The way we work has undergone a significant transformation in recent times. With remote working becoming the new norm, offices are being reimagined to become more agile, flexible, and functional. This has spurred a wave of innovation in office furniture design, with manufacturers designing innovative furniture solutions that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable, ergonomic, and practical.
Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting a number of office furniture showrooms in Clerkenwell London, where we got to explore the latest trends and designs that incorporate sustainability, privacy, and wellbeing from some of the best leading UK manufacturers.
One trend we saw in all the showrooms we visited was the use of booths in office spaces. These private areas come in different sizes and configurations to suit individual work, meetings, or phone calls. The beauty of these booths is that they provide an opportunity for employees to work undisturbed by noise and distraction and offer a degree of privacy that is especially relevant in an era of remote and hybrid work setups. We think this trend will become increasingly popular as workplaces continue to prioritise employee wellbeing.
We also saw a lot of emphasis on sustainability in the designs we saw. Manufacturers are now creating furniture that is not only beautiful and functional but also environmentally friendly. From recycled materials to sustainable design principles, manufacturers are committed to reducing carbon footprints and protecting the environment. Some companies like Sixteen3, use upcycling methods to effectively transform discarded materials that would have ended up in landfills into quality furniture.
Sixteen3 range of sustainable furniture made from recycled bottles
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Workspace Furniture Incorporating Biophilia
It was great to see so many biophilia furniture designs at various Clerkenwell showrooms. The incorporation of biophilia furniture designs is not just about aesthetics, it can also add a breath of fresh air into any workspace! Combining the use of plants and greenery can create a serene and calming environment. Together this can positively impact employee well-being and productivity.
The creativity and attention to detail of the showrooms were truly remarkable, and it’s exciting to see the positive influence that biophilic design can have on the way we work.
At a number of showrooms, we also discovered various inventive acoustic solutions that can transform the soundscapes of office environments. Among these, wall and ceiling acoustic screens particularly impressed us with their sleek and contemporary designs, as well as their ability to absorb unwanted noise and reverberations.
With their superior sound-dampening qualities and attractive aesthetic, acoustic screens are great for noisy conference rooms, open-plan offices and busy reception areas.
Hybrid Office Furniture – Gallery
As we enter a new era of work, it only makes sense that our workspaces adapt with us. The furniture we viewed at Clerkenwell showcasing the latest designs was simply outstanding – catering to the modern demands of comfort, style and, above all, flexibility.
Here are a few more photos of the innovative ranges we discovered on our showroom tour.
Office Furniture Design: Summary
In conclusion, the Clerkenwell showrooms had some fantastic trends that are undoubtedly shaping the future of office furniture. Pods and booths that provide privacy and a sense of belonging, office environments that incorporate biophilia, and sustainable furniture are just a few of the many concepts we spotted during our visit.
We foresee these trends changing the face of office furniture for years to come. These trends champion work-life balance and enhance employee wellbeing, productivity, and ultimately satisfaction. We’re excited to see what other cutting-edge designs and innovations will emerge in the world of office furniture at Clerkenwell Design Week.
If you would like to view any of the ranges discussed in our blog we’d be happy to arrange a showroom tour or consultation. Get in touch.
Last Updated on July 10, 2023