Desks – the Classic Workstation

Some things are here to stay: even in modern office environments, the desk is more than just a work tool.

Team offices and open-plan layouts, co-working spaces and multispace setups or the classic cubicle solution – nowadays office workplaces can take a wide variety of forms. Over the last few decades, there have been fundamental changes in working conditions – and thus also in the working environment. But there are some things that are here to stay: it's hard to think of any other piece of modern office furniture with such a long tradition as the desk. Whether it manifests itself as a secretaire, lectern or table, it has been serving both as a place to read and write and a decorative furnishing item for centuries.

Whilst it has retained its character as a writing surface and storage space for work utensils to this very day, the desk has taken on a variety of new functions as well. As an individually designable workstation, an acoustic room divider or a communication island, it continues to cut a good figure in modern offices too. What's more, for many people in non-territorial working environments or open-plan offices, the desk also remains the last bastion of private familiarity: the place where they keep their personal mug, their family photo or the birthday card they got from their colleagues. And rumour has it that some people can't work at all when deprived of the productive chaos on their desk.

At the coming imm cologne from 13 to 19 January 2014, numerous exhibitors will be showing market-ready new products and design solutions for workspaces in the office or home – including various new desk models. A look at the latest products from exhibitors at the international furnishing show reveals that modern desks are just as varied as the office environments they are designed for.

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