Changing times and fiscal freedom shape innovative new office furniture trends

Global spurt of handheld devices and greater connectivity are changing the traditional office dimensions in more ways than one. Latest trends from office spaces and designers across both the US and Europe suggest that modern offices are opting for a more open and ‘barrier-free’ look.

What does this it mean, exactly?

Recent studies suggest that the cubicle is quickly becoming a thing of the past as a new generation armed with more connectivity and creativity is opting for an open floor plan.

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The removal of barriers and the renovation of office space also mean that furniture providers have to adapt accordingly. With the global economic recession now slowly making way for better times, offices are also far more prepared to spend on a change in furnishings. With companies opting to create vibrant and innovative work areas that are very different from the traditional offices in order to attract younger employees, multi-dimensional décor and inspired interiors are quickly becoming the norm.

Apart from a dynamic work area, lounge spots that encourage informal interaction and cool cafeteria spaces that sport seating akin to stylish kitchen bar stools are becoming more and more a part of the work environment. Office designs are being aimed at promoting a free exchange of ideas among employees and designers are coming up with work areas that can be reconfigured on pretty much a daily basis so as to cater to various needs and moods!

With both economics and ergonomics pushing office furnishings in a new direction, additions like chairs with arms for tablets and custom created conference rooms that double up as casual meeting areas are becoming the need of the hour. While furniture industry did see a dip during the recession period, market experts believe the influx of cash along with the desire to revamp offices will give it a big boost in the next few years. A revival that could likely see many organizations move away from the ‘iconic cubicle’ that was so popular in the 90s and early 2000s!

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