Friday, June 30, 2017

Office Design: 7 Things To Look Forward To In The 2nd Half Of 2017

In the office remodeling world, it's safe to say that styles, trends, and design themes can all start to look the same after awhile. Thankfully, there are industry leading brands out there who never fail to push the limits of innovation. We're here to tell you, there's a lot to look forward to in the second half of 2017!

1.) Cool Finishes

Gray Office Furniture

If you're tired of traditional mahogany, maple, and cherry furniture finishes, you're not alone. Today's top manufacturers have started to feel the same way. Sure these classic finishes will always have a place in the furniture world, but in the second half of 2017 we'll be seeing innovative new gray and white woodgrain tones taking over the market. Finishes like White Chocolate from Global and Textured Driftwood from Mayline are must considers for your remodel.

2.) Mid Century Side Chairs

We're seeing an influx in the number of mid century modern side chairs and guest seating solutions hitting the market. In the coming months, there will definitely be more! This trendy look is sure to help you generate a lot of wow factor. Mid century accent chairs from Modway are perfect for waiting room, lobby, and reception area makeover projects.

3.) White Desktop Risers

White Sit To Stand Desktop Attachment from Systematix

Black desktop risers are cool, but we will see a variety of more modernized variations in white very soon. Black desktop risers are used to blend in while promoting ergonomic functionality. That being said, white desktop risers are meant to provide the same operational benefits while simultaneously giving your interior a cutting edge look. We love new white desktop risers like the Volante from Systematix. It's versatile, cost effective, and super stylish!

4.) Perch Stools

Vivo Stool by OFM

You'll no doubt want to pair your desktop riser with a versatile seating solution. That being said, a perch stool like the 2800 model Vivo from OFM is the way to go. This swiveling, tilting, and rotating sit to stand office stool is an absolute bargain at just $156.99. Take one look at this innovative product and you'll know for sure, it's going to be imitated by a variety of top brands. We fully expect Perch stools like the Vivo to be dominating the industry by the end of 2017.

5.) Auto Responding Chairs

Office Chair That Automatically Adjusts

Even with a sit to stand desktop riser and perch still, you'll still want to spend some time working from the seated position. That being said, if you're ready to minimize the ergonomic learning curve, go with an auto responding office chair that does the adjusting for you. Popular new weight sensing task chairs from Global are the way of the future. In addition, brands like Eurotech and Mayline also offer chairs that automatically respond to user movements and more are on the way.

6.) Collaborative Furniture

Open Concept Benching for Collaboration

In the second half of 2017 we'll see a lot of new collaborative furnishings from brands like Mayline, Global, and Cherryman. New connectable table and benching systems will soon be available that spark creativity amongst employees. While traditional cubicles are great for privacy, open concept collaborative systems are the preferred choice for businesses looking to encourage employee interaction.

7.) Powered Everything

Powered Boardroom Table

Last but certainly not least, everything from chairs to tables are getting powered up! The demand for streamlined efficiency is at an all time high. That means, industry leading brands are hard at work crafting high tech lounge furniture designed to improve the guest waiting experience. In addition, powered conference tables and training tables will also be hitting the market that encourage collaboration and simplify presentations. Powered furniture is sure to be an industry staple by the end of the year. New innovations like electronic desks with sit to stand capabilities, as well as interconnected benching systems with surface level inputs are all going to change the way we work.

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