Conventional workplaces are increasingly being phased out and replaced with collaborative spaces which encourage innovation, motivation and productivity. Millennials, coupled with the digital age have largely been drivers for this interior design change. 2018 will see this movement continue with the following office design trends predicted.
1. Unconventional work spaces. Offices all around the world are integrating unconventional work spaces into their premises. This movement stems from millennials, who have a preference for collaborative, open plan work spaces which bring colleagues together in unplanned encounters. These spaces can be anything from a living room, breakout areas or casual meeting rooms with bean bags, plants and greenery - through to snack bars or meditation spaces complete with yoga mats.
2. Bringing home to work. This ties in with unconventional work spaces and is based around making offices feel more comfortable and homely. Think comfy couches and relaxed seating, game rooms, beer fridges, bars, fireplaces, showers and for larger companies, restaurants or cafeterias. It’s about creating a workplace where people want to be and a little bit of home in the office does just that.
3. Greenery and nature. More a long-standing design principle than a trend, this is not just about adding a few plants here and there around the office. This goes much further, integrating nature through the building in the form of textures, patterns, plants and natural lighting. Think living walls, water fountains and more glass to boost natural light levels. Plants help with concentration, increase a sense of well-being and remove contaminants. This movement is particularly popular in areas where nature is not easily accessible, such as CBD offices in larger cities.
4. Dynamic spaces. This is not a new trend – the last 2-3 years have seen dynamic spaces rise in popularity – and 2018 will see this growth continue. Dynamic spaces are moveable, continually changing and allow different people to work in different ways to best suit them. These modern office designs appeal to employees, giving them the choice of where and how they wish to work with flexible furniture to suit. Co-working spaces will become more popular – for example, meeting rooms which are under-utilised could also serve as breakout spaces or quiet spaces, making more efficient use of space. More places to house casual, impromptu meetings will feature throughout offices.
5. Incorporating technology. Many modern office furniture designs now incorporate technology through technology ports, docking stations, cable management systems, and easy to reach powerpoints. The Silva desking range does this particularly well with options to add high end cable management and smart technology solutions such as electric towers for multi plug use. The Motion Office range features integrated powerpoints, making this soft seating range not only stylish but extremely functional.
6. The importance of colour. This will continue to grow, with businesses choosing furnishings and colours based on how they make people feel. Read more about how colours in the office impact mood and productivity.
Design has a huge effect on our state of mind, and can make us feel happier, more inspired and more productive. It’s vital to create an inviting and enjoyable workspace which staff look forward to coming to each day.
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