Keeping pace with office spaces
Since 1969, Bourneville Furniture Group (BFG) has evolved with the times, keeping up with ever changing technologies and working styles to create comfortable, functional, and adaptable working spaces.
BFG works with many of New Zealand’s largest government, corporate, tertiary, and healthcare, organisations to provide furniture design, manufacture, space planning, project management, installation, relocation, and furniture refurbishment services.
BFG Group operates from a 3000sqm manufacturing facility and administration offices based in Onehunga.
The company’s Auckland premises were purpose built to house its numerous manufacturing and administration units.
There are five main manufacturing units at BFG: joinery, steel/engineering, upholstery, assembly. dispatch/installation and head office administration.
“With the diversity of our factory and having all our manufacturing divisions under one roof, we are a unique facility with the ability to handle and output large volumes as required,” says BFG managing director Clifton Webb.
“As a manufacturer, our environmental impact is always a concern at the forefront of our minds and we only use New Zealand raw materials in our manufactured product items, and all solid wood used is New Zealand pine from sustainable wood forests. New Zealand Tube Mills manufactures our steel, and our aluminium dies are held with Ulrich Aluminium.”
Clifton has been in the commercial furniture industry for 21 years. He says office spaces have really changed in that time.
“I came in when we were doing big corner workstations,” he says.
“They are definitely now an item of the past, and straight desking is the norm.”
Since office space has become more expensive and technology has become more mobile, BFG has seen a rapid increase in the take up of sit/stand user and electric desking, more straight desks and soft seating options.
“People can easily turn up to work and base themselves at a leaner or on a couch, plug in their device and get to work,” Clifton says. He believes future office spaces will be smaller still, and will feature more touchdown spaces.
“I still think people will need a place to come in to work, as interaction and feeling part of a team environment is hugely important,” he says.
“Desking will still be a part of the office, but certainly soft seating and touchdown spaces are where the industry will head in the next 10 to 20 years.”
Today’s employers are becoming more aware of how positive physical environments can impact on staff productivity and the ability for colleagues to work cohesively.
Comfortable and ergonomically supportive furniture can play an enormous role in staff’s ability to do their jobs well.
Ergonomically designed seating and sit-stand desking are becoming increasingly popular as a way to grow productivity, job satisfaction, and physical well being in the workplace.
“User adjustable desks are becoming electronic, and that’s a combination of affordability and employers listening to the ergonomic argument. In the past couple of years, we’ve started to do a massive amount of sit-stand desking.”
Moving forward the commercial office environment will continue to evolve needs.
Clifton says BFG is committed to evolve as technology and the commercial office environment evolves “That will be a competitive part of the market in future,” he says.