Office in the 3rd millenium … from the ’60s,’ 70s, Lorenzo David Overi

Office in the 3rd millenium … from the ’60s,’ 70s, Lorenzo David Overi

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‘Operational Offices: Office furniture desks: Office Cabinets, Stools, Executive Offices…  since years ’60s,’ 70s,‘80s have all changed in style, dimension and functionality’, says Lorenzo David Overi, Chairman, FORMITALIA Group spa

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Though, day after day, the workplace undergoes a constant change, the office today is a reality. Although constantly evolving, it is strongly influenced by the models of the past. ‘Operational Offices: Office furniture desks: Office Cabinets, Stools, Executive Offices…since ’60s,’ 70s, ‘80s – they have all changed in style, functionality and dimensions. Extendable shelves for the pc with accessories and modular parts are added at will and depending on the type of office, they are made in different materials and colours, always aiming for essentiality and practicality. 

Each employee spends at least 8/10 hours of her/his day sitting in front of a computer screen. To facilitate their comfort at work,  “ergonomics” evolved. Ergonomics seeks to improve human performance while embracing and designing around human capabilities, and striving to create even better and smarter environments that keep people comfortable, healthy, and safe. There are in-fact stools, chairs, footrests and also adjustable desks in height, which make employees more productive as against their earlier co-workers of 60s & 70s. 

The  futuristic desk  is characterized  by  a structure  with top,  complete  with electric  socket  tower and  cable tray,  and  sides  covered in  leather.  The chest of drawers  is in  briar with  black open-pore  finish  and carbon  inserts  with a  “shield”  handle in  nickel and  leather.  The president armchair  is  covered in  glossy black  leather with  a  matte finish  swivel  base on  wheels.  The guest armchair has  a two-tone  leather  upholstery and  a  matte finish  metal base.  The office is  completed  by a  cabinet  unit characterized  by  a structure  in briar  with  an opaque  black  open pore  finish  with upper drawers  and  sides covered  in  leather and  nickel  “shield”  handles with leather  inserts


Knobs, levers, handles, and buttons were applied to emphasise these new features a chair could provide to accommodate the variations among the working population.

A view of the Presidential armchair, important and comfortable, characterized by a structure in black ash with open pore matte finish covered in nappa leather. The base with wheels is in metal with satin gold finish.

Standards were created around the dimensions of the workstation, drawing from past applications of larger machine interactions, vision-screen requirements, and biomechanics. Not just functionality, but also  aesthetics were highly considered during designing.

Classy example of the Refined Swivel Chair characterized by a black ash structure with open pore matte finish covered in nappa leather. The base is in metal with satin gold finish.

Today, technology is the main factor and has radically changed the way modern offices are conceived. With the PCs instead of typewriters, the work has been speeded up and simplified. There is a considerable reduction in paper documents to be filed. Pens and paper notepads are being replaced by keyboards, smart-phones, tablets. Using Whatsapp, Skype, Wechat and the internet in general have made the displacements rarer and the information immediate and easily accessible in any part of the world.

A view of the very stylish and functional,  new Panamera desk characterized by an ash wood structure with open-pore opaque black finish. Top, 5-drawer fronts and footrest are coated in nappa. The body of the drawer units is made of Radica Titanium Oak open-pore opaque lacquered and the metal details are in satin gold finish.

The trend for executive offices are rather different. Top managers of today spend more of their time in their companies; the offices for the Chairman, for the Ceo’s are a “status symbol”.

Precious desks with briarwood, leather and metal details, leather armchairs, bar corner with kitchen and technological appliances and etc. are controlled by home automation. Every important office has a living room to receive their guests, a meeting room with all facilities, giant projection screens or even a home cinema. These have turned as the must-haves for those who want to show their power and social status.

If in the ’60s,’ 70s and up to the ’80s to store data, it was still typed, in the last few years with the arrival of computers, we started to save the files on the first data storage units. From the floppy disks, to DVDs to CDs, external hard drives, until today to save online, thousands, tens of thousands of GB of files saved in the “CLOUDS” …

and more to come….