In these modern times, an office furniture designer has more to think about than building desks and putting together chairs. Today’s modern office space demands a great deal from the furniture it uses and in an increasing number of cases the furniture and design is custom-made to suit the particular office space required. Businesses are realizing that by saving a few dollars here and there they are only storing up even larger bills further down the line.
One of the challenges facing furniture designers over the past two or three decades is the rapid way in which office space has changed. Primarily this has been as a direct result of changes in technology, with each new wave of technical development bringing in a raft of changes and new requirements to most offices.
The offices of the mid to later part of last century were generally ones which included plenty of reasonably sturdy but functional desks, with paperwork comprising the majority of the office business. With computers becoming increasingly important in any modern office environment, this brought new challenges in terms of designing suitable furniture.
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However, technology hasn’t stood still, and almost every year there are new products, new technologies and new ways of improving the existing methods. From cumbersome visual display units to smart, light flat screen monitors, from leviathan CPU boxes to snug little mini computers of today, and from trailing network cables to wireless networking, the shape and function of technology has often dictated the way in which office furniture should be designed.
Cheaper furniture doesn’t always provide as much adaptability and flexibility as the better-designed products do, even if you’re not thinking of having bespoke furniture solutions for your office. On many occasions, office managers have ordered desks and computers, only to find that the computers don’t fit into the desk space provided. In other cases, desks have been purchased, but when it comes to upgrading the computers the new machines won’t fit the desks, and so new technological advances have to be shelved, or alternatively the entire office has to be refurbished.