The influence of furniture: connecting people to spaces

28 Sep 2018  |  Design

It might seem like a no-brainer that a business requiring office furniture goes to an office specialist, while a hotel fitting out a lobby seeks a hospitality specialist. In fact, what both clients need is a supplier who understands the role of furniture in shaping people’s experience of their particular environment.

Whether it’s a workplace or a hotel lounge, the task is the same – choosing furniture that defines the space and prompts the desired user response. In an office it’s all about promoting employees’ wellbeing and productivity, reinforcing the brand and impressing visitors. In a hotel it’s a question of guests’ comfort and convenience, encouraging people to spend money on food and drink and keep coming back.

In both environments furniture is crucial in defining functional zones, shaping impressions of the organisation, and generally making people feel welcome and cared for. In fact, the synergies between workplace and hospitality environments are becoming ever more compelling, as offices seek to deliver homely comforts and hotels exploit their potential to provide convenient coworking space.

It’s not the sector that’s important, it’s how the client wants people to feel and behave inside their building. Furniture is a crucial component in the way people interact with a space. Only a provider experienced in matching furniture to these more subtle functional and emotional requirements can hope to design a scheme that is truly rewarding.

For a more in-depth discussion of this issue, download our white paper The influence of furniture: synergies between workplace and hospitality.

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