What does 2023 have in store for commercial interiors?
It was clear to see that Orgatec 2022 emphasised the continuation of designing for a hybrid world of work with furniture designed to be agile and flexible. The merging of technology with furniture was ever present especially in how privacy booths are designed with integrated IT functionality. There was also a noticeable increase in options for tables and workstations to incorporate technology that is intended to support plug-and-play opportunities, power and charging. The Humanscale eFloat was a real head turner, not just from the perspective of beautiful minimalist design, but it has USB-A and USB-C charging points built into the height adjustable mechanism. How cool is that !
From a design perspective, the influence of residential design remained a strong theme as it has done for several years. Being strong advocates of biophilia, we were delighted to see that this was of particular emphasis at Orgatec along with the focus and development around sustainability in all aspects of commercial furniture, from design to manufacture to life cycle. Camira and Kvadrat each launched a beautiful collection of sustainable fabrics at the show, much to the delight of the industry.
What caught our eye, might catch yours?
Orgatec, and indeed Clerkenwell Design Week which took place in May 2022 in London, will always be a place where new designs are unveiled, and audiences are wowed. This year at Orgatec was no different. We have narrowed down our favourite products that we expect to see feature heavily in offices throughout 2023 and beyond.
The designers in Lammhults strongly believe in the ability of design to improve our everyday lives and to contribute to more meaningful and sustainable ways of living. And their Sunny chair is a perfect example of this, both in how it is designed and how it can be specified to include castors, making it flexible and agile.
Created out of bent steel tubes and supporting fabric, Sunny has a light airy construction, alongside generously padded cushions that give an inviting, plush appearance, and relaxing comfort. When developing Sunny, the designers looked to minimise the use of resources, without sacrificing comfort “The task was to make soft, lounge seating – a little lower, a little softer, a little more relaxed, a little cooler, a little dreamier and a cross-border between public and private.”
We think they have achieved this!
Collaboration, break out spaces & with no surprises – Privacy Booths
You will understand how passionately we feel about the inclusion of well-considered and well-designed breakout spaces and areas for collaboration. Long time suppliers of both Softline and Milani, we were delighted to see what they were unveiling specifically for these areas of an office.
At Orgatec, Softline launched a versatile selection of new products, specifically designed to create comfortable and welcoming meeting zones and ‘privacy spaces’ in contemporary office environments – suited for an informal meeting, a moment of focus before an important task, or simply a peaceful coffee break or chat with a colleague.
Milani unveiled their Smart conference collection with their ‘Red Is Bold’ coloured theme. The red-pink two-tone. The red expresses the history of Milani and the gentleness of pink indicates the approach of the company to the world of furniture, made up of care, family and feminine memories, manufacturing skills, attention to service and accessible quality.
The Smart Conference collection for us was one of the most exciting events of the exhibition. Due to launch in Q2, 2023 these pictures speak for themselves, don’t you agree?
Whilst Milani used the use of red and pink to speak of its personality, other fabrics displayed for 2023 shared warm tones and hues that will be adorning the offices of the next few years.
Privacy remained high on the agenda and the range and variety was outstanding. That said, Framery were the stand-out when it comes to privacy thanks to the unrivalled acoustic performance of their privacy booths.
It is hard to believe that 2023 is only around the corner, but we are always excited to learn of new trends and what is on the horizon for commercial interiors around the world. It is even more exciting when we bring them to life in our projects.