Perhaps school is preparing us for the real world, but not how you would expect. The office furniture designs seen in corporate settings and educational furniture layouts at schools have become strikingly similar. Is this resemblance just by chance or an intentional means to start conditioning us at a young age to a professional working environment?
When you picture a classroom, you likely think of matching school desks and tables, a podium, and large whiteboard at the front of the room. Very similarly, when you picture a workspace there are clusters of corresponding office cubicles and conference tables facing whiteboards situated at the front of meeting rooms.
OstermanCron has seen this parallel and wanted to look at exactly why this is happening.
Keeping it simple, there is a time for work and there’s a time for play or collaboration in this case. New studies have suggested that students have higher retention of information when they are engaged and working amongst other students. Although our old school picture in education systems is perceived as students silently sitting at their school desks working, today we more clearly picture group discussions, team work on smart boards, and a lively colorful classroom. Sleek school classroom furniture positioned in certain ways throughout classrooms helps to make these interactions natural and productive.
Kimball Office’s new addition to classroom furniture, Learn, offers sliding whiteboards, writable table surface, and multiple monitors that create spaces to share ideas and provide optimal viewing for any position in a classroom configuration.
While office partitions are a heavy factor in the “quiet time” of the workplace; the trend of modular furniture encouraging meetings and a gatherings has become the trend that is here to stay in office design.