Whenever any law firm signs a lease for an office, they are typically in a 10-year agreement, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. During this time period, an array of things can change, including the staff, the technology, and how employees complete daily tasks.

The design of many of these firms may no longer fit the 21st Century work culture and that can really inhibit their productivity, Gensler Principal Bert Olivia told the Journal on Office Design Trends in the Legal Industry.

Movable or glass walls, in-house cafes, and digital archives are a few of the most visible changes because attorneys are also taking advantage of flexible work options like work-from-home or temporary offices.

“A lot of the trends we’re seeing is related to the way attorneys work,” Olivia said. “They’re studying the need for more flexibility in their work environment. Some firms are looking at expanding with glass front offices.”

Similar to the legal sector, design in general is going through its own shifts. Instead of thinking about function and form as separate entities, software is making it important to mesh these two aspects together.

“The idea that form must follow function, that’s out the window; it’s a tired cliché. A good object, a well-designed object, is encompassing,” Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art told Forbes Magazine. “It is unified, the material embodiment of a strong idea.”

These widespread changes, which now include technological adjustments, may come off daunting at first but not every aspect of remodeling truly is. In fact, purchasing different business furniture can come at a lower cost.

Law firms that are inquiring about additional furnishings to establish quiet and social quarters can benefit from lightly used office furnishings. These items are assembled and ready for use, which results in significant cost and time savings.