Posted by Karen Wong

March 18, 2019

From the downfall of traditional cubicles to the rise of open offices, furniture design has been undergoing drastic changes over the past decade. Factors such as shared workspaces and technology advancements are affecting the way furniture is built and designed. Furniture design today must adapt to changes in workspaces and support various work functions.

Below are some of the factors that will impact the future of furniture design:

Open Areas

It is apparent that the boundaries of office and public spaces are merging together. There will be a growing demand for upholstered bench and sofas in open workspaces and public areas. Incorporating soft upholstery in open areas can create a setting that is inviting, casual and comfortable. It can also provide freedom and flexibility for end users in the office to get away from their desk and to socialize with their colleagues.

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Smart Office Furniture

There is no doubt that smart furniture can be multifunctional and beneficial to an employee’s wellbeing. Furniture brands are integrating wireless charging panels into desks and tabletops, allowing users to charge their devices without clustered wires.

Linak developed a mobile app that can be used together with its height adjustable desks. The mobile app enables users to adjust their desk and remind them to vary their position during the day. This function can help users build a healthy routine. 

As technology continues to evolve, more consumer electronics will integrate into furniture products found in collaborative areas and conference rooms.

Versatility

Furniture brands will focus on offering customization and versatile options. They will develop desk and seating systems that are adaptable to various sizes and shapes of workspaces. 

Sedus Mastermind Table

The Sedus mastermind table system is a great example of versatility. The system provides options for small and large groups of people, from circular tables that accommodate four people to rectangular tables that can fit up to ten people. 

Sustainability

Furniture companies will be taking a sustainable approach to reducing environmental impact. Brands such as Flokk Is striving to use fewer resources, making great use of recycled materials and reducing the amount of energy used during the manufacturing process.

Furniture designs will continue to change in parallel with the trends of office designs. The future of furniture design will play an important role in accommodating various work functions and facilitating collaboration in the workspace.

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