Category Archives: Office Furniture

Anthropomorphising Furniture

Milano 2019: Milan Design week has come and gone, and as promised in our post last month, What’s New For Salone del Mobile 2019, we have taken what we believe to be the most likely big influence on office furniture coming to a commercial property near you anytime soon.

Everywhere you looked at Salone del Mobile there were flora and fauna. Gucci showcased deeply rich blue armchairs embroidered with butterflies, owls, and flowers, and every side table or stool was covered in floral decorations. Louis Vuitton displayed an anemone glass-topped table and a chair design inspired by tropical flowers.

Yes, it was verdure and beasties in all shapes, sizes, and colours. Furniture abounded that was either covered in flora and fauna or was inspired by it. And this makes complete sense to us – office design has been on the positive biophilc path for some time now, with the scientifically backed evidence that when people feel closer to nature they are happier and more productive. So why not add elements of the natural world into your office furniture?

From desktops to office chairs, combining function and form to bring as much outdoors into the working environment means we could be looking at some really “fun” office furniture rolling onto the work floor near you before the year is out.

A chameleon chair, capable of adapting to the user’s personal requirements? A dolphin desk perhaps, as intelligent and socially aware as it’s namesake? Butterfly blinds, able to open up to reveal a stunning display of colours, then neatly fold back into itself? Who knows – however, watch this space for as soon as we start to see furniture reflecting nature we’ll be reporting back to you.

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.

Get Fit In Your Office Chair

This Monday marks the start of the working New Year for all those who hadn’t yet returned to work. New Year comes packaged with New You resolutions, be that a better diet, new job, or getting fitter and leaner.

Last February we gave you 10 examples of “deskercise” – exercises that you could carry out whilst sat at your desk, or in close proximity to your work station. So it was of interest to us when we came across the NOONCHI, the office chair attachment that may help you to achieve at least one of your 2019 goals.

The makers of this “exercise” chair attachment claim that it provides you with a complete workout system – you can stretch and exercise whilst sat at your desk.  The base structure is lightweight enough to be easily attached, detached or height adjusted on to your office chair and can also be placed under your feet for leg exercises right at your desk.

No matter how brilliant your IT and telephone systems are, there will always be times when you are sat at your desk waiting for the latest update to complete, or in the telephone queue to some large establishment. By attaching this device to your office chair you can utilise these moments of non-productivity to get moving. It’s been scientifically proven that regular exercise can reduce stress levels, so doing a mini-workout whilst waiting for your call to be answered may even leave you less likely to get annoyed when you finally do get hold of someone…

From what we can ascertain, this particular model has yet to go into full production, especially in the UK, but if you have tried such a system, we’d love to know how you got on with it.