By: Rosamaria DiCristoforo
When it comes to design, modularity refers to the idea that a product is subdivided into a system that can be configured and then reconfigured in different ways.
The concept of modular furniture design is an old concept but is something that is still completely relevant in the design of spaces today, particularly, when it comes to office design. In today’s fast-paced and dynamic business environment, companies are becoming increasingly aware that they need to maintain a flexible workforce. By implementing modular design into office furniture, companies can easily adjust to the changes in their organization. Modular design also applies to the recent increase in ergonomic studies. With the growing consciousness of multiple body types, individual offices spaces can be changed to correspond with each new user.
Changes in the way people conduct business have led to changes in workplace dynamics as well. This causes environments to be equally, if not more, focused on collaborative work rather than individual work. The growing need for more group touchdown spaces is a concept that is generally supported by more modular types of furniture with mobile office partitions.
Modular furniture installation allows for the end user to easily take part in the design process. Once the product is assembled, the user can change and reconfigure the piece based on their varying needs at different times. Systems such as Kimball Office’s Xsite or Traxx allow for the traditional office cubicle to be something that can be reconfigured based on the persons working between each partition. Products like Kimball’s Dock or Priority allow for office desks to become modular, serving as a surface that can accommodate larger and smaller groups as well as change with the different types of tasks that need to be accomplished. People need to feel comfortable where they live and work. Companies like Kimball Office give employees the ability to personalize their environments for optimal convenience and comfort.