BFG one-step ahead with its evolved and functional NZ-made furniture

“Today’s office furniture is less about desks and more about meeting pods, meeting tables, leaners and soft upholstered seating,” says BFG Managing Director Clifton Webb.

The commercial office environment is rapidly changing shape, and its furniture requirements are almost unrecognisable from what they were before COVID. Since 1969, Bourneville Furniture Group (BFG) has been transforming workspaces and adapting to changing technologies and working styles with comfortable, functional, adaptable and sustainable New Zealand-made furniture.

BFG works with many of the country’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 3000-sqm purpose-built manufacturing facility and administration offices based in Onehunga. With joinery, steel, engineering, upholstery, assembly, dispatch, installation and administration–all under one roof, BFG is a unique facility with the ability to handle and output large volumes as required.

BFG managing director Clifton Webb says the traditional desk is nowadays the least of office fit-out requirements, with a new style of working environment brought about by COVID and working from home. During lockdowns, BFG was quick to react with a new line of kitset desks for customers to send out to their staff for their new home office.

“Coming back from lockdowns, people still wanted to work from home,” Clifton says. “We have been talking about the agile office and the ability to work anywhere for a long time, and COVID quickly accelerated that requirement. People wanted to come to the office to meet up with people and then go back home to do their work.”

“So today’s office furniture is less about desks and more about meeting pods, meeting tables, leaners and soft upholstered seating.”

As agile/hybrid working becomes more and more prevalent in the workplace, so does the need for desk booking technology and smart-locker storage solutions. BFG integrates this technology into its furniture solutions to allow users to book desks, lockers and spaces remotely, before heading into the office.

“Our customers are asking us to have a look at what they already have and give them a quote on refurbishing it, rather than sending it to a landfill.”

BFG customers are also seeking a more sustainable furniture solution as they aim for improvements in both the bottom line and environmental impact. Government, corporate and tertiary organisations in particular are becoming a lot more focused on broader outcomes and the whole life of their furniture.

BFG embraces this approach with durable solid wood products and growing joinery and upholstery departments providing more refurbishing and repurposing services. “In the past 12 months, we have really noticed that every dollar has to go that much further.”

“Our customers are asking us to have a look at what they already have and give them a quote on refurbishing it, rather than sending it to a landfill. They are very aware of the environmental impact of discarding old furniture and buying new.”

As a manufacturer, BFG’s own environmental impact is always at the forefront of its operations. BFG only uses New Zealand raw materials in its manufactured product items, and all solid wood used is New Zealand pine from sustainable wood forests.

New Zealand Tube Mills manufactures all of BFG’s steel, and its aluminium dies are held with Ulrich Aluminium. BFG’s manufacturing and operations are fully ISO 14001 accredited and Telarc registered for ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems, ISO 45001 – Occupational Health and Safety, and ISO 9001 – Quality Management.

BFG has a fantastic team of staff with a variety of skills to transform workspaces into productive environments that people love to work in. From account and project management to administration, design, spatial planning, installation and delivery execution, BFG will tailor a furniture solution designed around your business goals and workplace strategy.

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