Embracing The Change: Redefine Workspaces with Furniture Design

Southern Cross in Auckland needed to redefine part of their large office space for collaboration and focus working. Colosseum is flexible and configurable and fitted the scheme perfectly.

Colosseum at Southern Cross

In the dynamic landscape of contemporary offices, the evolution of workspace design has become synonymous with innovation, flexibility, and adaptability. As organisations strive to create environments that foster collaboration, creativity, and employee well-being, furniture design has emerged as a crucial element in shaping modern workspaces.

So, what are the emerging trends and innovations that are redefining commercial furniture design for the modern office?

Modular Workstations

Long gone are the days of static cubicles and rigid desk setups. Modular workstations are leading the charge in reimagining office layouts, offering versatility and scalability to accommodate evolving work needs. These customisable systems allow for easy reconfiguration, enabling companies to optimise space utilisation and promote collaboration among team members. From collaborative clusters to private focus areas, modular workstations empower employees to personalise their workspace to suit their preferences and workflow.

Flexible Seating Arrangements

Recognising the diverse work styles and preferences of employees, modern offices are embracing flexible seating arrangements that encourage movement and interaction. From ergonomic task chairs to lounge seating and standing desks, the emphasis is on providing choice and comfort to support various work activities throughout the day. Flexible seating solutions promote dynamic work environments where employees can seamlessly transition between individual tasks, group collaborations, and informal meetings, enhancing productivity and engagement.

Customisable Solutions

One size does not fit all when it comes to office furniture. Recognising the importance of catering to individual preferences and needs, commercial furniture designers are embracing customisation as a key trend. Whether it's adjustable desks, personalised storage solutions, or configurable workstations, or even custom-built furnishings, it allows employees to tailor their workspace to their unique requirements, promoting a sense of ownership and empowerment in the workplace.

Integration of Technology

In an increasingly digital world, the integration of tech has become fundamental in commercial furniture design. From built-in power outlets and wireless charging stations to integrated cable management systems and smart furniture solutions, technology-enabled furniture enhances connectivity and convenience, enabling seamless collaboration and productivity in the digital age.

Sustainability and Wellness

As organisations prioritise sustainability and employee well-being, commercial furniture design is evolving to incorporate eco-friendly materials and ergonomic features. From recycled and renewable materials to ergonomic seating and adjustable height desks and biophilic design and acoustic solutions, sustainable and wellness-focused furniture solutions promote a healthier and more environmentally conscious workplace, contributing to employee satisfaction as well as productivity and creativity.


The trends and innovations in commercial furniture design are reshaping the modern office landscape, creating spaces that are dynamic, adaptable, and conducive to productivity and well-being. By embracing modular workstations, flexible seating arrangements, customisable solutions, technology integration, and sustainability principles, organisations can create workspaces that inspire creativity, foster collaboration, and support the evolving needs of their workforce in the new work age.

Talk to us if you'd like help redefining your office using our range of biophilic, acoustic, focus and collaborative furnishings and lighting