Shared and collaborative workspaces are growing in popularity. In particular, start-ups and technology companies are likely to invest in a shared workspace instead of committing to a lease; the benefits include opportunities to network and financial flexibility. Businesses across all sectors are also placing more focus on developing collaborative environmentswithin their existing establishments in line with a shift towards less structured office layouts.
“IT’S A LIBERATING MOVEMENT, AND IS IN PART EMPOWERED BY TECH. IN MANY ROLES YOU CAN NOW WORK WHEN YOU WANT, WHERE YOU WANT, ON YOUR OWN TERMS, JUST AS LONG AS YOU GET THE JOB DONE.”
[Paul Davies | CMO, Microsoft]
Often, shared and collaborative workspaces are spacious, and contemporary in terms of their furniture and décor – this contributes greatly towards their appeal. If you’re acquiring the furniture for a collaborative or shared workspace, consider the options we’ve put together below as a starting point. These examples have been put together with an understanding that a workplace environment should:
- Foster creativity;
- Bring colleagues together, and;
- Allow for flexibility in today’s increasingly connected workforce
Shared workspace furniture ideas
1) Industrial style office furniture for collaborative work
Stripped back industrial style furniture provides the perfect habitat for collaborative work. With plenty of space to lay out materials, a U Frame or X Frame Co-Create Table is ideal. Complement a Co-Create Table (or two!) with benches or Fero Side Chairs for a contemporary look.
In addition, Co-Create tables can be modified to include power solutions – should you require a meeting table to double as a workstation when required, a Co-Create table will provide the flexibility you need.
2) Blok seating for communal areas
For communal and laid-back informal areas, Blok seating is a comfortable and low key option. Blok seating can be arranged to suit the space available and create a relaxed environment for staff away from their computer screens and desk set-up.
3) Barstools for informal meeting areas or lunch areas
Barstools are a fun option for lunch areas and will clearly mark out spaces for eating and informal gatherings. Choose a brightly coloured selection of barstools to create a vibrant dining area, such as the Marine Barstool or Tagg Barstool.
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