Wider management thinking influences office design

Office furniture design in 2014 is primarily focused on increasing creativity and adapting to new technologies, with an emphasis on employee productivity.

A lot of research has been done over the years which has given us insight into the complex relationship we have with our surroundings. Studies as early as the The Hawthorne Effect have influenced businesses to bring design into their management strategy.

Another thing to influence design is the economic environment,  businesses generally have fewer employees, causing them to focus on the efficiency of their office furniture.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorne_effect