Collaboration and Connectivity Rule the Office
Technology has transformed how we communicate, though designers are seeking ways to still keep it real by making sure collaboration and connectivity, whether in-person or virtual, remain a priority. Formica Corporation took note of some of the latest high-tech, high-touch collections at NeoCon 2012.
Large square or round tables, where no one individual can be seated as a “head,” send the message that all who gather are equal.
In addition, built-in connectivity for wireless devices continues to be a trend, if not a standard practice.
New seating and table collections such as Talk by EOOS for Keilhauer, a Best of NeoCon silver winner, are scaled to enhance face-to-face interactions. According to Keilhauer, the angle of the seat and back, combined with the coordinating tables, positions people for natural communication. High backs provide visual and sound privacy, and low backs create more casual meeting places.
Other seating gives on-the-go workers the comfort of home, such as the new Hosu seating by Coalesse. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, this unique work lounge creates a comforting personal space to relax while providing integrated features for managing technology, such as storage pockets and cable pass-through.
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