In today’s world, it’s important to have an office space that functions according to your businesses needs and enhances the performance of employees. This is why the design of your office is so important and why design trends are constantly changing and adapting to the demands of businesses. With this in mind here are our office design predictions for 2018.
1. Unconventional work spaces
Offices all around the world are integrating unconventional work spaces into their premises. This design trend stems from the millennial generation who have a preference for open spaces and collaborative work environments. 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.
2. Bringing home to work
Also known as the Homestyle Comfort Design, this ties in with unconventional work spaces and is based around making offices feel more comfortable or homelike. Whether it is comfy couches and relaxed seating, game rooms, beer fridges, bars, fireplaces, showers and for larger companies, restaurants or cafeterias.
3. Biophillically Designed
More than a trend Biophilic design is a scientifically proven philosophy of our innate connection with nature and natural elements. It has numerous positive benefits and is about integrating nature through the building in the form of textures, patterns, plants and natural lighting. Examples are living walls, water fountains and more glass to boost natural light levels.
The WELL Building Standard and LEED Certification are institutions that help raise awareness for and implement the Biophilic philosophy and Biophillically designed workspaces continue to become more commonplace.
4. Dynamic spaces
The last 2-3 years have seen dynamic spaces rise in popularity – and 2018 will see this growth continue. Dynamic spaces are moveable, constantly fluctuating, engaging and can transform from a space for company parties and activities to traditional conference rooms or meeting areas. It empowers employees, giving them the choice of where and how they wish to work with flexible furniture to suit.
5. Incorporating technology
Many modern office furniture designs now incorporate technology through wireless charging, smart sensor technology, cable management systems, and easy to reach power points. Good technology should make the user experience in a workplace more enjoyable and implementing the right mix of technology can also enable better performance.