Thursday, September 20, 2018

Office Design 2018: Summer Recap

What a season it's been! With fall starting this Saturday, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the products and design trends that rocked the summer. From ergonomic workstations to collaborative benching, brands like Systematix, Global, and Cherryman took the summer season by storm. Rest assured, the products that hit the scene this summer will continue to impact commercial interiors for years to come.

Volante height adjustable workstationVolante Workstations

It was the summer of sit to stand! We saw a ton of height adjustable workstations hit the market, all with respective benefits. Our favorite was without a doubt the Volante. With new heavy duty sit to stand risers and height adjustable corner workstations, the Volante series has your operational needs covered. The sit to stand attachments from the Systematix Volante collection encourage continuous movement, improve blood flow, and reduce fatigue on a budget.

Global Terina TableTerina Tables

The team at Global doesn't sit by and watch new trends get set in motion. They're too busy starting them! This highly respected manufacturer paved the way for improved training with their Terina collection. This all new line of flip top nesting tables encourages collaboration while creating upscale modern vibes in the process. There's no better line of training tables on the market today. With power options, fashionable finishes, and plenty of sizes to choose from, Terina is sure to be rocking interiors throughout the remainder of 2018 and beyond.

Atto ChairAtto & Zetto Chairs

Right at the end of summer, the team at Cherryman hit us with a couple of awesome new ergonomic chairs that are already making waves. The Atto and Zetto have rapidly become the best office chair buys of 2018. The Atto is a weight sensing task chair priced at $225.00 while the Zetto chair is a high back synchro tilter that's currently available for $262.00. Both are exceptional options to consider for professional interiors. They're extremely comfortable, easy to use, and ready for the demands of the modern workplace.

OFM Fulcrum FurnitureFulcrum Furniture

OFM gave us an all new line of industrially inspired office furniture this summer. The Fulcrum collection offers modular desks and matching components that make it easy to think outside the box when remodeling interiors. Fulcrum furniture is available in a choice 4 finish options. As the industrial look is trending, look for the Fulcrum collection to really hit its stride this fall.

gray office furnitureGray Everything

Now lets talk design trends! The summer season was dominated by gray office chairs, desks, conference tables, and reception stations. As interior design teams and shoppers looked to skip traditional tones like cherry and mahogany, gray finishes like Textured Driftwood and Gray Steel from Mayline stole the show. These laminates available on the furniture from collections like Sterling, Medina, and Aberdeen are stunning.

Focal Locus Active SeatingPerch Stools

With the popularity of height adjustable office furniture, perch stools have carved out a nice little market for themselves. Once considered a niche item, perch stools and active seating have become a staple in commercial interiors. Popular options like the Focal Locus from Safco are incredibly versatile. They provide added support without sacrificing the continuous movement workers are trying to generate while standing.

Collaborative Benching

collaborative workstation for 4 people
The popularity of collaborative benching is at an all time high. As businesses look to think outside the realm of traditional cubicle systems, collaborative workstations are answering the call. Brands like Global, Bush Business Furniture, and Mayline all offer alternatives to high wall panel furniture. With collaborative benching you can create clean sight lines, encourage employee interaction, and keep the good ideas flowing. Sure cubicles will always have their place, just look for the walls to be lowered. These days you're looking for a good mix of privacy and noise reduction without making employees feel overly closed off from one another.

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