Tomorrow’s office furnishing will have to meet several more purposes than today: It must take into account the number of older employees that demographic changes bring. It must be able to meet the increasing demand for ecologically sustainable solutions, i.e.by increased use of waste materials. And it must be able to accommodate the growing need for flexibility and mobility that future ways of working will involve.
These were some of the messages delivered at a European press conference, held in London on the occasion of Europe’s largest trade fair for office furnishing – Orgatec – which will take place in Cologne from 21 to 25 October 2014.
A German market research shows that 64 percent of office workers are partly or very dissatisfied with the furnishing and design of their offices, and that the employees feel that this has a negative effect on their productivity and well-being. Similarly, an attractive workplace interior is considered to be a great motivator for office workers looking for new jobs.
There is little reason to believe that the situation is significantly different in most other developed countries, and therefore there is a huge potential for marketing of products for the modern office interior design, the industry says.
The organizers expect that Orgatec 2014 will attract approx. 600 exhibitors from around 40 countries. On the Danish side, 24 companies were registered by the end of May, including Four Design, Fritz Hansen, Holmris Office and Softline.
More information at www.orgatec.de