MID-SUMMER TREND REVIEW: WHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW?
MID-SUMMER TREND REVIEWWHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW?
It feels like only yesterday we were dismantling our Christmas tree, and here we are in mid-July. How did that happen?
With a flurry of fervent industry activity having taken place so far this year, and five months still to go, we thought this a good opportunity to take stock and explore 2019’s top trends across hospitality and workplace interiors.
So, without further ado, here’s our mid-summer trend review with pit stops at Clerkenwell, Milan and Chicago. Hold onto your hats…
Quieting the noise with acoustic solutions
Ironically, noise combatting solutions are something brands are increasingly shouting about. With open plan workspaces the most prevalent layout for UK offices, it’s perhaps no surprise that the British workforce is crying out for a quiet corner.
Thanks to ageing building stock, it’s, of course, not always viable to chop and change a working environment. And this has given rise to all manner of companies innovating new concepts that will slot into an existing space.
Whether it be a telephone booth – exhibited by the likes of SilentLab and Martela at Clerkenwell Design Week – to our own Kyoto collection of privacy sofas and chairs, businesses can get an effective solution without breaking the bank.
Taking this one step further are the manufacturers of micro-environments. OFS’ Obeya – Japanese for “big room” and designed by Roger Webb of Webb Associates, is a wooden framework that can be installed in offices to better ‘define’ open spaces.
Cosy home comforts
With home-working on the rise, businesses are wise to the fact that to encourage people back into the office, they need to provide an incentive for them to be there.
As Evelien Reich, editor-in-chief at ELLE Decor Netherlands aptly put it in a recent article: “When people work from home, it’s not because they have a better chair, or a better desk there – a lot of people work at their kitchen table. It’s more likely because they’re in their own environment. They know there won’t be any distractions, and they can play their own music, and have their own tea.” And we couldn’t agree more.
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