After decades of stasis in legal office design a recent Knoll study reveals that economic, social and technological forces are challenging the contemporary law office environment as never before.
Consider how a typical day at the law office has evolved in the last quarter century:
- Lawyers spend more time collaborating on group work that takes place in war rooms, case rooms and other multiple occupancy spaces, diminishing the value and justification for legal suites, which are declining in popularity.
- To control expenses, law firms reduce floor area wherever possible, increasing the density of on-site record storage, asking lawyers to share legal secretaries and dismissing partners who don't bring enough business to their firms.
- New technologies have eclipsed older ways of working, as lawyers look to the web for research and communications, print hard copy editions of electronic documents, scan non-essential documents for electronic storage, use wireless technology and relegate the once proud law library to an interior location.
Give these significant changes it's no wonder yesterday's static law office is yielding to something new and uncertain.
Here's how Knoll and LCS can help
Knoll products cover the complete spectrum of accommodations for law firm personnel with modern products that are utilitarian, flexible and interchangeable.
In furniture systems, seating, storage units and tables, Knoll enables law firms to draw permeable borders around activities and equip private offices and shared public spaces for multiple roles.
A reception configuration from the Reff Profiles series by Knoll.
Consider the power of furniture materials, fit and finish to define the status of law firm activity. Morrison, Reff and Currents are furniture systems that project an upscale image that can be traditional or contemporary, standard or intensive in cabling and engineered for change.
Knoll and the LCS team understand this balance and have developed a reputation not only for excellence — but also innovation.