NZ Office Furniture Design — Scandinavian Influence
There’s no doubt that the Scandinavian influence is enjoying a renaissance in NZ office furniture design.
Any recent visit to Nood or Freedom Furniture will reveal a strong trend back to the minimalist and clean lines synonymous with Scandinavian design. Formica, chrome and vinyl dining suites are all of a sudden considered highly sought after pieces rather than kitsch icons from the 50’s and 60’s that you might pick up from a garage sale for $30.
I doubt that anyone regrets the demise of the bog-standard slab end style of office desk that dominated NZ offices for longer than anyone cares to remember. Well at least not the the dull office grey or faux Tawa wood grain prevalent throughout so many of our workplaces.
Perhaps it was the emergence of strong, clean steel legs and floating desk tops, stripped back in their simplicity, that trumpeted a fundamental and long over due change in the way our office furniture is perceived, purchased and designed.
And those steel based desks and workstations, once the preserve of high-end corporate fit outs, have now filtered down as staples for the home or small office. Scale production has turned the elite to the everyday — in terms of affordability.
So what’s next in NZ office furniture design? Or rather, what’s now, as in what’s hot in 2015?
Uno’s annual pilgrimage to the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) in March reveals exciting times ahead for anyone planning to update their office furniture or conduct a new fit out.
Steel based desks are here to stay for quite some time, subtle changes in steel powder coat colour (think bright yellows and reds) are trending, as is the combination of darker wood grains to contrast with the ice-cool white tops and legs. Check out the Ultimo Series zena pine and white melamine mix for an example of this.
One of the most significant trends from MIFF is the introduction of finely turned wooden legs (once the preserve of minimalist dining tables and chairs) and now supporting large commercial desks, workstations and conference tables — a precarious balancing act that seems to defy gravity but just works so well aesthetically.
Another trend is the introduction of solid wood legs in place of steel. The cubist form is retained but the use of a softer material completely transforms its appearance and feel.
As a teaser, we’ve included some images below of furniture recently sourced at MIFF that we are planning to introduce to the NZ office furniture market soon. Your feedback is important to us so we value any feedback or comment you may have about how these pieces may fit into your office space. Let us know where you want to see NZ office furniture design in the future.