2014: Haworth Openest Timelines: 2010s

Bouncing back from the recession, furniture industries underwent a range of mergers and acquisitions. One of the most dramatic was Haworth’s buyout of the Italian Poltrona Frau Group, which brought Spanish powerhouse Patricia Urquiola into the company’s ambit. With her first product for Haworth, Urquiola set the bar for this decade’s human-centered office furniture—bringing color, texture, and above all, a softer sensibility to the workplace.