Office Furniture Design Trends

This month we look at “Fashion Forward Office Furniture.”

With the 2015 awards season upon us (the Golden Globes red carpet is on in the background as I write this) it is all about fashion and “who is wearing who”. They are referring to the top runway designers who showed at Mercedes Benz Fashion week just last fall but the office furniture world has top designers of their own, that not many people know, as they do not get a 2 week showcase at Lincoln Center twice a year!

Steelcase and Coalesse have had some of the premier names in office furniture design collaborate on collections such as Hans J. Wegner, Jean-Marie Massaud and Pearson Lloyd. These designers study trends in workplace behaviors, environments as well as fashion to get ideas and direction for their designs. Coalesse has several pieces that have a more residential feel and can be more “fashion forward” in their design.

The fabric company under the Steelcase umbrella, Designtex, is always on trend with their patterns and color schemes. The company, like Steelcase, is very research-based and environmentally conscious. They too invite “of the moment” designers to collaborate on fabric collections for limited release.

Designtex’s most recent collaboration, with Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell of the British textile studio Wallace + Sewell, is a series of wool fabrics in saturated, oversized plaid. The large-repeat stripes and grids are inspired in part by Bauhaus textile artist Anni Albers and in part by Wallace Sewell’s London neighborhood.

The link between fashion and furniture trends is extremely close and fashion is usually a step ahead but furniture is catching up.  As we see fashion magazines project a color or pattern trend we can see it mimicked soon after in the commercial furniture world. Events such as Neocon in the Merchandise Mart located in Chicago, Illinois showcase all of the upcoming trends for furniture and fabrics.

Sleek furniture is always on trend and as Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

If your company is looking for the latest in fashion forward office furniture environments, AFD Contract Furniture, located in New York City, has a staff of highly creative professionals to help you create a corporate environment that reinforces your Brand, style and work place needs with unsurpassed service since 1980.

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