Sep 19 2019

Coworking space: shared office spaces with style

The age of digitalisation is bringing changes to the world of work with it. Thanks to mobile Internet, new occupational profiles and the growing number of freelancers, flexible work that is independent of location is possible in many professional groups. This trend is also reflected in the selection of the workplace: coworking spaces are the first choice worldwide. Shared office spaces that are not only centrally located and meet all technical standards, but also offer a creative, stylish environment, are a must for many. Arper, Cor Lab and Blå Station show how design furniture can transform an office area into small oases of well-being

One room, many design ideas

In addition to the mega-trends of individualisation and urbanisation, everybody is talking about New Work. Current statistics demonstrate that the number of coworking spaces is increasing worldwide, and forecasts for the future also see positive growth. 

While in 2007 there were only 14 coworking spaces worldwide, there were already 11,000 shared offices nine years later. This is growth that appears to be unstoppable: already in 2020, more than 26,000 such commonly used workspaces are predicted.

However, how can the open-plan offices be designed in such a way that they become workspaces that can attract the creative scene? There are not many office solutions that address the requirements for modern, stylish, but also efficient workspaces. Creating open, dynamic, agile, smart, flexible workspaces that result in greater productivity and creativity is the goal of every coworking space. 

Companies like facebook and Google were the pioneers here. They were able to create a work environment for their employees in which they felt at ease and could freely express their creativity. Thus, for example, opportunities for play with furniture stimulate them to exchange ideas and make it possible to quickly and flexibly redesign a space for their own needs. This improves not only the work climate, but also cooperation.

Attractive interior design also aims to make it more attractive for employees to stay at the office longer without watching the clock. The furnishing of the property offers the most varied solutions for providing large rooms with structure. Single work spaces, as well as group worktables and conference rooms are realised in "miniature format". Examples of this are provided by Arper, with the "Cila Go" collection, Cor with the "Cor Lab" brand or Blå Station with the sofa system "Bob Job".

Stylish and practical 

"Cila Go", from the Italian company Arper, convinces in particular with its sophisticated and futuristic design. The chairs are mobile workspaces that are especially conceived of for group work, but also provide the possibility of creating a workspace beyond the open-plan office. The mobile seats can be used together as desired – depending upon the size of the group. The chairs have collapsible tables and storage space beneath the seat. Here there is space for the laptop, etc. 

The Cor company is embarking on new paths with the "Cor Lab" collection. With "Cor Lab", the experts for home furniture have created a collection of office furniture that meets the new requirements for the modern world of work. The "Floater" sofa, designed by the Frenchwoman Pauline Deltour, is, for example, a sofa and workspace in one. 

High rests on the sides and back make "Floater" a place of refuge for discussions. There is enough storage space beneath the seat – power sockets, a USB connection and a small table are attached to the sides of the "work sofa". 

"Bob Job", from the Swedish company Blå Station, addresses many wishes of the user and can be individually configured at the PC. All seating surfaces can be freely combined with one another with privacy and noise barriers. 

This results in individual islands that can be used for working in the group, alone or for meetings. "Bob Job" can be equipped with small side tables, USB connections, power sockets and appropriate lighting. 

Work in the future

The innovations of today influence tomorrow's world of work. This is primarily evident in increasing digitalisation. Digital natives want a modern work environment and a healthy work-life balance. The current mega-trend of New Work and the growing number of coworking spaces are only the beginning, and the question of how we will work in future is far from having been answered. 

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