Over the past year, our blog has covered some of the latest news, trends, and innovations in the world of workplace design. We look forward to covering all the new developments and fresh ideas that 2017 has in store for us, but first, we wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of the blog posts from 2016 which sparked the most interest from visitors. 

1. 2016 Office Design Trends
In January, we highlighted some of the workplace design trends experts were expecting to see in 2016. As the year draws to a close, take a look back at these predictions and see how accurate they were. Were these forecasts spot on or did they miss the mark? Were there any other trends that took you by surprise? 

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2. The Role of the Office in Fostering Creativity and Connection
Over the past year, a lot of very important research came out supporting the role office design plays in fostering creativity and connection in the workplace. If you missed the results of these studies earlier in the year, be sure to make some time to read through their findings. We think you’ll find them very interesting. 

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3. Designing the LessThanFive Chair: Q&A with Coalesse Design Director John Hamilton
One of the biggest events at Coalesse this year was the first order entry of our LessThanFive Chair. Made of carbon fiber, LessThanFive is remarkably strong but exceptionally lightweight. Learn more about the process of creating this innovative chair in our Q&A with Coalesse design director John Hamilton. 

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4. The LessThanFive Tattoo: Inspiration Through Personal Customization
Not only is the LessThanFive Chair strong and lightweight, the fact that it’s made of carbon fiber means its surface is also highly customizable. Earlier this year, our designers put the customizable nature of these chairs to the test. See how they “tattooed” the LessThanFive by taking inspiration from San Francisco’s tattoo culture and boutique bicycle shops.

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5. Café Environments in the Workplace Inspire Collaboration and Innovation
Over the past year, cafés became one of the most versatile and vibrant areas of the workplace. With mobile technology making it easier to work from anywhere, many people find that the relaxed, informal atmosphere of workplace cafés provides the perfect setting to inspire collaboration and innovation. Revisit this blog post to get inspired about designing spaces that function effectively as both a cafeteria and a collaborative space. 

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6. Work Café: The New Conference Room?
Not every meeting needs the formality of a conference room. Since café environments are so effective at fostering collaboration, it’s only natural that many workers would prefer meeting in the café rather than the conference room whenever possible. This trend has become so strong that earlier this year, we wondered if the café is the new conference room. What are your thoughts?

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