The workplace needs to combine the best of the office and the home
Interaction have long been on a mission to #banishboringoffices. The global pandemic has certainly put an end to the days of uncomfortable chairs lining rows of too-low tables in badly-lit desk farms. People will only come into workplaces which offer them better working experiences than they’d get at home; better chances for collaboration and inspiration, better facilities and better furniture.
Progressive organisations have realised that in order to make people desire to come back to the office they need to combine the best of both worlds – welcoming, comfortable furniture that wouldn’t feel out of place in a stylish home, an ethos widely known as Resimercial.
It’s here that interior styling can help by bridging the gap and enticing people back to the workplace by creating welcoming, comfortable and desirable spaces.
We’ve outlined 4 key trends that are bringing people back to the office:
- A variety of work settings
- Modular workspace solutions to maximise the space
- A workplace filled with natural light and biophilia
- Ergonomic workplace furniture and accessories
1. A variety of work settings
A variety of work settings is vital. Solo and independent work settings must be balanced with accessible communal spaces and collaborative hubs, contributing to an environment that’s flexible enough to accommodate all working styles.
Working from home has made it easier to complete deep focused work and take video calls without distractions. Providing solo work stations can be a life saver for office days when individuals need peace and quiet.
Here are some of our favourite solo work stations:
- Orangebox on the QT – For when you need a little privacy
- Orangebox Coppice – Creating personal focus within busy open-plan spaces
- Senator Haven – An ideal space for ad hoc meetings and sharing ideas
- naughtone Pullman Chair – An acoustic haven for individual working or retreating
- Framery Acoustics O Booth – Ideal for one – awkward for two
2. Maximising the work area
Adaptability and flexibility is also key; modular furniture allows moment-to-moment reconfiguration, depending on what it’s being used for. Modular furniture can also scale as a company grows, easily expanding to accommodate new spaces or employees. Similarly, a refreshed furniture strategy can revitalise an existing space and make it feel entirely new.
Below are some example of modular furniture configurations from naughtone and Frovi.
Featured images: naughtone Symbol
Featured images: Frovi Colony
A selection of the best modular workspace seating solutions:
- naughtone Symbol modular seating – Building blocks for furniture landscapes
- Hitch Mylius Pebble – Structured patterns, either individually or scattered
- The Senator Group Chemistry Canopy – Supports concentration and private conversation
- Frovi Colony – Visible boundaries and inviting spaces with endless configurations
- Frovi Relic at Work – Collaboration to private working through magnetic accessories and castors
- Davison Highley BEEmodular range – Soft modular elements to create the perfect layout
- Allemuir Paver – Create contemporary sofas and soft seating islands
3. A workplace filled with natural light and biophilia
For many, home still feels like the safest place to be. Clever use of natural lighting and biophilia combined with top-quality air ventilation systems can recreate that feeling of safety in the workplace. Beautifully-designed planters, living walls and spacious shared seating areas can add levels of sophistication most people don’t get at home. Many organisations have also toned down their branding when it comes to the workplace, opting for a more homely, subdued look and further dissolving the often stark lines between the office and the home.
Here are some great examples of workplace biophilia:
- Studioscape Mobile Planters – Make booths or divide areas
- Vitra Dancing Wall – Agile structure with various configurations
- Orangebox Woods Mobile Planters – A scalable natural oasis of plants through mobile planters
- Abox Apex Storage Wall – Made-to-measure storage wall system with integrated plants
- Bisley LateralFile – Versatile storage with an optional planter top
- Workstories Urban Connect – A modular grid based shelving/storage system
4. Ergonomic workplace furniture and accessories
Additionally, the best workplaces have furniture which combines pleasing aesthetics with all the benefits of ergonomic design, increasing employee wellness by helping reduce the accumulated effect of being stationary and seated for large amounts of time.
2021’s best ergonomic workplace furniture and accessories:
- Flokk HÅG Capisco Chair – Endless ways to vary your posture
- Moventi Tia Desk – Electric height adjustable desking system
- Koplus Kin Desk – A sit-stand desk with adjustable height and width
- Sedus Se:fit Stool – Versatile stool and stand-up seat
- Herman Miller Embody Chairs – Pressure distribution, natural alignment and support
- Kinnarps Plint Stool – Side-by-side and back-to-back seating options