Office furniture has developed hand in hand with the emergence of the office as a distinct and separate place and has evolved from more conventional furniture as a response to the different technological needs across the years. The original desk adapted from its origins in the gentleman’s study has needed to become smaller to fit into the office and environment, and hold more storage as files and paperwork grew.
For the modern office these developments have continued, if perhaps in a slightly different direction. As with all of the history of the development of office furniture, modern offices need furniture shaped by its function, but without neglecting form. The look of an office contributes greatly to a coherent sense of company style, and this as nearly as important as the more practical elements.
Modern furniture will work in tandem with modern technology, so desks may be smaller and more lightweight as the computers which sit upon them shrink to the size of laptops. Storage facilities also may begin to depart from the traditional as more and more of our “paperwork” never sees paper at all, but is stored on computer, or discs. What does eventually manifest on paper will more than likely have been printed, requiring the new office furniture to accommodate a printer, and the associated stores of reams of printer paper. Bookcases may feature less than previously in the modern office and the space saved may be used for whiteboards or large screen monitors. The look of the modern office furniture needs to complement the technology around it as much as it needs to provide pragmatic day to day utility, and the ideal contemporary pieces will blend the whole into a consistent “look” while ensuring that the necessities are capably catered to.
The modern office requires a combination of style and substance which allows the furniture to look attractive and professional while ensuring that the office is always efficient and easy to work in.