Though today’s modern office is more streamlined, less really can mean more. A uncluttered space reflects more light and increased mobility for both the occupant and her office tools, adding up to more and better productivity.
Technology is primarily responsible for the shift in modern office designs. The immobile desktop computer and printer required miles of wires and coveted desk space, which tended to create a cluttered and unorganized work station. A modern office is virtually absent of wires. Lap tops and mobile smart phones, along with wireless printers are portable, allowing the worker and his office to be completely mobile. And for those times when it is necessary to work from the office is required, the lap top needs a Wi-Fi connection and a small table to rest.
The banker’s office of the past decorated with dark, heavy furniture, heavy draperies in a room devoid of sunlight, reflected a brooding atmosphere. The beauty of modern office desks, chairs and conference tables are seen in the sexy, sleek steel frame designs or shiny chrome. Lacquer, chrome, brushed steel or light wood veneers are available for desks, chairs and tables. Conference tables of tempered glass continue the light, open feel. Ergonomic chairs are anything but rigid, providing comfort to the worker when sitting for long periods. Desks no longer require the worker to sit, and can be adjusted for the desired heights, for those workers who prefer standing to sitting.
Shelving units can also capture the light and airy contemporary look when manufactured from steel frames with lacquered wood shelves. Accessories such as filing cabinets match the look, a far cry from the old fashioned metal institutional cabinets of yesteryear.