LTD Talks: From Fixed to Flexible, the Future is Modular

Will modular style win the design battle of FF&E? Designers, fit-out and brand experts weigh in on their preference and what they see in store for the future of this product form.


It appears that the modular style, as a concept stripped down, is pervading major aspects of our existence. Homes are becoming modular, construction certainly is, the automotive industry has walked down this path for some time now, and furniture is fast gaining popularity here. With the new workplace, where flexibility is key, it may be that permanent furniture placement is less desirable, and multipurpose pieces that can be adjusted and transformed, are becoming essential to the daily workspace.

The Experts

Part 1: Modular or Fixed – which Style is winning the FF&E battle and why

Above from Left: Patrick Loechle, VP Marketing & Product Management at Interstuhl; Mariam Halim Kamel, Senior Project Manager at Al Tayer Stocks; Islam Abd El Aziz, Real Estate Development Manager at twofour54; Farah Addada Senior Workplace Designer at JLL Mena

Part 2: Does a modular palette make a designer’s job easier?

Part 3: We need to focus on usage and understand the culture of a workplace first

Part 4: The cost of furniture and fit-out are initially higher with a modular set up but prove cost effective in the long run

Part 5: Does a flexible workspace increase productivity

Part 6: Are there any cons to adopting a modular set vs a traditional fixed one

Part 7: So what’s the verdict?

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