Not only are office leases becoming more flexible, but their furniture is too.
Furniture designers have noted that executives prioritize agility and flexibility to create an immersive office environment that fits everyone’s work style.
Modular designs such as acoustic panels, storage units and room dividers help workers find a space that best meets their needs at all times, while ensuring that these areas are used to their full potential.
“Multifunctional spaces and furnishings that allow open spaces to be temporarily repurposed for meetings give organizations the ability to scale up or down as occupancy and changing needs change,” said Guzman de Yarza Blache, Head of workplace strategy at JLL. EMEA.
For example, global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright recently implemented new designs, such as sliding and stacking doors, to quickly expand rooms at any time.
“With ongoing shifts in now widely recognized work patterns, it’s not just location or square footage that requires attention,” Yarza Blache said.
“Multi-purpose furniture can play a major role in redesigning the office for agility, as organizations seek to transform their spaces and respond to shifts in workplace culture.”
Not only does this support the clear transition the world is making towards a more flexible workforce, but it also shows employees that their unique needs are being considered by their employer.
“As office design evolves to support both high performance work and employee well-being, we have seen the emergence of welcoming ‘residential’ designer furniture and fittings,” said Betty Surgis, Furniture Solutions Manager at Tétris EMEA.