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Trends in Office Furniture and Décor to Watch for in 2020

As we enter 2020, we are not only moving forward into a new year but into many exciting developments in commercial office furnishings and interiors. With shifts in workplace trends such as hot-desking and multiuse spaces to décor changes and advancements in technology, there is a great deal for employees to look forward to. Here are a few trends to watch for, and aspire to, in the year ahead in the modern workplace.

Incorporating Technology

Technology is growing at an exponential rate and today’s workforce understands how to leverage it. That means employers need to not only incorporate its use to boost business but it can be wielded to bolster employee morale.

Falcon Products offers a variety of training tables that integrate power for mobile devices such as laptops along with cord management systems to avoid clutter. The Add-On Symetris, for example, comes in both standup and counter heights and are USB power capable. These desks can also be flipped and nested for ease of storage.

Add-On Symetris tables by Falcon Products with power access.

Imagine your employees walking into a cordless office space where they can get to work quickly and operate seamlessly throughout the day. With the advent of 5G communications, wireless is becoming better than ever before. It offers less latency, the ability to connect more devices, and there’s expanded coverage even in offices off the beaten path.

There are multiuse tables that can recharge mobile devices from cell phones to tablets without using a cord. You can simply just set your device down and it will charge. Additionally, there are furnishings that incorporate technological elements from screens to cameras and other tools that will make our everyday work life easier. These tools will allow us to hold virtual meetings.

The Convergence by DeskMakers is ideal creating extra storage in small spaces.

Colorful & Creative Office Spaces

The days of colorless black and white office spaces are gone. No more are employees stuck in drab office spaces, watching the clock for their next opportunity to escape. Today’s offices are trending to the use of vibrant colors in everything from the paint on the walls to the seating employees use to inspire them to do their best work, either alone or collaboratively.

Coriander Designs promises colorful, creative seating options for your lobby, waiting room, or shared spaces with its Kenzie Lounge Chairs. This modular seating collection produces a sweeping, curved, or rounded area for collaboration or independent seating. To add a sense of relaxation and comfort associated with the “resommercial” movement (bringing the feel of home into the workplace), there are six different ottoman choices for Kenzie as well. Flush power modules with two receptacles featuring dual USB ports are an additional option to make your common areas ever functional.

The Kenzie Lounge Chairs by Coriander Designs adds color and the comfort of home to office spaces with added durability.

Even glass boards are getting a color fix. For example, Fulbright Glass Boards offer not only a wide selection of standard and custom glass boards in a variety of sizes and finishes, but businesses can now select a glass board from a multitude of colors as well.  Fulbright Glass Boards offer at least 47 different colors to choose from to compliment any office color scheme. Whether you want to energize workers or your desire is to relax patients, you can create an environment that supports the accomplishment of your goals. You can even use your glass boards for marketing as custom-printed graphics such as logos are now available.

Fullbright Glass Boards add color, beauty, and functionality to the walls of your multifunctional spaces.

Wood Wins

While the incorporation of pops of color help to invigorate your employees, wood is still king when it comes to conference rooms and reception desks. Whether you want something with clean lines or curves that draw the eye, wood offers what you want.

Wood works well with a variety of color elements in any office. For example, light woods compliment décor with darker colors to brighten a workspace while darker woods work in lighter environments. Wood provides a sense of elegance, charm, and sophistication to any work environment. It’s also strong and durable so investing in wood furnishings means purchasing furniture that’s meant to last.

Take for example the wide variety of wooded reception furniture offered by Groupe Lacasse. The first thing someone sees when they enter your office space is typically the reception desk. We all know first impressions count so incorporating wood demonstrates a sense of professionalism and reliability.

Morpheo by Groupe Lacasse offers wood in many formats from traditional square desks to round forms to fit your reception areas and workspaces.

Not only does the use of wood make a statement of classic style, but it also can improve wellbeing, bolster job satisfaction, and drive productivity, according to the study Workplaces: Wellness + Wood = Productivity. The study shows that biophilic design elements such as natural light, wood, and plants can increase productivity in the office by eight percent and a sense of well-being by 13 percent. The same study shows employees in “work environments with exposed wood feel more connected to nature and have more positive associations with their workplace.” Furthermore, those working in environments featuring wood furniture have higher levels of wellbeing, take less leave, and demonstrate higher levels of concentration, improved mood, and personal productivity.

Morpheo comes in a variety of wood colors to match your office interiors with style.

Flexible, Multifunctional Spaces

No longer are office workspaces relegated to cubicles. Today’s modern office offers employees an open, cooperative workplace. This calls for more flexible, multifunctional workspaces, which are becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it good for existing employees, but many companies are finding this is a means of drawing top talent to their organization.

Some offices are turning smaller rooms into areas where employees can meet, brainstorm, or simply take in a coffee break. Larger spaces are being left open with a variety of seating options from shared seating and tables to individual desks to employees can float from one area to the next as needed. What’s great about these multiuse spaces is that they can be transformed and flex for the needs of your employees.

Nevins offers many options for crafting breakout spaces in larger rooms for more intimate or private work.

While the thought of noise can hamper the idea of incorporating such open spaces in the workplace, there are products to help with that as well. For example, Nevins offers acoustic hanging panels to create smaller spaces in larger areas while reducing noise pollution. Its Ariel panels, which are suspended from the ceiling, offer a modern way to divide workspace and come in a wide variety of patterns and colors to compliment your office décor.

Ariel Panels by Nevins offers a solution to noise while creating intimate multifunctional workspaces while adding a splash of color.

Additionally, fixed work areas are also becoming a thing of the past. This is especially true with so many people working remotely and spending less time formally working in the office. Companies are freeing up traditional work desks to create multipurpose spaces where workers can move according to what they are doing at that moment. Such breakout spaces have become a popular movement as it has increased communications between departments and improved idea sharing to benefit the company while boosting morale.

Bringing the Outside In

Biophilic designs have really taken off in the last few years and you can expect to see more of it incorporated in offices as we move ahead into the 2020s. Nature has begun to entrench itself in workplaces to create a more pleasing environment for the modern worker. The aforementioned Workplaces: Wellness + Wood = Productivity demonstrates that biophilic design elements including the integration of natural light, wood, and plants increase productivity and well-being, reducing employee sick days as well as turnover.

Whether you’re bringing in live plants or opening up natural light with huge windows, biophilic design is expanding. Peter Pepper offers Kona planters that have a subtle tapered steel body that sits on a rotationally molded base with low-profile swivel casters. These can be used indoors or out, are easy to clean, and are completely recyclable. In addition, they are resistant to UV, moisture, and changes in temperature making them a sustainable way to incorporate nature into your office space.

The Kona Planter by Peter Pepper allows you to bring biophilic design into the office with clean lines and steel appeal.

Healthier Workplaces

In addition to biophilic design, proper ergonomics in the workplace are also improving health for our modern workforce. Study after study has been done demonstrating the importance of proper ergonomics in the way we sit, stand, and work. Modern office furnishings from office chairs to height-adjustable desks are improving the health of employees.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 33 percent of all injury and illness cases in American workplaces are related to musculoskeletal disorders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that $45 to $54 billion is lost in productivity, wages, and compensation costs annually due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The best part is that all of this is preventable with proper ergonomics in the workplace.

The furniture manufacturer ergoCentric offers seating and height-adjustable desks to prevent such musculoskeletal disorders while reducing workplace injury claims. Proper ergonomics have been shown to increase productivity, efficiency, and the quality of work as well, according to ergoCentric. For example, the geoCentric chairs offered by ergoCentric provide versatile and adaptable seating solutions for all office requirements. Regardless of task or user, this chair is ideal for general office work and a multitude of other tasks and is adjustable enough to fit any user for proper ergonomics.

geoCentric chairs by ergoCentric will improve the ergonomics of any office.

Deskmakers offers a wide range of height-adjustable desks and tables for improved health in the workplace. Take, for example, the Hover collection of work surfaces. These desks and tabletops offer sit-stand solutions that allow employees to stand or sit as they work. An online article by U.S. News and World Report shows that standing at work offers many benefits including improved health. In addition, height-adjustable work surfaces allow anyone to adjust a table or desk to a height that is best for them.

Hover Height Adjustable Desks by DeskMakers offer sit-stand work solutions perfect for every employee’s needs.

If you are interested in learning more about office trends moving into 2020 or any of the products mentioned above, contact CORE (Corporate Office Resource Environments) at (520) 999-3470. You can also visit us online. Our commercial office specialists are here to answer all of your questions and assist you in building a modern, healthy work environment for your employees for years to come.

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Make Big Impressions with Your Small Workspace

By Angela D. Wagner

Maybe your small office workspace was planned intentionally to create a cozy, collaborative environment. Or, perhaps, you’re economizing as you plan to expand later on. Regardless of why your business is operating in tighter spaces, making the most of the premium space you do have can provide an opportunity for creative efficiency. With the right space-saving furnishings, you can provide your employees with a workplace primed for success.

CORE works with an impressive list of high-quality manufacturers to present a wide variety of options for every workspace and every budget. No matter what your office’s total square footage is, the experts at CORE can help you design the perfect workplace in any space with products to show off your business, its work ethic, and its style with complete functionality.

Reception Desks

These are the pieces of furniture that work the hardest to provide your office’s best first impression. Affordable with a top-quality appearance and ultimate function, DeskMakers’ Overture reception desk is available in many styles, sizes, finishes, and materials. This variety of options enables any business to leave a long-lasting good impression even when space is a concern.

The Overture reception desk by DeskMakers allows your office to save space while still making a terrific first impression.
The Overture reception desk by DeskMakers allows you to save space while making a terrific first impression.

Fluid Concepts offers a variety of reception designs to fit any size and shape of space your organization has available. One of the things we at CORE love most about the reception desks from Fluid Concepts is that they are offered in a variety of finishes and materials which means customizing your reception area from a complete corner desk to a creatively curved design is no problem. Additionally, the company focuses on using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.

Make the best use of every corner with corner reception desk designs by Fluid Concepts.
Make the best use of every corner with corner reception desk designs like this one by Fluid Concepts.

Another great manufacturer of small reception furnishings is Cherryman. Like the others mentioned above, this company offers a multitude of smaller reception desks to fit any space. Its reception products are available in a range of materials from wood and leather to glass top reception desks. Cherryman even offers the seating and tables you need to accent your small reception area while keeping things looking professional without busting your budget.

Reception desks can be small and functional while making a statement. Take this Cherryman reception desk, for example.

Small Worktables

For smaller office spaces, wall-mounted work surfaces are a terrific space-saving option. Peter Pepper offers a multitude of curvy and straight-edged wall-mounted worktables to choose from. They come in a variety of materials from metal to wood to match any office décor. With the daily use of modern technology from laptops to cell phones that require charging, the outlets built into these worktables make charging simple so there’s no wasted time searching for a place to charge.

Wall-mounted work stations are great for super small spaces that still allow employees and guests to get things done comfortably and conveniently.

When training sessions are completed, reuse the space by storing these Drake inline nesting tables with flip tops from ERG International. These easily stored tables are on casters for maneuvering made simple. The small worktables allow you to use your smaller spaces with versatility, style, and complete functionality.

Inline nesting tables like this Drake table by ERG International make it easy to use, store, and go for multiple purposes from training to collaborative work areas.

Multi-purpose tables by HON are another great option for small spaces that require furnishings to handle working double duty. Whether you need your tables to be mobile workstations with a height-adjustable base or you need them to work in interactive training spaces, these multi-purpose tables can do it all. They are easy to move, reconfigure, and stow away quickly. Talk about smart furniture!

The multi-purpose tables by HON are an excellent option when you need tables that do double duty.

Compact & Portable Workstations

Perfect for smaller work areas, the Cloud Workspaces offered by in2design offers an opportunity for focused individual assignments or group projects. With its compact design, the Cloud is ideal for privacy but is also open enough for working with others. Your employees will love how the design allows them to transition quickly from individual tasks to group activities and discussions. Their small footprint and inviting oval shape make them ideal for small spaces.

Cloud Workspaces by in2design offers a stylish alternative to traditional cubicles in small spaces without losing functionality.

You might not be able to move walls to create more space, but the next-best thing is a movable workstation. The KORE Work Cart by Kimball® is designed for smaller spaces that embrace shared workspaces. This piece is completely adaptable, giving employees the option to work privately in their own space or move their desk with ease to work with others in a shared space.

Small, portable, and workable, the KORE Work Cart by Kimball is a great opportunity to add mobility to workstations while saving space.

Mobile Service Desks by TMC Furniture are ideal for healthcare settings. These desks are set on casters to allow them to move in and out of spaces, even small ones, with ease. They are a perfect addition to settings that change frequently such as patient waiting areas. They even offer calming images on the front to beautify your office or business while improving patient health.

Mobility adds to the functionality of this Mobile Service Desk by TMC Furniture. Add some grace to any area with charming front panels and store away to make space when needed.

Height-Adjustable Furniture

Design a work area that goes beyond mere cubicles with the versatile offerings of the sit-stand Equity workstation by Neutral Posture. It employs a panel-based system that is an industry first, allowing for modularity along a centerline and 90-degree and 120-degree planning that’s perfect for open-plan layouts.

With the Equity workstation by Neutral Posture, you can mix and match your employee set up to save the most space in your workplace.

Quiet motors raise or lower the height of the TiMOTION worktable by ergoCentric a range of 26.5 inches in just 17 seconds. This allows for a variety of specialty heights for comfortable work environments in small or large spaces. It offers a sturdy and economical sit-stand solution for even small work areas.

The TiMOTION worktable by ergoCentric allows your employees to move seamlessly from sitting to standing and back again without taking up much room.

AMQ offers height-adjustable desks with a standard push-button handset offering four memory presets to make getting the height for each employee just right. The adjustable bases fit three work-surface sizes so you can get the desk that offers a perfect fit for your available space. These desks promise quiet motors and can be used alone or added to others for condensed workspaces.

Even in the smallest of areas, you can allow employees the health benefits of height-adjustable desks like these from AMQ.

Storage Cabinets

For offices storing paper files in cabinets, Spacefile offers space-saving tambour doors whose shutters roll up to reveal files, then roll down for security. They also promise a clean, professional appearance, which is especially important in open office spaces. The best part is they are totally customizable to fit your specific space and storage needs.

Save space with cabinets by Spacefile that feature tambour doors that roll up and down.

Spacefile’s Roll-Away II & III systems provide laterally movable shelves in front of a rear stationary unit, none of which are mounted to the floor. This is a cost-effective, space-saving solution when it comes to meeting your business storage requirements. The mobile rows allow for tons of seamless storage in the smallest of spaces.

Small offices can be challenged to provide storage for personal items left out in the open. Not only can personal items create a cluttered, unprofessional appearance, but leaving items out doesn’t do much in the way of security. Footprint® Pullout Storage by Kimball offers secure, secluded storage that gives your team members their own area even in an environment where space is at a premium.

Footprint Pullout Storage by Kimball makes storing personal items, files, and more simple and easy without using a ton of space.

For healthcare environments, Alterna® by Kimball®Health offers modular caseworks that can be seamlessly added no matter your space considerations. This healthcare furniture adapts well to small public areas as well as clinical spaces and workstations. The caseworks can be completely modified to meet the availability of space in your office.

Capture wall space for storage that looks great with the Alterna modular casework series from Kimball.

Seating Selections

Small offices are often challenged to provide temporary accommodations for clients and other guests. HON Office Furniture’s nesting chair is a flip-up model that stores easily in a small area. These seats open easily to provide comfortable seating. Another perk: It sits on casters that make it easily mobile.

This HON Motivate stacking chair just one of many styles available to reduce space usage.

Safco’s new Cava collection offers desk and office seating with rounded lines, colorful and comfortable fabrics, and ergonomic options to keep workspaces comfortable and appealing. You can choose whether you want seating that is stackable or on casters for added mobility. There are a variety of styles ranging from low-back to high-back and those that are height adjustable for better ergonomics.

Cava Urth is one of many space-saving, stackable chairs available from Safco.

To allow employees to move seamlessly from sit to stand and back again, consider the variety of stools offered by Sitwell. Sitwell stools promise comfortable height-adjustable seating in a range of styles and colors. They can be used as a footrest when standing and don’t take up much room. They also sit on casters for simple mobility when it comes time to move to your next collaborative assignment or team meeting.

The variety of stools by Sitwell offer employees the chance to move from sitting to standing with ease.

Maximizing Desk Space

Those awkward 90-degree corners can become functional with RightAngle Products’ Create-A-Corner. These desks maximize your use of space by taking any such corner and turning it into a useable workspace using flexible articulating arms. With RightAngle, you can make every corner count.

Use that excess space in hidden corners to create more workspace with the Create-A-Corner by RightAngle.

Need to maximize every square foot of space atop each desk? The clamp mount monitor arm by National Office Furniture lets you get organized with a non-permanent installation. Simply use the clamp to secure the monitor arm to the edge of the desk and you have just saved yourself valuable surface space on your desktop.

For those in need of two monitors with little space, the clamp mount monitor arm by National Office Furniture is the perfect solution. Save that desk space for better things.

Optimizing small spaces pays off

Space challenges don’t have to mean giving up a professional appearance. You can achieve effective functionality and room to maneuver in your office for employees, clients, and guests regardless of the space you have. A wide variety of products and designs are available to afford even the smallest offices to look and feel successful. With the right mix of furnishings and products to equip your work environment, you’ll begin feeling like you’re already in larger quarters.

To learn more about space-saving corporate office furnishings and products, contact CORE online or call us today at (520) 999-3470.