Design trends in commercial seating

“No one space can support the changing ways in which people need to work today. People can fluidly shift from one type or work to another based on what they need to get done. We’ve blurred the ways we work and when we work. It’s time to blur the edges of what we’ve traditionally considered the workplace. Spaces that blend design and materiality without compromising performance can inspire new ways of thinking and fuel creativity.” Steelcase 2018

Ergonomics at work

The latest understanding of scientific research on health and performance demonstrates the importance of moving regularly. Movement of the whole body gives nourishment, boosts energy and improves focus. When healthy movement happens effortlessly, more energy is put towards concentrating on the working tasks. Overall, this means increased health, well-being and productivity.

This knowledge is reflected in commercial seating with the introduction of chairs such as the Buro Mentor and Buro Vela which use Dynamic Intelligence; a concept developed and introduced by Dr. Andrew Wilson, osteopath and ergonomist, which allows your chair to support natural movement around optimum body postures and self-adjusts for body weight and size.

According to Buro’s ergonomic specialist, Dr Andrew Wilson; “Ergonomics research has shown that providing an ergonomic chair and training people in good sitting posture can reduce pain and symptoms, and lead to increased productivity. Additional research has also shown that providing a dynamic seat that allows a forward tilt sitting position can reduce lower back pain.”

With health and wellbeing at the forefront of the workplace it’s becoming more important to purchase chairs and other office furniture that is the best quality. Buro chairs adhere to internationally recognised protocols and standards including, AFRDI, EN1335, ANSI-BIFMA, Green Tag & Green Guard. Ensuring that products are long-lasting, made from sustainable materials, are ethically sourced and can be recycled at the end of their lifetime.

Activity based working seating

Just as seating is encouraging movement, so too is the workplace environment. Workplace environments include multiple settings of quiet spaces and social areas for various activities so employees can sit or stand wherever they choose to suit their work task. Modular and collaborative ‘lifestyle seating’ is growing in popularity for a mobile workforce. Comfortable, flexible and reactive to different working activities, underpinned with key ergonomic features.

“Work is not simply a place you attend. Today Work is what you do. Working methods are changing along with technology and traditional workplaces are evolving.” Kinnarps 2018

Engineering & design

One of the most important design and engineering developments is quick assembly seating. With growing online sales customers are demanding assembly that is quick, tool-free and easy.

Domestic design continues to enter the commercial space more and more, as users want to feel more at home when they are at work. Quickly disappearing are the days of the formal corporate office, and that applies across the way we work, the way we dress, the décor around us, and the furniture we are utilising whilst in the office.