Any company has a personality; a general approach to doing business that makes it seem almost a person sometimes. And if anything reflects the personality of a business more than its people is its office furniture. The traditional workspace that has been around since the 1950s, sharply divided into cubicles, side and corner offices as a way of expressing hierarchy has started to change dramatically. No longer do executives tower over simple employees; instead many companies opt to build their workspaces not around the idea of maximizing efficiency but, instead around the idea of maximizing creativity and creating a good work environment through its floor design and office furniture. Creative ‘brainstorming rooms’, direct, face to face meeting rooms consisting of recliners and bean-bag chairs and simple, functional executive offices have started to become the norm in business rather than the old teak and wood paneling law office design. Here are our picks for top 10 pieces of executive office furniture.
10. The Egg Chair
Egg or hemisphere chairs first captured the public image during the 1960s with the boom that accompanied the spread of new materials like plastic and ceramics to the object design industry. Best associated with super-villains in the swingin’ sixties take on James Bond, the Egg Chair is perfect for any ‘Benevolent Dictator’ or CEO with a sense of humor.
9. Bubble Offices
‘Bubble’ Cubicles are perfect for a regular employee because they can provide the same workspace associated with a cubicle with none of its oppressive atmosphere. But a Bubble Office? Why Not? At its best the ‘bubble’ represents openness so why not enclose the manager’s office in a bubble instead of brick and mortar walls. The willingness of an executive to renounce his privacy for the sake of openness goes a long way towards creating the perfect intra-team relationship.
8. ‘Face to Face’ Meeting Rooms
While not a revolutionary concept, Meeting rooms in which the team doesn’t sit around a large table but near each other, face to face can do wonders for a company, turning each meeting into a brainstorming session. So ditch the old meeting room and plant a half dozen comfortable recliners face to face and let the creative juices flow.
7. Modern Minimalism
A cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind. So free your mind and desk and opt instead for a sleek, stylish design for your private office. Executive office furniture should impress a potential client or employee and a minimalist approach like the above is quite impressive.
6. Right Angles
Modern office design usually opts for one of two approaches in crafting a ‘personality’ for an executive office. One consists of organic lines, wood and bamboo with an emphasis on light colors and shades of green. The other approach is stark and minimalist, with right angles, black and shades of gray, and plenty of black and silver trimmings. Opting for the second one can make your office ‘manly’ yet modern. This solid black wooden desk exudes masculinity and is perfect for a up and coming tech company.
5. Centerpiece Desk
The executive office should feel like it revolves around the executive and nothing gives that impression better than a centerpiece desk. A centrally placed desk should be the first thing that strikes a person walking in, shelves and filing cabinets should ‘fade’ into the background in an ideal office.
4. L desks
Modern design seems to favor the L-shaped executive desk, as much for practical reasons (more room to work on as well as for stylistic reasons (it constructs a ‘wall’ of sorts, separating the executive from his interlocutor. Lately the trend has been to abandon one of the front-facing sides of the desk in order for the desk to be less ‘oppressive’ , less like a wall and more like a fence.
3. The Old School Office
Say what you want about wood, but it pulls off looking impressive flawlessly. While hardwood furniture isn’t exactly eco-friendly and a Mr. Burns joke or two might pass around the office, there simply isn’t a better way of looking professional and dedicated to tradition than in a library/office with a massive central desk.
2. Modern Minimalism, Take Two
This office does two things very, very right. It manages to look manly and imposing while maintaining symmetry and elegant curves and manages to blend modern design with a traditional look thanks in part to the wooden floor and wall details. It provides the best of both worlds: a modern look in a classic setting.
1. Centerpiece Desk Redux
This fantastic desk might not look as nice as most of the other ones and certainly doesn’t cost as much but it represents everything that a ‘flat’ organization aspires to be. Just pop this no-frills desk in the middle of an office (or even the main business area) and you have everything that you ever need at-hand all the time. There is even a small detachable table for direct discussions with prospective employees or prospective clients. This desm might not have muchform, but it more than makes up for it in function!