With the motto of ‘Creativity Works’, Orgatec 2016 clearly accepted the brief. Exhibitors made a clear move away from pure workstation or task seating ranges, to collections of collaboration and idea generation. The distinct focus of exhibitors towards, break out furniture, collaborative zones and active working environments saw collections of lounges, ottomans and low line tables. More formal collaborative areas such as pods and booths featured heavily. Our partner Forma 5’s range ‘Lets Think’ was a standout in this category.
Lets Think is an aesthetically simple and pleasing range of booth working environments that scale up in size and space, based on functional requirement. The Forma 5 display not only fit the stand theme, but the conference preference towards soft pastel colours and subtle textured fabrics.
Despite the clear focus on active work environments and break out areas, the evolution of the task chair remains. A highlight was the release of Kineo the ‘sister’ chair to the 3.60, a slightly smaller task chair, with new arm options that maintains the impressive orbital movement. Workspace is excited to provide Kineo exclusively to the market in the near future.
The other clear feature of the ‘creativity works’ theme was the expanded increase in whiteboards and collaborative wall spaces. Vitra as always pushed the ‘thought boundary’, with some various interactive zones, however the Kokuyo concept stand with circular interactive acoustic and whiteboards was enjoyable to both view and interact with.
Workstations and desking is always a feature, this year’s Orgatec was no exception. Whilst workstations and desking are often a conflict between minimalism and statement, 2016 was about tone and texture. Many exhibitors featured wood colours, with mid to dark range tones and textured finishes. Contrasting feature panels in gloss white, or small detail such as offset edging were distinct.
With Orgatec 2016 over for another two years, Workspace is excited by the new products we will be sharing with our customers and the Australian market in the near future.