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Jasmin Najiyya Jasmin Najiyya ·
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ORGATEC, the leading trade fair for modern workspaces, took place end of October 2022. For one week, trade fair visitors had the opportunity to become part of the discourse on workspaces for tomorrow and experience products for office and knowledge work live. Where will we work in the future? How do we have to rethink workspaces? How will we organise work and how do we deal with current challenges? Digital transformation, sustainability, resilience and the desire to welcome employees back to the office more often are just some of the issues that companies are currently dealing with. So, what remains of ORGATEC, which topics will we take with us?

Humans come into focus

The fact that humans have moved into the focus of spatial design concepts could be experienced live by the fair visitors at many booths. In the future, more user-centred space concepts will be created that take people and their needs more seriously and develop office designs based on individual preferences

Not only community-oriented planning, but also more agile should find their way into the world of the office furniture industry. At ORGATEC, standardised working worlds and corresponding analysis tools were on display. New workshop and design thinking modules support prototyping and consistent trial and error as core elements of a more volatile and flexible working world. 

se:lab offers solutions for agile working. More flexibility is required to give free run to thoughts and ideas. For productive and creative work in agile teams. Image: Sedus Stoll AG
se:lab offers solutions for agile working. More flexibility is required to give free run to thoughts and ideas. For productive and creative work in agile teams. Image: Sedus Stoll AG
The WHAT IF WE FLY collection focuses on the desire to empower people to concentrate on their ideas using innovative and simple solutions. Image: Interstuhl
The WHAT IF WE FLY collection focuses on the desire to empower people to concentrate on their ideas using innovative and simple solutions. Image: Interstuhl

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The office as a space for communication and interaction

In times of hybrid work models, the reasons for going to the office have changed. While focused individual work is often done remotely, employees and teams come to the office primarily for communication and interaction. Socialising (oder engaging) with colleagues, developing new projects together in the coffee kitchen and discussing creative problem-solving approaches – this is particularly possible with modern seating landscapes, atmospheric event and work areas. The range of products offered in the ORGATEC exhibition halls were correspondingly diverse. Especially noticeable here were also many flexible elements that can always be combined in new ways and a segment that ORGATEC has hardly covered so far: furniture for outdoor areas or the transition between indoors and outdoors.

se:works seating landscapes can be individually configured and transform offices into places of well-being. Image: Sedus Stoll AG
se:works seating landscapes can be individually configured and transform offices into places of well-being. Image: Sedus Stoll AG
Flexible, high-quality seating furniture of the Com4lounge series, which won the Good Design Award 2020, enhance modern office landscapes. Image: Viasit
Flexible, high-quality seating furniture of the Com4lounge series, which won the Good Design Award 2020, enhance modern office landscapes. Image: Viasit
Well-shaped seating elements bring an atmosphere of light-flooded courtyards into workspaces. Image: Pattio by Forma5
Well-shaped seating elements bring an atmosphere of light-flooded courtyards into workspaces. Image: Pattio by Forma5

Focus on acoustics

When employees are asked about the stresses and strains of everyday work, poor acoustics in the workplace are repeatedly mentioned. With hybrid work and the switch between digitally supported communication and face-to-face exchanges, new challenges are emerging, especially in communication. Numerous ORGATEC exhibitors showed that many good solutions can be found with thoughtful planning. From acoustic panels and sound screens to sound-insulated concentration areas and meeting boxes, many innovative products were available for visitors to experience first-hand.

The Discreto sound-absorbing booth can be used as a retreat or meeting corner. Image: Preform
The Discreto sound-absorbing booth can be used as a retreat or meeting corner. Image: Preform

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Sustainability is trump

Climate change, limited resources and initiatives to introduce a circular economy are just some of the factors that are making sustainable office concepts increasingly important. At ORGATEC, visitors could not only get inspired by many domestic and European manufacturers or find out about the possibilities for recycling products that have already been used. The special “Materials4Future” area by materials expert Prof. Dr Sascha Peters also showed innovative examples of sustainable product solutions that will change the interior of workspaces and public areas.

However we will work in the future, hybrid, multi-local, virtual: ORGATEC 2022 made it clear how important it is to rethink work and to make spatial designs more user-centred and diverse in many areas. New perspectives, more versatile working environments and the courage to give innovative concepts a chance are needed in the office. With the spirit of a leading trade fair for the modern working world, ORGATEC has done just that: rethinking the design of spatial concepts and clearing the way for new perspectives.

Products are designed to be used, refreshed and easily reused. Image: Kinnarps
Products are designed to be used, refreshed and easily reused. Image: Kinnarps
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The special "Materials4Future" area exhibits innovative examples of sustainable product solutions. Image: Orgatec

The author has been a member of IBA marketing team since June 2022. As an expert in marketing and communication, she works for the IBA editorial team and deals with the latest topics and trends of the working world.

Cover picture of this article: ORGATEC