A review of Orgatec 2018

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It’s clear to see from our recent visit to the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, Germany, why the event – the largest of its type in the world – remains the number 1 platform for trendsetting in office interiors and a magnet for exhibiting companies….

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It’s clear to see from our recent visit to the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, Germany, why the event – the largest of its type in the world – remains the number 1 platform for trendsetting in office interiors and a magnet for exhibiting companies and visitors alike. Where some high profile trade shows have lost their spark in recent years, Orgatec is definitely ‘alive and kicking’ with some 760 exhibitors showcasing their products and over 60,000 international trade visitors.

The key trends

Unsurprisingly, Orgatec 2018 was all about ever changing work cultures, with flexibility a key theme: flexibility to quickly change the layout or use of a space, flexibility to collaborate and communicate wherever you are, flexibility to reclaim traditional office space for time away from the desk. So, products designed for multifunctional areas were everywhere, always pushing creative boundaries further and experimenting with shapes and finishes – seating booths, meeting pods, personal storage lockers but also telephone booths, open shelving systems, meeting and office enclosures …

Wellbeing featured heavily too, something that was already a defining trend of the last event in 2016. Sit-stand workstations and tables are becoming more and more widely adopted as a solution to counteract some of the health risks of sedentary office work, and some of the best examples were on show, as were more dynamic seating options focusing on balance, strengthening the muscles and relieving the spine. For us though, the move towards a quieter, more peaceful office really stood out. Whilst more open, collaborative offices encourage better exchange and communication, they come with the challenge of how to maintain good levels of privacy and sound insulation. Many exhibitors were showcasing their acoustic solutions, from wall-mounted and mobile panel systems or more adaptable acoustic bricks to sound absorbing ceiling hanging panels, light fittings, floor finishes, ‘room in room’ concepts and more.

Seating and phone booths at Orgatec

Our personal favourites

We took so much away from the show that picking particular highlights may seem a bit of an impossible task. Belgian company BuzziSpace’s various takes on workspace acoustics certainly impressed us with their BuzziBracks curtain enclosed modular room concept, BuzziMood moss wall panels tapping into the biophilic design trend, as well as their striking chandeliers and light fittings.

Connectivity and smart working solutions are something we’re always looking out for, and there was plenty at Orgatec to get our attention, with so many manufacturers making access to power, data and comms an integral part of their furniture – and coming up with new, smarter, more intuitive ways to achieve that all important technological harmony. We loved Spacestor’s ‘California cool, London design’ Phonebooth and SBS Mobilier’s Seat Box and Stand Up Box.

We couldn’t help but indulge in some of the more informal and playful product ranges displayed by a few exhibitors, such as ball sports inspired chairs, unique pieces made of books or corrugated paper furniture.

Orgatec never fails to deliver a great show. Yes, some of the largest companies were absent. Yes, there were very few exhibitors from the United Kingdom. Our overwhelming feeling, however, is one of excitement, with a refreshed creative and innovative mindset that will be at the heart of our future projects.

3 reasons being the rise of ‘resimercial’ office

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Love or hate the name, resimercial – the coming together of commercial and residential or home interior design elements in an office environment – is fast becoming one of the hottest trends in workplace design. Is it a fad? What are the…

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Love or hate the name, resimercial – the coming together of commercial and residential or home interior design elements in an office environment – is fast becoming one of the hottest trends in workplace design. Is it a fad? What are the benefits?

1. It’s all about wellbeing

When you think of resimercial design, the first thing that comes to mind has to be the use in an office of interior finishes and styles usually seen in homes. The choice of more daring, warmer, more natural or sometimes more playful colours, patterns, shapes and layouts contrasts with the safer, somewhat colder and more rigid styles traditionally seen in office design. This allows a greater focus on creating happy, comfortable spaces that offer much more than a desk and chair to sit at, possibly tempting home workers who feel isolated back into the office, with the ultimate goal of improving staff productivity and retention.

2. The age of the agile office

Resimercial embodies the move away from traditional office design and the need to reflect how people work. With the rise in home, flexible and multi-location working, the office is no longer a place where each space has a clearly defined function, a move taken straight from domestic interiors, where, for example, the dining room often is a family room, an office, a craft room … In new office design terms, this means providing spaces that people can work, meet and relax in, hence the increasing popularity of collaborative pods or booths, bench tables that work just as well as desks or as canteen tables, sofas with built-in power and data etc.

3. Getting the balance right

For all it draws from residential environments, successful resimercial design is about adopting a well-balanced blend of home and traditional office, not making the office feel ‘just like home’. After all, are piles of cushions, ornate chandeliers or shagpile rugs really cut for the office? Workplace furniture and finishes need to remain practical, durable and cost-effective. Here at Egan Reid Office Environments, we partner with furniture and interior finishes suppliers who have adapted their product ranges to take inspiration from the residential world and retain their commercial properties – proving that the ‘best of both worlds’ is the way to go.

If you’d like to explore introducing that ‘home from home’ feeling in your office, contact the team at Egan Reid Office Environments and get your project started today!

Design Assembly Manchester: Meet The Speakers

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If there is one professional development and networking event that architects, designers, facilities managers in fact all professionals involved in the specification of office and commercial interiors need to attend this Autumn, it’s Manchester’s first Design Assembly, held by…

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If there is one professional development and networking event that architects, designers, facilities managers – in fact all professionals involved in the specification of office and commercial interiors – need to attend this Autumn, it’s Manchester’s first Design Assembly, held by Egan Reid Office Environments and Edge Design at the People’s History Museum on 17th October.

Design Assembly includes CPD presentations by RIBA approved speakers and also offers the opportunity to engage with industry experts covering a wide range of topics pertinent to the world of working and interior design. Similar events have taken place all over the UK and we’re now bringing the successful format to the North West.

About the speakers…

Oliver Heath – Oliver Heath Design & Interface

Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in sustainable architectural and interior design. An author and TV presenter and designer, Oliver is a regular host and speaker at industry events and will be championing biophilic design, or how to design with human nature in mind, at Design Assembly Manchester.

Martin Kessell – Atrium Lighting

Martin Kessell has worked in lighting for close to 20 years. Fulfilling a variety of roles from components and controls support to luminaires sales has given him a strong and current knowledge along with the enthusiasm to educate on the subject. Don’t miss his presentation on unlocking the code of colour…

Sean Mccormick – BRE

Speaking on understanding BIM Level 2, Sean McCormick is a Senior BIM consultant at BRE, a guest-lecturer on Middlesex University’s BIM MSc course and has a key role in a number of European BIM related research projects.

Don’t miss out…

Come and meet our headline speakers, plus experts from Tektura wallcoverings, Panaz fabrics, Soundtect acoustics, Edge Design and Imperial furniture, plus our very own team from Egan Reid Office Environments. The event is free to attend, very flexible and designed to fit with your busy schedule, so you and your team are welcome to join us for the whole morning or just those areas you are most interested in. What’s more, architects will be validating RIBA CPD points, there’s a free networking lunch and participants can make the most of the day to have a wander around the renowned Museum (free entry).

Places are limited and filling up fast! Go to the registration page now to guarantee your place, and remember to share the event with colleagues you think would like to join us.

Egan Reid Announces Design Assembly Training & Networki

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Egan Reid, together with furniture designers and manufacturers Edge Design, is holding a free Design Assembly training and networking event for architects and designers on Tuesday 17th October.Design Assembly Manchester is the first event of its kind to take place…

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Egan Reid, together with furniture designers and manufacturers Edge Design, is holding a free Design Assembly training and networking event for architects and designers on Tuesday 17th October.

Design Assembly Manchester is the first event of its kind to take place in the North West, coming to The People’s History Museum in Manchester’s Spinningfields from 8.45am to 2.15pm on Tuesday 17th October. Aimed at all professionals involved in interior commercial design from architects to facilities managers and interior/workplace designers, the event is based around a series of seminars presented by well-known industry figures including design consultant Oliver Heath, with accredited RIBA CPD points on offer for each session.

In addition to the seminars covering topics such as biophilic design, lighting design and BIM level 2 compliance, there is also an opportunity for attendees to meet and network with a panel of experts who will be discussing and answering questions on wallcoverings, fabric specification, acoustics and workplace design. Attendees are welcome to attend as many or as few of the CPD and ‘Meet The Experts’ sessions as they want.

“After the success of Design Assembly events in other parts of the country, we identified there was great interest from interior design professionals in the Manchester area for this type of event,” said Kim Findlay, National A&D Development Manager at Edge Design. “It offers a great opportunity to improve knowledge and skills and spark interesting discussions about where current industry trends and technology are going.” Egan Reid Managing Director Martin Reid added: “We’re thrilled to be hosting this unique event with Edge Design at the People’s History Museum and looking forward to welcoming the region’s leading commercial design professionals. At Egan Reid, we aim to improve the lives of office workers everywhere and believe that great innovative design is the key to enhancing business success and productivity.”

Design Assembly Manchester is free to attend, with refreshments and lunch provided. See the full programme here, or go straight to the registration page. Spaces are limited.

Choosing The Perfect Office Chairs

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When considering buying new office furniture, investing in a new office fit-out or moving to a different location you need to make sure that you do not forget the most important part of your office, the chairs.You want your staff…

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When considering buying new office furniture, investing in a new office fit-out or moving to a different location you need to make sure that you do not forget the most important part of your office, the chairs.

You want your staff come to work knowing they can sit on comfortable chairs, get on with their work and not have to worry about their backs hurting, their posture suffering or becoming stiff because of the chairs they sit on.

If you are considering a re-vamp of your office or simply looking for new office chairs then Egan Reid are here to help:

Desk Chairs Perfect for any Desk

The most important chair in the office is of course the desk chair. Providing a seat to your staff most probably from 9 until 5 means it has to be comfortable, supportive and fits under the desk.

When it comes to choosing desk chairs you can choose from wheeled, stationary, back supportive, curved or even straight back plastic chairs. The only hard thing is trying to get every chair right for each person so instead it could be a good option to try out the chairs yourself and decide which work best for you in your office.

Break Out Seating

Break out seating is necessary for offices that have lunch in the office, casual team meetings and space for people to have a break on during a long day at work. You need these chairs to be comfortable, relaxed and not as formal as the desk chairs are.

In this section of the office you can choose upholstered seating which comes in many different forms. It might be a chair, bench or even with a right arm that acts as a cosy corner seat. These seats are designed to be relaxed and offer as much comfort as possible away from your desk.

Meeting Room Chairs

The final area in which getting the office chairs right is very important is the meeting room. This is the place deals are made, teams discuss the plans for the future and discussions are had.

In this area you can choose from a variety of different chairs that offer something different to a very formal area of the office. These chairs include comfortable reception chairs and supportive boardroom chairs that will work perfectly in your office.

For more information on these products and to discuss your plan with a project manager, contact Egan Reid today.

When is the right time to re-fit your office?

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The New Year is in full swing, spring is on its way and it might just be the perfect time to start thinking about an office fit-out. It is time to get rid of that old, worn down and disused…

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The New Year is in full swing, spring is on its way and it might just be the perfect time to start thinking about an office fit-out.

It is time to get rid of that old, worn down and disused furniture and improve your business by improving office morale instead. No one wants to come to work in a place that is run down, needing some maintenance and not making the most of the space.

When The Whole Office Is On Holiday

If the questions is when is the easiest time to re-fit your office, it is when the whole office have decided to take a week off work to let you move all the furniture around before they get back. But we know that this really isn’t practical. You can’t expect your staff to take a full week off whilst you fit out the office with all new furniture.

Instead, you can rest assured that your project manager from Egan Reid will take away any hassle of talking to contractors, working out which date works best for you and having to organise moving day.

When Moving Location

Although an office fit-out doesn’t mean you have to move the whole office out, it can be quite disruptive to the staff workflow.You want to make sure that when you are putting in the time to improve your office environment it isn’t having a negative effect on your workload.

This is why re-fitting your office and opting for an office fit-out is perfect for someone that is moving location. No matter whether this is an office down size or upgrade, Egan Reid can find you comfortable, practical and useful office furniture to fit in with any space.

If Your Office Is In Need Of A Re-Vamp

If you simply know that your office is in desperate need of a re-vamp, you are staying in the same location but want to update your office furniture then why not. Choose from a great range of desks, chairs and storage units that can provide you and your office with everything you need.

For more information on an office fit-out visit Egan Reid today.