It’s no coincidence that the corporate office is starting to feel a little more like home.
Assisted by modern technology, the line is blurring between work and home. Office furniture today is feeling a touch more residential. Colors, textures, materials and style are all converging on a more relaxed, lounge, home office feel.
Office furniture manufacturers are rushing to meet the demand. Companies like Teknion, Knoll, Loewenstein and Jasper Group are now designing products that resemble living rooms, kitchens and home offices. These products use warm rich tones, natural woods and thoughtful lines to give space a more comfortable feel.
Remote working trends are on the rise. According to the Freelancers Union, 54 million Americans are working remotely. That’s roughly a third of the workforce! While technology has helped make this all possible, working from home is also less stressful. Under the right conditions, it can also be more productive. Dr. Ash Nadkarni, resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center, states: “Whenever a person gains a sense of autonomy, it significantly reduces feelings of helplessness.”
Creating a residential aura in the workplace helps bridge the gap between home and office. For those workers or businesses whose tasks prevent them from working remotely, there is a solution: make the corporate office feel more like home. For ideas on how to add residential furniture trends to your workplace, please contact an Environments consultant today.