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Ambiente 2024: Office and Home Office Trends

Ambiente 2024: Office and Home Office Trends
Rendering. Courtesy of SIGEL BOARDS.

Ambiente 2024 highlighted a shift towards personalized environments and collaborative needs in the office sectors and a focus on space-saving sustainable New Work furniture.

26-30 January—During Ambiente 2024, exhibitors shed light on the evolving dynamics of workspaces, emphasizing the shift towards accommodating individual work styles and specific job requirements.

The emerging trend prioritizes tailored environments for distinct work activities and preferences. For those seeking concentration, the demand is for quiet and secluded spaces. Collaborators, on the other hand, require seating areas and dedicated team rooms. Moreover, creating a comfortable work atmosphere involves incorporating spaces for socializing, training, and relaxation, fostering moments for coffee breaks, business lunches, or simply unwinding.

The products showcased at the event mirror this new direction in office and home office design. They address the diverse needs of modern work and underscore the importance of space efficiency and sustainability in the realm of New Work furniture.

Deepwork Booth QUATTROdesk by Mute Labs

Mute Labs, a Berlin-based company with a five-year presence in the market, introduced the Deepwork Booth QUATTROdesk, extending its line of soundproof phone and meeting booths, known for undisturbed video calls, phone conversations, and meetings in bustling coworking spaces or offices. This innovation, an addition to their established products like the SOLO phone booth and the QUATTRO meeting booth for two to four individuals, features sound-insulating walls adorned with PET felt, maintaining an airy ambiance through glass walls on both sides. Noteworthy for its longevity during dismantling and reassembly at various locations, the booth is equipped with a height-adjustable desk, lighting, and power supply. Mute Labs’ products have gained recognition in German office environments, particularly at coworking spaces such as SleevesUp! in Frankfurt.

QUATTRO DESK. Courtesy of Mute Labs.
QUATTRO DESK. Courtesy of Mute Labs.
QUATTRO DESK. Courtesy of Mute Labs.

Introducing 45° LIFTable Desk by COUNTRY LIVING 

COUNTRY LIVING, a Canadian company with manufacturing facilities in Germany, unveiled its latest desk innovation at Ambiente 2024. The 45° LIFTable Desk introduces a user-friendly push-to-open drawer and a height-adjustable tabletop, combining minimalist design with functionality. The desk features a sleek aesthetic, marrying a multiplex plate with black powder-coated steel legs.

Set to launch in April or May 2024, the 45° LIFTable Desk by COUNTRY LIVING epitomizes versatility and represents the seamless fusion of form and utility. Proudly adopting the tagline “Born in Canada. Made in Germany,” Country Living, based in the picturesque town of Gusternhain in the Westerwald region, just an hour north of Frankfurt, has been a family business for 34 years. Renowned for crafting premium home accessories and design furniture, their commitment to originality, quality, and finesse reflects a vision that originated in Canada. This vision, initiated by Burkhard Wendel, a young cabinet maker, and his wife, a student of art and literature, continues to thrive as they produce exceptional products in Germany, driven by a dedication to social responsibility and innovative craftsmanship.

LIFT table coming this April. Courtesy of Country Living.

Acoustic Room Dividers & 100% Cork Accessories by Bi-Office

In its commitment to enhancing workplace acoustics, Bi-Office, a brand under the Portuguese company Bi-silque, introduced its new free-standing acoustic room dividers crafted from felt. These versatile room dividers serve a dual purpose in open-plan workspaces and home offices, functioning as both a privacy and visual barrier, while also providing acoustic comfort and shielding from external noise. 

Additionally, Bi-Office introduces a new line of desk organizers made entirely from cork, leveraging Portugal’s renowned cork production to replace traditional plastic used in folders and storage elements. This sustainable approach extends to acoustic wall cladding, further enriching Bi-silque’s eco-friendly collection.

“We also produce signs made entirely from recycled materials such as rice or food waste,” stated Strategic Account Manager Benjamin Albrecht at the fair.

Courtesy of SIGEL BOARDS.
Courtesy of SIGEL BOARDS.

Wall Boards for Agile Meetings by SIGEL BOARDS

SIGEL BOARDS, a German company located near Munich, has unveiled two upgraded editions of its office products, focusing on agile collaboration and teamwork. Both the versatile ARTVERUM glass whiteboard and the MEET UP mobile board system underwent enhancements in January 2024, making their debut at Ambiente.

The ARTVERUM glass whiteboard features a redesigned look with rounded corners, now magnetic and specifically designed for collaborative brainstorming sessions. Meanwhile, the updated MEET UP board system boasts a sleek black frame and enhanced mobility with its stand equipped with castors, allowing easy maneuverability within a room. Serving as a “single-use” version, the board doubles as a room divider for added privacy. In its “tent use” configuration, the board becomes a versatile tool, enabling writing on both sides and offering a 360-degree rotation capability, ideal for optimizing workspace in confined areas.

Bi-Office products. Courtesy of Bi-silque.
Bi-Office products. Courtesy of Bi-silque.
Bi-Office products. Courtesy of Bi-silque.
Bi-Office products. Courtesy of Bi-silque.

Tailoring Workspaces to Actual Work: A Lesson from Ambiente 2024

The key revelation from Ambiente 2024 underscores the importance of aligning working zones with specific work needs. Creating environments where people thrive and genuinely enjoy their work involves thoughtful planning and design, ensuring that spaces cater to activities such as collaboration, communication, deep concentration, training, socializing, and relaxation breaks.

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