The State of the Modern Work Café

2019-12-11T19:26:02+00:00December 11th, 2019|Workplace Design|

The office café has come a long way over the years. No longer just a place to take a lunch break, modern work cafés have can be thriving destinations for people who need a change of scenery, whether it’s to take some time to socialize over lunch or to discuss a project with colleagues. 

An office cafe features Shortcut X Base chairs and stools from Turnstone with cushions and legs in shades of orange, red, and yellow.Shortcut X Base chairs are ideal for work cafés, offering comfortable seating and a lightweight design that makes it easy for seating to be reconfigured as needed.

With a comfortable, laid back atmosphere, today’s office cafés can act as an in-office retreat where people can step away from their desks, relax, and find their focus. Taking a break to improve productivity might seem counterintuitive, but it can help give people the fresh slate they need to solve problems and generate new ideas. When people are deeply focused on a task, being able to get away from their main workstation and relax a little bit is very often just what they need to recharge their batteries. 

People sit on Scoop Stools next to Simple Standing Tables in a cafe setting.In this café, people have the option of standing at Simple Standing Tables or sitting down using Scoop Stools.

Not only do work cafés offer a change of scenery, they can also offer people a much-needed change of posture. No matter how comfortable a person’s desk chair is, it’s healthy to get up, move around, and change your posture throughout the day. In many modern office cafés, it’s common to see designs that support a variety of postures through a combination of seated-height tables and standing-height tables. By providing this kind of variety, people have a chance to socialize or work however they are most comfortable. 

Two people have a conversation in a work cafe featuring a Campfire Big Table and Shortcut X-Base seating.Campfire Big Tables are available with optional pop-up power access, providing people with a convenient way to recharge their devices in café settings. 

As work cafés evolved into spaces that support work and play, it’s become increasingly important for them to allow for seamless integration with technology. Rather than relying on electrical outlets installed in walls, café tables that feature built-in power outlets make it easy for people to power up their electronic devices, whether it’s to collaborate with teammates or to catch up on some personal emails during a lunch break. 

Is it time to bring your office café up to date? Browse our full selection of tables and chairs to get more ideas for your work café, or schedule a call with our planning assistance team for more help designing café spaces your team will love.