Requirements of founders

Young and flexible – furniture for start-ups

The sustained boom in the start-up scene offers various possibilities for manufacturers and traders who orient themselves to the needs of start-ups. When furnishing young offices, interior decorators, designers and planners rely on mobile and flexible furniture. In addition to the fun factor, ergonomics, acoustics and functionality should harmonise.


Oct 26 2018

Start-ups are very flexible with regard to the number of employees and jobs. The furnishings of the offices must be just as young, mobile and practical. In addition to interesting work, the fun factor is quite important in the start-up scene.

The appropriate furniture should therefore be functional and original, with strong colour accents, and not too expensive. Furniture systems that can be simply expanded pay off for young entrepreneurs. Manufacturers and traders that are familiar with the special needs of start-ups can profit from the sustained boom.

When equipping open spaces, good ergonomic and acoustic solutions are called for that function without much effort. Short routes, quiet places of retreat and meeting zones should also be planned. In start-up offices one often finds wooden pedestals with colourful seat cushions for chatting, eating or a personal exchange of thoughts.

A central meeting point for the after-work drink can't be left out, and the same applies to playful elements for relaxation like a foosball table or comfortable beanbag chairs for chilling. The office premises can be easily and effectively provided with an individual accent through individual wall areas emphasised by colour.

Digital innovation conference with start-ups

In order to develop new potential in the interiors industry, the leading heads of tradition brands and start-ups met with industry influencers in a unique group: following the successful debut last year, the "Digital Interior Day" continued in the second round. On 24 and 25 September 2018, Koelnmesse and Digital Apartment were organising the inspiring digital innovation conference.

This year the theme of "The brand revolution – Back to the start?" has been addressed. In addition to motivating keynotes, practical, application-oriented lectures and the insights of well-known companies of the industry were on the agenda. The thematic areas of focus also included innovative marketing, customer satisfaction and new technologies in the home & living industry.

Pure design and strong colours

Ergonomic desks and chairs are part of the basic equipment for young programmers, designers or publishers. Thanks to the seemingly rough wooden plates from "Hack" and the colourful "Allstar" swivel chair, Vitra creates an experimental look that is well-suited to start-up companies.

With a only a few movements, Hack can be folded together into a flat unit and transported. Solid hinges that connect the three wooden plates of the table make this possible and also guarantee stability. The height of the tabletop is adjusted manually and steplessly with one action or using a crank. At the lowest setting and with cushions, Hack can be used as a sofa.

At ORGATEC from 23-27.10. there is a rich offering of furniture for working in teams. Many manufacturers have appropriate furnishing objects in their programmes – from flexible systems that can grow with the office to mobile items of small furniture.

Tables like the "T-Meeting" series from Bene, with practical storage surfaces beneath the tabletop, are suitable for standing meetings. Ideal here, for example, is the "Stand-UP" seating object from Wilkhahn, which promotes dynamic sitting and strengthens the back.

With it, the user assumes a half standing, half seated position. A carrying handle makes the sculptural stool mobile. It is available in brilliant colours ranging from red to turquoise. The general rule here too is that ergonomics and functionality play an important role.

Systems and lights in industrial look

Modular furnishing systems like that of System 180 from Berlin create flexible storage space. It is based on steel pipes, with which shelves, cabinets or sideboards can be built. Suited to this are hanging and wall lamps in industrial style, for example, from Norr11.

For improving acoustics there are original products that at the same time serve as decorative eye-catchers – from geometric wall tiles of felt to mobiles of sound-absorbing textiles.

The Finnish manufacturer Yeseco offers environmentally-friendly wall elements of hemp fibre with recycling materials with "Still T". They not only reduce noise in the office. One can even have them printed with your own photo motifs and arrange them into an artful collage.

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