The New Workplace: A Millennial Designer’s Perspective

Phone booths are starting to flood the corporate workplace market. This soundproof model by ROOM houses ceiling fans and discreet airflow inlets in its floor to make sure the booth stays cool throughout use. Image courtesy of ROOM

The latest office furniture trends and concepts were recently showcased at this year’s NeoCon, a trade show for the commercial design industry, as several new (and retro) ideas made their way to the showroom floor. A young employee from MKDA, a New York-based space-planning company, shared that elements such as modern acoustical partitions to deaden sound and tech-integrated furniture were some of the cutting-edge design offerings, while phonebooths made a big resurgence. Though she seemed eager to incorporate the new design offerings into her future projects, she also shared that generational differences, tenant preferences and costs may hinder incorporation of latest-and-greatest for the next few years.

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