While we continue to wash our hands, stay at our homes and abide by social distancing recommendations; there’s still the elephant in the room — how will we, as a global community, prevent something of this magnitude from happening again? It’s our social responsibility, as a brand, to create solutions within our industry to prevent a pandemic like COVID-19. The commercial furniture industry needs to re-evaluate its choice of textiles and materials used in product designs. Antimicrobial fabrics and surfaces are quickly moving to the forefront of designers’ minds, due to their microorganism-resistant properties. Here are some examples of materials that can either lessen the spread of contagions or easily be disinfected:
Antimicrobial fabrics are fiber-based materials imbibed with antimicrobial agents, which have either been applied to the surface or infused into the fibers to inhibit the growth of microorganisms. This is not a new innovation, commercial textile manufacturers already have these types of fabrics available. For example, Mayer Fabrics uses silver ion technology to create their antimicrobial fabrics. This technology works to fight microbes in three ways: the silver ion can puncture the bacterial cell wall, the silver ion can disrupt and inhibit cellular respiration and lastly, the silver ion can interfere with DNA and cellular replication.
If antimicrobial fabrics are simply not feasible for a project, an alternative solution is polyurethane or vinyl. Polyurethane is incredibly durable, blocks moisture and is environmentally-friendly. Cleaning polyurethane is simple, just use diluted bleach or mineral spirits. Vinyl, another equally viable solution, is inherently resistant to bacterial growth. Vinyl is impermeable to moisture and immensely easy to clean, making it the leading textile in the healthcare industry.
In the coming months, we should all be cognizant of the choices we make as industry professionals. Choosing textiles or surfaces based on an aesthetic appeal is no longer an easy decision to make with alternatives like antimicrobial fabrics on market. Taking public health into consideration must be paramount. We design for commercial settings — hospitals, schools, offices, restaurants, etc. If protecting our community is as simple as choosing an antimicrobial fabric over a decorative one, then let’s do it. At Venue Industries, we are beginning to offer antimicrobial textiles as a standard option on all orders. Please contact us if you have any inquiries about antimicrobial fabrics or need a quote.
The problem to solve in 2020 is, ‘How do I turn my restaurant into a destination, not just a source of food?’. Creating an environment that is overtly Instagrammable is becoming a must. Restaurants are buying into pop culture trends and expanding their social media presence to capture the buying power of younger generations. However, a brand needs substance and not just flashy, digital prowess. Keeping quality in check, while maintaining a charismatic, enticing persona is 2020’s gold standard.
A multitude of factors can affect how long a customer will stay in a restaurant, or how likely they are to return. The key focus should be ambiance. The overall character of a restaurant is comprised of visual, physical and intangible counterparts. Furniture is a huge defining attribute of any restaurant. Restaurant owners need to be able to recognize trends and seek inspiration for furniture layouts that will provide the right feng shui for their clientele. Let’s jump into some furniture trends that we’re anticipating in 2020.
Banquettes & Booths
You know that moment when the hostess leads you to your table and only one side of the table has big, comfy padding and the other side is just sad, metal chairs? You and the rest of your party start bee-lining it to the booth side and the weaker of the pack settles for the chairs. Yeah, we know the struggle. Luckily, 2020 is going to bring with it the resurgence of booths and banquettes. These types of seats scream ‘luxury’ and customers will certainly appreciate the comfort. Booths and banquettes are elegant and easily customizable. There’s a variety of tufting options to explore. There’s the classic diamond tufting, biscuit button tufting, single-line tufting, vertical & horizontal channel tufting, and button-less tufting. All of these upholstery techniques can be applied to give your booth or banquette their own personality and add to the tone of your restaurant’s brand.
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The switch from minimalism to maximalism is coming, combinations of textiles and patterned prints will make it big in 2020. Textured tables, extremely detailed upholstery and mixed metals are expected. Bold, statement pieces, like these barstools, will be a defining characteristic of a restaurant’s brand identity. Multiple fabric choices will pair together to create visually indulgent and memorable furniture. Complementary organic and geometric patterns make for unique backgrounds for social media content and instagram-worthy scenery.
Another trend we’re seeing popping up everywhere is geometric, 3D-esque furniture. Bulbous chair designs with architecturally inspired frames are eye-catching pieces that work well on restaurant patios. Outdoor furniture is sometimes an afterthought or seen as less important to the main dining room. However, it’s sometimes the first impression a passersby will get from a restaurant.
The hospitality industry is evolving in such a way that demands the innovation of all aspects of eating out. No longer are restaurants places where you drop in for a quick bite, now they’re fulfilling more than just our basic need of hunger. Restaurants have grown into spots to gather, socialize, co-work and host business meetings. People are staying longer and the longer they stay, the more they spend. Finding the right furniture to keep your customers happy and comfortable is our main priority. Look no further than Venue Industries.
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Although open office floorplans may have a bad rap, don’t brush them off so quickly. They still have a purpose and can easily be integrated into ABW. Use that open environment as a shared space. Select collaborative furniture that allows seating configurations so they’re simple to arrange in a variety of positions and settings. Include cool ottomans, community tables, swivel arms with task tables, benches, casters or a swivel base, comfortable sofas, console tables, and don’t forget power options. Make this area spacious enough for teams to gather when discussing group projects but useful enough for individuals who either work remotely or freelance and only make it into the office a few times a week. The idea is to create a space that’s agile for diverse groups and people, promoting engagement.
Quiet, Please: Quiet and Private Spaces
These areas are for what the name implies…projects or tasks which require focus and concentration. Quiet spaces should be positioned away from open or shared environments so that trickling noise doesn’t create interruptions. Use seating pods and enclosed booth seating for privacy and quiet.
Just Lounging: Break-out and Lounge Areas
Similar to the collaborative space but not to be confused with it is the break-out or lounge area. This space should have comfortable furniture such as upholstered sofas, armchairs, banquettes, ottomans, and coffee tables. It’s meant for people to chill, converse, and unwind in a casual atmosphere. This environment can double as a collaborative area for colleagues to gather when brainstorming, hold a last-minute meeting or also be a waiting area for guests.
Every company and office space are singular to their culture and size, so obviously what may work for one company may not work for the other.
Before you begin mapping out all the great spaces you’ll create for your team with the activity-based workplace design, consider some “Don’ts” before you “Do”:
Don’t select the first activity-based workspace model you read, hear, or see. There are several ABW concepts, so be sure to explore all options before you decide.
Don’t make the commitment to go ABW alone. Speak about the pros and cons with your team to make sure they understand what is ABW and how it will affect their workspace. If you have a very large team or don’t feel comfortable talking about the topic, consider inviting a consultant to provide a causal presentation and answer questions. This way, everyone feels they’re included in the decision-making process.
Don’t lose sight of creating a better work environment that will lead to increase productivity and all-around efficiency just because a few people are not on board and may not see the bigger picture. Those naysayers will witness improved organization, sustainability, and overall effective space and will go from thinking this was a horrible idea to thinking it was the best idea you’ve ever had. And for those who don’t, unfortunately, you can’t please everyone all the time.
Don’t cut corners. Let’s face it, every business has some kind of budget when it comes to optimizing office space. Therefore, you should be mindful of the costs to transition from cubicles or a totally open floorplan to activity-based workspace design. You should also keep in mind to deliver what you promised your team. Meaning, if you’re too focused on cost rather than function, you’re bound to drop the ball on the ABW model. To change the dynamic of your office environment, you’ll need to go all the way.
Who got Activity-Based Workplace design right?
By now you’re thinking…sure this all sounds great and I’m ready to jump into an ABW design, but do you have examples to show me of other companies who have successfully adapted their space to the activity-based workspace model? Glad you asked.
5 companies around the world we think nailed activity-based workplace design.