The Modern Ottoman Empire



Ottomans are probably not the first office furniture pieces you think of when updated your interiors, nor the most ergonomic. However, with the vast majority of large offices containing open plan and collaborative spaces, they are the PERFECT option to pick-apart, easily move, and modify to suit your office colour scheme.


Dating back to the 1700's, ottomans were used by a Western Turkey tribe who's chieftain, Osman, led his men to declaring independence from the Seljuk Turks. It's said, that the tribe liked to rest their feet on a footstool found in their house or tent as they lounged. As time progressed, the once wooden 'Ottoman' that sat directly on the floor without legs, has merged into the padded, low-lying upholstered 'chair' that we see frequent modern office spaces today.


"Dating back to the 1700's, ottomans were used by a Western Turkey tribe who's chieftain, Osman, led his men to declaring independence from the Seljuk Turks. It's said, that the tribe liked to rest their feet on a footstool found in their house or tent as they lounged."

The ottoman was eventually brought to Europe from the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century where salons and social clubs caught the attention of the peculiar furniture. As these salons and clubs became popular, the ottoman also gained notoriety. Eventually, ottomans could be seen in residences and big houses throughout Europe.


Today the humble ottoman is much more than a mere footstool, and while it is probably not used so commonly used to rest our feet from long days and battles in the field - it could still be debated!


In the modern office, the ottoman has become an integral piece of the modern office, gracing the spaces of large corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Fox, Samsung, Coca-Cola and various university libraries (such as Deaken and Columbia) around the country and world as in the examples below.


Large businesses have included the humble ottoman as part of their commercial furniture culture, and embraced it as a uniquely multi-functional piece that can be covered in fabric, PVC or leather to suit their needs and tastes.


The additional benefit of such a solid piece of furniture, is that they are durable, and with the plethora of sturdy upholstery options available, there's no reason that this little gem can't be used as a staple in a hard-hitting area time and time again.


At Balance Commercial, we can provide:

- Ottomans in Various Shapes & Sizes

- Ottomans in a Range of Upholstered fabrics such as PVC, Leather and Fabric

- Ottomans for Various Rooms, Situations and Commercial Standards




The modern ottoman commonly looks like an overstuffed upholstered cube, hexagon or circle, that can be also be pieced together to form a longer, 'couch-like' surface, coffee table or spiral as required. Perhaps even mismatched and scattered around the room as needed.


Isn't that insightful?


If you're searching for that missing piece in your new office fit-out, consider the ottoman and utilise it as a seat or footstool to rest your aching bones after a hard days slog.


Want some inspiration? Check out our gallery in the 'soft furnishings' selection of our product gallery by clicking >>> HERE . We've got new styles arriving frequently, so make sure you check back in time to come, or reach out to our friendly team at hello@balancecommercial.com.au or on (03) 9761 4555


Have a great week,

The Balance Team


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