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New office furnishing trends

This year is full of many new trends in office furnishing, a place where people often spend a large part of their day. For this reason, it makes sense to furnish it with care in all aspects, including design accessories.

One of the aspects that is given a lot of importance lately, when deciding to furnish an office with Italian office furniture is the choice of colours, which are able to influence human moods and perceptions and make working environments more or less comfortable.
In 2022, neutral tones of natural colours that convey relaxation, tranquillity and energy are making their mark. Among these is the popular olive green used for walls and office furniture, which brings a new touch to the daily routine, gives positivity and naturalness. An alternative to green is currently soft beige, which is often used as a backdrop for more unusual furnishing elements. Blue and yellow are also trendy colours in office furniture. They create a chic and refined ambience but are also energetic and positive, conveying a lot of confidence.
Many architects who design modern offices, opt for the combination of the colour white with wood to create environments with a minimal, elegant and contemporary style!

So go ahead with neutral colours that evoke natural elements, increasing the good mood in the office and consequently the productivity levels of workers, improving attention, motivation and security. This is how being ‘green’ literally and figuratively takes hold.
The colours you choose also influence the style in which you want to furnish your office. An evergreen is classic furnishing in which furniture with strong colours is chosen to create an influential and reliable environment. The modern style, on the other hand, prefers bold or softer colours to create a minimalist and refined ambience, also using cutting-edge materials, more or less expensive, that look at industrial design, with modular furniture in dark colours and metal structures with wooden tops that are both beautiful to look at and practical to use.
Wood, metal and glass are the materials that, combined or chosen individually, give an office an up-to-date look; these materials are joined by leather for the armchairs and iron accessories, which are essential for this type of office.
Materials such as wood and glass in an office, are practical and functional, and by creating simple lines give a refined look.

Whatever stylistic trend you choose when furnishing your office, it is essential to maintain homogeneity and consistency between colours and materials. Office furnishings, which are often not considered important, must instead be carefully selected to match the furnishings and create a sense of stylistic uniformity. Among the furnishing complements that fit well with any style are the office accessories by Caimi Brevetti such as: coat hangers, baskets, umbrella stands and desk accessories, designed for collective environments that stand out thanks to a design able to satisfy different demands in terms of personal taste and use. Objects suitable for small or large spaces, with minimalist or high-impact. Then there are the glass mirrors by Fiam that create refined environments, or the extravagant vases by Serralunga in the most varied colours and shapes that make work environments energetic and welcoming.

The guarantee of Made in Italy acts as a trait d’union between the different stylistic choices. The care and perennial drive for innovation and quality materials make Made in Italy something that few would give up.

How to furnish the modern conference room

We have spent the last two years without being able to use what has always been the nerve center of an office: the meeting room. The room in which relationships are built with the team, customers or business partners, the room that frames important decisions for the company and serves as a business card, along with the reception.

Now that activities are resuming the regular course, even the meeting room is once again an important and necessary place for the office. Of course, however, the measures to be adopted have changed, we already notice this from what we see through the mass media. Meetings of political leaders, take place on precious tables but of considerable size so as to maintain important distances between the participants, impressive tables and comfortable chairs so as not to divert attention from the discussion. This is also reflected in small and large enterprises.

Meetings have always been a crucial moment for the activities of companies and they are returning strongly to be so, for this reason the meeting room should always be taken care of in every detail. Furniture through shapes and colors should have a positive effect on people.

Let’s see what are the basic elements to furnish a modern meeting room:

–  The table is the main element around which business strategies revolve. The dimensions depend on the measurements of the environment in which it will be placed. One of the new trends is the spacious table, which can allow people to be far apart from each other. It is usually placed in the middle of the room.
Other important aspects to consider for the table are: the power sources (often you connect to a computer, smartphone, and so on), the design, the materials and the finishes (there are for all styles, in wood, glass, laminate, leather, and so on) and the shape (rectangular, square, circular).

–  The chairs, must be comfortable, so that the attention does not shift to the spasmodic search for a comfortable position

Low storage cabinets for storing meeting materials

–  Furnishing accessories, which can enhance the environment and at the same time make it more comfortable. Among these the sound-absorbing panels, now available in colors and shapes of great design, which therefore combine the acoustic and decorative function; the technical office curtains for office, so that you can modulate the light when using screens and of course accessories such as coat hangers, umbrella stands, pen holders, baskets and so on.

The meeting room must therefore ensure maximum comfort, stimulate concentration and productivity, put people at ease.

Solutions for intelligent, interactive and connected office furniture

Great opportunities in terms of technological innovation enter the modern office furniture and community sector, thanks to the new io.T applications developed by Tecno in the workplace that becomes a communication tool reflecting the customer’s image.

Tecno was the first company in its sector to tackle the Internet of things, creating a system of furnishings interconnected with the environment which, thanks to a series of incorporated sensors, activate functions designed for the user and send information in real-time to allow resource optimisation.
Therefore, Tecno continues its technological path in the office world by combining concrete and “analog” excellence with the virtual and “digital” experience.

Tommaso Mosconi, General Manager io.T Solutions, explains Tecno’s path and its developments:
“We started from the most difficult thing, from the idea that a person can build his ideal environment through his workstation, a desk with incorporated sensors to know all his preferences. At the end of the project we understood that a sensor needs to be part of a system otherwise it doesn’t allow the collected data to be integrated and processed. After this experience, the research continued until the development of a software integrated with a smart building that makes the environment adaptable to the user’s needs (room reservations, meetings, lighting, air conditioning, etc.) and able to communicate with communication protocols for energy and access control, but above all a software that has the ability to integrate in an open way with all the other systems of the building.”

The new io.T project is linked to a new business model and space optimization that goes beyond software and hardware. It is a product that is the first to make a concrete transition from analog to digital.
The interactive features of io.T furniture can be updated thanks to the digital equipment that connects the activities of objects and people and thus allows you to establish performance and needs by bringing together different structural and personal factors. The advantages of an interactive furniture also allow to define the user’s tastes based on the use of the furniture: the movements of the desks, the height you select for the desktops, how they are used, etc. Furthermore, thanks to the data collection, it is possible to improve the product according to the user’s personal needs and even warn him if something is about to damage even before it breaks definitively; this naturally increases customer satisfaction and retention.

Io.T creates new opportunities and new responsibilities as well. The connected world, therefore, facilitates internal and external communication, activates remote control and allows the reduction of costs.

Luxury furniture in high quality leather and solid wood

Luxury furniture that satisfies a demanding clientele and lover of refined taste, excellent quality, attention to detail and reliability, our Mascheroni products are the synthesis of this and furnish executive offices of wealthy men, international companies, ministries, embassies, luxury hotels, restaurants, universities, cinemas and museums.

Among the many clients, Bernard Arnault, the richest man in the world, has chosen the prestige and undisputed value of Mascheroni furniture to furnish his personal office, preferring the comfort of the imposing Congress 135 armchair. Upholstered in fine leather and with a solid wood base. From this armchair emerges the quality of finishes and workmanship and the search for a refined, sophisticated and innovative design.

Other important and well-known companies choose luxury furniture to create unique offices of timeless elegance. Among these, the Silk Way West Airlines with headquarters and operational base at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan. Here our Mascheroni products have been used to furnish the executive offices of the top management, as well as the executive office of the airline’s CEO.

The presidential armchairs chosen for the meeting room are the Ypsilon Br, handcrafted seats designed to furnish luxury offices. They are swivel with high back, equipped with a 5-spoke base with high-strength nylon wheels suitable for any type of floor. These prestigious armchairs are adjustable in height and equipped with a tilting mechanism. The structure is made of solid wood and the upholstery is in natural cowhide of the highest quality.
The other furniture in the offices have been tailor-made by master craftsmen: evident is the undisputed quality of the refined workmanship of Mascheroni products.

New needs in the workspaces: goodbye open office?

Workplace needs are constantly evolving: spaces are changing, relationships between colleagues are drastically changing, and new opportunities are emerging.

Before Covid-19, there had been the spread of open spaces, designed both to reduce the spaces and to improve collaboration among employees, thereby increasing productivity. In addition, digital transformation had also played a large part in creating dynamic shared spaces, flexibility in schedules, and areas equipped for fast and stable connectivity.

The modern concept was made popular by early 20th century architect named Frank Lloyd Wright, who believed the design would democratize the workplace by tearing down walls both literally and socially. A few years later, designers and architects around the world promoted similar benefits, saying the open environment allows employees to collaborate more easily and thus be more productive. Unfortunately, unlike Wright’s original concept, which emphasized natural light and space between desks, today’s open offices are often used to cram more employees into smaller spaces. The effect has been a more distracted workforce.

The current Covid-19 emergency has certainly challenged the existing work model. The open spaces as well as coworking, full of people working together, are now seen as a potential health hazard, so agile working is becoming essential.

Sooner or later people will return to their offices and their activities, but according to a study carried out in the United States, 74% of managers believe that at least 5% of workers will request to work exclusively in smart working in the future. The reasons? Workplace safety, of course, and not least the so-called “pleasure of solitude,” as Professor Deborah Tannen of Georgetown University put it: “The comfort of being in the presence of others will be replaced by the comfort of their absence, especially when it comes to people we know relatively well. Instead of asking themselves, “Why do I have to do this online?” they will ask themselves, “Is there a good reason to do this live?”

The office space will need to change. From now on, it will be necessary to keep social distancing, use easily sanitized executive and operative furniture, improve air exchange patterns, clean rooms thoroughly and more often, and avoid meetings with too many people and work groups. It is no longer the workers who must adapt to the spaces, but the spaces must be adapted to the workers.

The logics of the office space planning change

Some people continue to work from home remotely, but many have come back to their offices and companies have had to take all the necessary steps to make their employees work safely.

It’s over, or rather suspended, the time of open plan offices, desks grouped together, conference rooms and common areas with many seats. The guidelines on social distancing require a minimum distance between chairs and desks.

All this, of course, has led to the redefinition of the office furniture, as it is no longer possible to be close to each other at work. In 2020, workspaces will be redesigned with a view to social distancing and furniture will undergo an evolution in terms of individual protection.

La Mercanti designs the companies workspaces. Today they are required movable walls, automatic doors without handles, spaced out workstations, redefined conference rooms, larger common areas and the movements from one space to the other are limited as much as possible.
To keep the right distances, more space is necessary, so all the unused spaces can now be used to position executive and operative desks. In places where multiple employees work simultaneously, removable dividing panels can be inserted between the desks, which can be removed once they are no longer needed.

The Italian company Flex has recently developed a collection of products in line with the needs of this time. It is an idea born to be closer to companies that need to adapt to the new regulations in order to get back to work in total safety. Combining design and functionality, it offers various types of protective solutions without interfering with the elegance and customization of each context: queue management columns equipped with sanitizers to mark the spaces, adjustable protective partition walls and lightweight space-saving walls to divide the rooms in a refined and elegant way. The open spaces must be easily remodelled, enlarged or in any case contain a smaller number of workstations.

To reorganize the office space, of course it’s necessary a company culture based on flexibility, trust and that works to achieve targets; it is no longer the man who has to adapt to his workspace but the opposite. It is good not to lose sight of the man in the social distancing, it is necessary to rethink the spaces and let people work together while respecting safety standards. So let’s supply the office spaces with furniture that promotes interaction and not isolation.

The desk and executive chair always remain the main elements of the office, as well as functionality, aesthetics, design, lighting and furnishing accessories must keep their importance in the workplace: working in functional and beautiful places makes the time more pleasant and productive.

Italian executive home office desk: the original

For freelancers and those who are enjoying the benefits of flexible working, working from home has become a normal and pleasant thing. No traffic to get to the workplace and no open office noises. In addition to these advantages, however, there are also some difficulties, one of them: to establish your home workspace, a home office where you can place an executive desk.

The executive desk has to meet the physical, work and space needs of those who use it. A recent study by Cornell University asserts that whether you work at the office or at home, there are five main daily activities: typing, using the mouse, writing, reading documents and viewing the monitor. For this, it is necessary to choose and use comfortable, suitable and design desks that facilitate the work and consequently the productivity.

To furnish your home with an office desk you should pay attention and rely on experts in the field such as La Mercanti, which offers the guarantee of the best Italian brands that combine simplicity, elegance, precision in details, refinement and all-Italian design.

In fact, Italian companies offer a wide range of functional, elegant and eye-catchingly designed executive desks that match to the modern or classic furnishings of a home. Some examples are  Wing and Fly executive desks by IVM and Fortyfive-Ninety by IFT, with their essential and refined lines, or Planeta and Noto by DVO, with their timeless style.

You can choose sit-stand desks with adjustable height, suitable for everyone’s physical needs, made in Italy desks in wood, glass, leather or lacquered; with regular or original shapes, with bigger or smaller dimensions. The important thing is to find the right desk for our home environment and our working needs

Science tells us that a coffee break is good for your productivity

A survey of European workers has revealed that workplace coffee drinking habits are shaped by time, taste, and the desire for a productivity boost: one out of three workers say they’re too busy at work to take a coffee break. The paradox in all this is that the very driver promoting focus and productivity is linked to the act of switching off, taking a short break, maybe even to grab an espresso coffee.

Roel Vaessen, Secretary General of ISIC, said: “Coffee’s often associated with the workplace, whether that’s in an office setting or on the factory floor. We wanted to understand more about workers’ relationship with coffee, given that there is some very interesting scientific research looking at the associations between caffeine, cognitive function, alertness and concentration.”

Cafeterias were regarded as a place outside the workplace until a few years ago. Now, with the development of increasingly worker-friendly workspaces, they’re being integrated into the office layout in all the modern office spaces: you’re increasingly likely to come across an open-plan space for chilling out as you get your espresso coffee.

Extensive research has shown that caffeine consumption is associated with an increase in alertness, concentration and performance. Many people will have seen first-hand the widespread custom of coffee in the workplace, whether in an
office setting, or in scenarios such as shift work in factories or hospitals. Coffee breaks are an ingrained part of work culture, and the phrase ‘taking a coffee break’ can be synonymous with taking a short period of time away from work to
chat with colleagues, clear one’s head or simply have some downtime.

It’s no longer a secret just how big an effect coffee typically has in kick-starting the brain, refreshing our focus, and on all those other things that help us feel switched on, as it were. Today coffee areas are designed with comfortable and design seating armchairs and sofas with modular tables furniture systems to create a place where you can still work, but in comfort, as well as read, unwind for a moment or have a quick catch-up, providing everything you need to perform your office duties.

Across every country, on average, coffee was the drink most closely associated with productivity, with 43% choosing it over other caffeinated and non-caffeinated options. Professor Peters noted this in the roundtable discussion, suggesting that having
work breaks with a reward (i.e. coffee) may improve wellbeing and productivity. Italians were most likely to say that coffee made them more productive at work (56%). Overall, respondents selected short breaks as being most likely to improve their productivity (63%). Finns were the biggest proponents of short breaks (75%), compared to just 53% of Dutch respondents.