Ancillary furniture has become one of the biggest trends in office design.

Ancillary furniture applications support us as work becomes more mobile and we transition from a traditional work zone – desk, chair, storage – to spaces that are more relaxed, flexible and encourage different ways of working. As lounge style furniture continues shift, enhance and expand the office design market, terms like “resi-mmercial” and “third space movement” are becoming more common.

Recently, our Boston Design Team Leader had the opportunity to attend both NeoCon in Chicago and the high-end, European-influenced International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javits Center in New York City. She saw a plethora of new and modern furniture that can expand the offerings for lounge style office furniture market, as well as influence our thinking about ancillary furniture and accessories.


  • Metallics: gold, blush, rust and black finishes
  • Natural materials: live-edge wood and leather
  • Velvet upholstery
  • Colored paints on wire bases for side chairs
  • More advanced height-adjustable benching with wire management troughs
  • Curved screens on height-adjustable desks
  • Slim pedestals with easy access to accessory drawers
  • Low storage walls for space division
  • Easy-to-maneuver agile partitions for unplanned privacy
  • Stand-alone quiet spaces

ancillary furniture trends, including painted wire legs for chairs

ancillary furniture trends - leather materiality

ancillary furniture trends - metallic finishes

What do you think about ancillary furniture? How can it benefit your workplace?

We’d love to help you design the next “third space” at your workplace!

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