The rise of the freelance economy, tech start-ups, mobile technology and the trend for co-working has undoubtedly penetrated the culture, design and expectation of where, when and how people work. This brings new pressures and choice for workers trying to balance work and personal life. It also affects organisations as they try to meet the expectations of being an attractive place to work.
Advances in personal computing, communications devices, storage clouds and the near paperless nature of work is enabling more people than ever to work remotely. Cafés resemble living rooms, restaurants feel like home kitchens, and modern work spaces are full of home comforts.
In a bid to increase or maintain employee happiness, attract new talent, and make working in the office more attractive, forward-thinking companies create spaces that people want to be in. They do this by using functional modern office furniture can represent the values of a flexible workplace that balances a work-life ratio. The new style is a more nuanced, inclusive and thoughtful place than the open-plan office, which can often create problems with concentration and productivity.
Of course, the main criteria for workplace furniture is for it to function well. But a great design enables an employee to develop a more personal connection; furniture that is tactile and comforting, with a nod towards a domestic environment.
Knightsbridge the award-winning British furniture manufacturer understand the need to create office furniture which is ergonomic, functional but has a homely aesthetic. Take a look at some of their latest products for inspiration for your next space!
Climb is a clever modular seating system which encourages the user to climb and play with the furniture. The design of climb means that the modular sections can either be freestanding or connected. It allows for a variety of modular shapes to be created to suit the environments exact requirements. Light weight and easy to relocate, the modules are ideal for pairing with the Itsy Laptop table to create a flexible working environment.
Bebop is a range of flexible modular seating and booths designed by International award-winning furniture designer David Fox. The Bebop booth and study bays are designed to allow for occasional meetings. It gives both privacy and comfort, whilst the simple curves of sectional seating designed to display comfort. High and low back seating can be mixed and matched allowing for collaborative work environments.
Alfie is a striking lounge chair; it features angular lines complemented with a masculine finish. This makes it the perfect stand-alone feature for a meeting room or breakout space. Designed in collaboration with Sean Dare, Alfie encourages social interaction between colleagues. It heightens productivity and the wellbeing of employees by crafting a piece to be remarkably reminiscent of the home environment.
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