure. The goal is to have a design plan that keeps overall noise levels down and sounds from spreading to minimize co-working disturbances. CIS offers a host of acoustic solutions to eliminate extraneous noises and simultaneously create an environment that is spacious and flexible.
Read our “Optimizing Open Plan Office Acoustics – Promoting Acoustic Comfort In Your Workspace” blog for more info.
If you hoverboard to a corporate office in downtown Phoenix or you park in front of a Tucson government building using an Intelligent Parking Assist System – you should know one thing for sure – the “office of the future” is no longer in the future, it’s already here. The sales team at our office furniture showrooms in Phoenix and Tucson push the boundaries one furniture project at a time and are ready to help you.
For even more great info from Knoll, see: 2016 Workplace Trends Year In Review