We’re glad to share first impressions and comments, the “notes” from our team who visited Orgatec 2022.
Orgatec, the leading European trade fair for office furniture, is back “live” after 3 virtual editions …
Well, let’s go straight to the heart of the show.
What’s the main recognizable concepts and the megatrends of this edition Orgatec 2022?
HYBRID OFFICE – The key concept of the fair is certainly the “hybrid office”.
The pandemic has changed the way we work both at home and in the office.
The office then becomes an hybrid place, where there are less fixed workstations (the “traditional” office we used to have) and more and more spaces dedicated to teamwork, co-working, and the exchange of information both in person and remotely.
Modularity, reconfigurability, dynamism are the keywords of the hybrid office concept, where the focus is also on acoustics and lighting.
Technology is more and more integrated to guarantee participation for meetings in hybrid mode.
Co-working spaces are welcome, such as this system of benches and tables on wheels, with integrated multimedia units, which allow themed meetings distributed in presence / remotely.
Acoustic booths and separators to create small workstations, such as our products Walls and Oasis products, have also proved to be a key factor in the hybrid office.
Coworking is also carried out in more informal environments such as this:
Less form more contents.
Maybe products less tecnical and more intuitive as these workplaces are not meant to be used for the usua 8 hours on 5 days/week working.
The “hybrid” products that interpret the concept “less is more”, that is simplicity as an added value. below Se: air by Sedus
or D-Chair from Narbutas disegn by Baldanzi Novelli:
Lounge chairs, for moments of relaxation and privacy, such as Kate by Ilpo design and our Nidà 65:
Another mega-trend we noticed is about task chairs that offer an elastic movement of both seat and back.
This is a feature that we did not appreciate that much and that, after trying several chairs available, we believe has not solid ergonomic bases.
Below Toleo by Viasit, one of the various chairs designed by Martin Ballendat exhibited at Orgatec
In the stand of Famo and Dile, nominated as “the best at Orgatec”, the “Skena” chair presents an innovative 2D asymmetrical lumbar support, that is to say adjustable in height and depth. It is a concept developped by an authoritative ergonomic study, which we will discuss shortly on our blog.
The fair is, by definition, the place where companies perform. Materials and colors become protagonists and indicate trends. The neutral colors are clear and contrasting, ti bring out the objects dressed in bright colours or pastel shades. The quality and sustainability of the fabrics are the “leitmotiv, an almost essential factor for a sustainable future.
In the colorful stand of FidiVi, colors fill the scene. Their recycled PE fabrics, such as Sealife from plastics recovered from the sea, dressed different products in various stands of the fair.
In our previous post Mechanisms for office chairs we analyzed the main types of office chair mechanisms, reviewing the features and benefits they offer in terms of seating comfort and ergonomics. However, it often happens that the end-user doesn’t know how to use their chair properly.
For office seating the adjustable lumbar support is a well-established ergonomic requirement. Most office chairs offer this feature, which allows everyone to find the right support
Several customers recently asked us for clarification on the automatic mechanism for office chairs. So let’s see what is this type of mech and why it is so peculiar …