Friday, December 29, 2017

Office Design: 6 Things To Expect In 2018

In the ever evolving world of office furniture and seating, it's always fun to look ahead. With 2018 right around the corner, we couldn't be more excited. In the coming year brands like OFM, Global, and Cherryman will pave the way with unique products that are sure to set new design trends in motion while simultaneously improving operational versatility.

1.) More Sit To Stand Products

Sit To Stand Desk Attachment

This one is an absolute certainty. There will without a doubt be more sit to stand products hitting the market in 2018, and that's a good thing. The ability to reduce strain and fatigue while improving posture and health is too much for businesses to pass up. The demand of sit to stand workstations and desk surface attachments is truly at an all time high. Look for an array of sit to stand training room tables and even perch style stools to hit the market from reputable brands all throughout the year.

2.) Bright Colors

Bright Red Office Chair

Traditional black, brown, and navy office chairs will always have a place. That said, bright colors are really taking over. With red, orange, and lime green office chairs it's very easy to design impactful interiors. Some may consider bright office chairs to be over the top. Most however feel they're here to stay and great for impressing valued visitors.

3.) Light Wood Tones

Light Wood Office Furniture

In 2017 we started to see the light wood furniture finish trend emerge. Dark tones like mocha, espresso, and black cherry are still popular but lighter gray, white, and natural walnut options are definitely dominating the market. Take a look at the Autumn Walnut components from the OTG Superior Laminate Series and you'll see what we mean. If you like the look of light finishes, you can also check out the Gray Steel and Sea Salt finishes available on the furniture from the Mayline Medina collection.

4.) Open Concept Furniture

Open Concept Office Interiors

Who doesn't like the idea of creating open concept office interiors that feel large and spacious? With traditional cubicle systems being kicked to the curb, benching layouts that promote an open concept feel while boosting collaborative efforts are rapidly becoming the industry standard. Take one look at the furnishings from the Global SideBar series and you'll see what we mean.

5.) Modular Seating

Modular Lobby Seating

In the lobby and waiting room you can expect a lot more modular seating lines that make it easy to maximize corporate appeal and square footage. There's nothing wrong with traditional sofa and lounge chairs. They've just become a bit boring when compared to the hot modular lines available from brands like Woodstock Marketing. The connectable lobby chairs and powered tables from their Jefferson line show where the industry is headed.

6.) Powered Products

Universal USB Hub

Office tech has come a long way in the last couple of years. In 2018 we'll definitely see an array of new powered products that streamline activities, improve the guest experience, and much more. From surface level power modules to powered coffee tables with USB ports, this trend is definitely becoming a standard.

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