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Orgatec Round Up

posted by jono in Trade Fairs on Thursday, November 8th, 2012

So another Orgatec has come and gone and what busy fair it was this year compared to previous years – looks like manufacturers were really making statements about the contract office furniture industry in 2012.

622 companies from 35 countries from around the worlds exhibited at the leading trade fair for contract office furniture manufacturers.

So what were the themes/trends in Koln for this year’s event?

Office Desks – well White is still dominating the finishes for most manufactures and why not as it looks great whether bench desking or individual managers desks. We saw lots of desk manufacturers incorporating storage/seating and meeting pods to the ranges with some great lines that caught our eye from Officity. Again height adjustable desks featured heavily with sit/stand versions being applied to many if not all manufacturers portfolios.

Office Seating – we thought that mesh back task chairs was going to be featured less but how wrong we were! Some fantastic new lines from Interstuhl who had the largest and possibly busiest stand in the halls!

We also loved the new acoustic seating ranges from Loook Industries and Buzzi Space, which are ideal for ad hoc meetings/collaborative workspaces. New affordable contract seating lines for Italian manufacturer Cignini were also very interesting and we will be able to use for school or commercial seating projects.

For fun and funky seating we loved Globe Zero and Profims new lines in particular Hover from Profim ticked a few boxes for its quirky design and price.

Acoustics – large part of the show was dedicated to acoustics and most desk/seating manufacturers also had elements of acoustic screening/seating combined with new products. The hanging ranges from Abstracta were unusual and looked great on the stand. Almost a whole hall was dedicated to either the technology around reducing noise levels via electronic systems/devises or the physical sound absorbing screens, barriers, hangers etc.

Collaborative workspaces – lots of manufacturers with new ranges that blur the line with private and open work zones to facilitate communication dependent on the activity were in abundance. From Pods to enclosed rooms lots of thought given to how the workplace is having to change from pressures on costs for premises and also how technology is transforming businesses ways of working.

All in all Orgatec 2012 was very busy with some interesting new products due to launch in 2013 and it seemed to us visitor numbers were up on 2010 although after all the Kölsch that is hard to tell!