Office Furniture Trends 2019

In our blog post of last year outlining workplace trends for 2018, we highlighted how office design was moving towards a more informal approach, taking elements usually associated with home office spaces and incorporating them into our daily work spaces.

This trend has continued, with offices seeing the value of making their working environment a space, like our homes, that we actively want to be in. It is only logically that office furniture design has also followed this trend.

What Are We Seeing For Office Furniture Trends 2019?

Office furniture designers are extolling the virtues of the concept "resimercial", a combination of residential and commercial, ensuring that we feel as comfortable in our office chair as we do in our home office set-up. This type of furniture needs to be robust enough to survive the hours we spend at work, but also needs to be comfortable enough for us to be at our most productive.

You will see this type of office design and accompanying furniture at some of the quality co-working spaces that are popping up all over the country. In order to attract clients who would opt to work in these spaces, the design, fixture and fittings have to be on trend and to ensure that anybody using these spaces feels as happy to be there as they would be working at home.

Here at 20sixltd we are seeing this trend first hand as our clients are requesting us to provide office furniture that not only reflects their company culture and branding, but that also help their employees to enjoy being in the workplace and ensuring that maximum productivity is gained from the expense of an office refit, refurbishment or move.


What’s New For Salone del Mobile 2019?

The 9th to the 14th April marks the 58th edition of the Salone del Mobile held in Milan. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, this year's world renowned furniture showcasing event will be celebrating some of da Vinci's design influences.

One of the most eagerly anticipated events will be Aqua, an installation by international events director Marco Balich that focuses on the mechanics of water. The installation will include a reflecting pool with a screen displaying video art and sound with the aim of "connecting visitors to water and technology on a personal and visceral level".

With an estimated 13,000 furniture manufacturers taking part in Salone del Mobile and 2,500 established and 700 young designers showing off their concepts and ideas at the Salone Satellite, we are really looking forward to seeing new office furniture designs. Talk in the 20six offices is all about how it would be possible to tie in the Aqua idea, that of water and technology being used together, in any new commercial designs. We will, of course, keep you posted and report on what we saw as the most exciting new concepts to come out of Milan this year.

Fair Priced Fit Out?

What is the right budget for an office fit out? It should be based upon size, scope of work, and location, all of which you would consider to be a fair reflection of the costs involved in refurbishing your offices. But not all is as it seems in the world of office fit outs.

Five office fit-out companies based in London and the Home Counties, have just been hit with a whopping fine of over £7 million collectively for confessing to participating in “cover bidding” in competitive tenders.

Being dubbed as 'cartel behaviour', the five companies have admitted that they colluded with one another on quotes for office fit outs, with some putting in bids they knew were unreasonable to ensure they would not be in the running for the work and that another amongst the group would have less competition to secure the deal.

Office fit-out is deemed part of the construction sector, and following the investigation covering allegations of offences during the period of 2006-2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) stated that:

“The CMA is concerned it is seeing a lot of evidence of anti-competitive conduct in the construction industry, and we have already taken a number of cases in this sector. Today’s fines reinforce the message that the CMA will not tolerate competition law being broken. As shown by the total of £7 million in fines agreed today, we will not turn a blind eye to illegal behaviour and we will impose penalties where we find laws have been broken. This can include seeking disqualification of company directors.”

Whilst the majority of us in the commercial fit-out, design and refurbishment industry do not wish to see our market sector come into disrepute, we are glad to see that illegal and immoral practices like this are being punished accordingly.

An Office Fit For Spring?

Spring is almost upon us officially, and from the flowers blooming by the roadside and the buds bursting to life on the trees, it feels like it has already arrived. One advantage of this change of season is more hours of daylight, but the sun streaming in through your office windows can also show how neglected your workspace has become.

An Office Fit For Spring?

Whilst the ideal solution may be a total office refit, that's not possible for everybody. So what steps can you take to ensure that your office is fit for spring?

Three Ways To Spruce Up Your Office For Spring

I Need It: There are some items we all need to complete our daily work routines, and those that you need to use regularly should be close by.  As we outlined in our post The Three Zones Of Ergonomic Desk Design, keeping the objects that are classed as your primary necessities close to hand enables you to work more efficiently. On the other hand, items you aren't using on a regular basis may be better placed further away to free up some space.

I Want It: The long held belief that a cluttered desk or office leads to a cluttered mind doesn't hold true for all people. A survey carried out a couple of years ago by Yell Business found that the majority of the UK’s most successful profit making business owners, that's 94% of them, admit to having an ‘extremely cluttered desk’. With profit being the biggest sign of a productive business and work ethic, we can dismiss clutter having a negative impact upon success and profit. That being said, there is always room to keep on top of what’s in front of you so that it’s at least an organised chaos, thus contributing to efficiency and an overall reduction in stress levels.

I'll Change It: In our article last week, Green Office Fit Out, we advocated recycling and re-inventing aspects of your office fit out rather than binning the lot and replacing with new. This isn't always possible, but there are solutions for refurbishing your work space and leaving a minimal carbon footprint. Rather than look at throwing out all the items of office furniture and fittings that look as if they are past their sell-by date, why not check out an experienced commercial property specialist who can advise on getting your offices looking ship shape within a sustainable parameter?

Spring is the ideal time to spruce up your work space and ensure you have the most productive environment that you and your fellow workers are proud to call your offices.