Time flies and it's now just over two weeks since the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week closed their doors for this year. This year, almost 40,000 people visited the fair and international interest is growing year on year. More than 10,000 international visitors from some 60 countries visited the fair over the course of the week. The fair is increasingly important as a meeting place for Scandinavian design and the number of international brands keen to exhibit is increasing year by year. This is great for all those involved in the industry.
But when I look back on the fair it's not the products or the brands that were on display that spring to mind. The first thing I think of is meetings, people and sustainability.
There was no shortage of evidence at the fair that individually designed offices that encourage meetings are the future from both a people-focused and a sustainability perspective. Many of the products on display were designed to encourage this way of working. One such example is the modular, flexible Fields furniture range from Kinnarps, which was launched at the fair and which is one of the cornerstones of the Next Office™ ABW concept. Fields creates opportunities for individual customisation of a workplace to suit everybody's different characteristics and needs. And, as Kinnarps itself says and puts into practice: ”People are different. Solutions are personal.”
The opportunities for creating a more personal workplace which both enhances our well-being and increases productivity are almost infinite – the only limitations are the requirements and our imaginations. We no longer have to create and adapt environments on the basis of technology – we can now adapt them to people and the work that they do.