Orgatec, the office and contract exhibition organized by Koelnmesse, returns to Cologne, October 25-29
Orgatec returns from October 25-29, 2022. The German biennial show dedicated to office and contract furniture has been missing from the international scene for four years as the last edition was held in 2018. Over the last four years, the international landscape has completely changed and the changes leading to digitization that were already underway have experienced a sudden acceleration. However, the last two years of forced pause due to pandemic have confirmed that people want to meet and to see the products in person. In fact, about 400 companies from around the world have confirmed their participation in Orgatec 2022; among them are some of the best Italian companies in the industry.
Inspired Hybrid Office
The upcoming edition of Orgatec will have a special focus on hybrid and flexible work, and on smart technologies for communicating and organizing modern workplaces. The two-year pandemic has greatly affected the way we work, creating new habits such as working remotely whenever possible. Many companies would like their employees to return to their old offices, at least on a part-time basis, but employees return to their companies with a new set of experiences and different expectations.
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It will therefore be necessary to find new work routines. Inspired Hybrid Office is the area where issues such as organizing the return to the office are addressed, from new dynamics of space distribution to new equipment. In fact, if employees spend less time in the office, desks will be used in a different way; also, there will be a greater need for devices for remote meetings and conversations, with video conferencing no longer intended only for an inner circle of executives.
Sustainability at Orgatec 2022
Sustainability will also play a prominent role both in the exhibition and in the many discussions and lectures that will take place during the show. Alternative and sustainable materials, and topics such as resilience and the circular economy will be the focus of the October 2022 show; the special Materials4Future exhibition area will feature solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of office furniture products.
Moreover, Orgatec 2022, with the Fraunhofer Institute, will also offer a symposium on “People in Spaces”, with the additional possibility for trade visitors to take part in several thematic tours led by architects. Lastly, in addition to conferences, congresses, and tours, for the first time Orgatec 2022 will offer companies the opportunity to present new ideas, products, and services for the digitization of the building and real estate industry. There, the best solutions for architecture and smart buildings will be on display in a space that will bring together professionals from the real estate economy, experts and established companies from the construction industry.