The Latest Office Furniture Trends for 2019
With modern offices becoming more of a mix of private, home and shared workspaces, putting your finger on general office furniture trends for the year is not a simple undertaking. What may work for one type of office setup, doesn’t necessarily work for the others. What we can tell you, however, is that there are some interesting individual trends popping up in the industry as a whole, as we head into the second half of the year, with a leaning towards what may be trendy heading into 2020 as well.
Smart Technology Combining with Furniture
There is a lot of buzz in offices around the world about the combination of smart technologies with what is seen as more old school, traditional furniture. Many office spaces and businesses in the hospitality industry, for example, are looking at ways to integrate technology in order to provide users with a more seamless (and memorable) experience as a whole. Not only does smart technology, which is often directly embedded into furniture, provide the space with an ultra edgy feel, showing that the business is keeping up with the latest trends, but it also provides more opportunities for a business to integrate further technological advancements (like Augmented and Virtual reality), both of which are set to play an increasingly more important role in the years to come.
Open Plan is Getting More and More Popular
More and more businesses are moving away from private offices, to an open plan environment, featuring communal “hot desks”, where people are able to sit anywhere on any given day. This not only encourages collaboration and decreases boredom in the office, but also leads to less general office confrontation’s starting with “alright, who took my chair?” (we’ve all been there at some point, right). Open plan environments also allow for a more energised mood in the office, giving companies the chance to opt to furnish a single room, rather than looking at individual furnishings of smaller offices with additional furniture pieces. This can have a positive effect on the bottom line.
The Rise in “Green” (Sustainable) Furniture
If your company isn’t already prioritising sustainability and looking at “green” alternatives in terms of its office furniture, where have you been? It’s no surprise that some of the biggest companies in the world are prioritising environmentally aware decisionmaking when it comes to their furniture buying decisions, especially as these have an effect on the challenges the world is facing these days. More companies are opting for “green” certified furniture providers and brands, and more of these suppliers are moving into the bigger cities, striking deals with larger chains to start a broader conversation about the issue.
Colour “Pop” and General Office Design
A pop of colour never hurt anyone. In relatively uncertain times, there is all the more reason for brightness and colour in our days, but the key is not to overdo it. An office environment can be transformed from a dreary space to one that is fun and playful, with the simple inclusion of a few carefully selected colours to match a more playful office culture. Talk to your staff about colours that would make them feel most comfortable, do some research around colours that have the greatest effect on general mood (let’s stay away from bright red, yes), and start planning to refresh that boring, beige couch you inherited from the company who was there before you. It’s time.
At the end of the day, your office space says a lot about your company, and the culture that is adopted by the organisation as a whole. By following these guidelines and trends for the rest of the year, you can take your office space to brand new heights, not only potentially increasing productivity and morale within your teams, but also making a great impression on any clients, past or present. If you need a bit of help in revamping your office space, Ixaxa Office Furniture is a great place to start. They provide a wide range of furniture options, carefully tailored to the needs of your business, whether big or small. Oh and PS, their turnaround time for delivery is also something worth writing home about.