Office design trends are like all design trends; they change rapidly for the most part, although some central themes and preoccupations endure through the years. 2017 looks set to be an interesting year for office and workplace design, with designers coming up with some highly functional yet seriously attractive looks for modern offices. Take a look at some of the trends you can expect to feature heavily in new workspace designs this year.
- Integral Technology
Offices are increasingly being design with technology integrated into the design itself. Gone are the days when you have to struggle to reach a plug socket to charge your tablet. Desks are now wireless charging devices. Office furniture is designed with built-in multimedia technology like screens for video conferencing, according to Commercial People.
- Flexible Design
Nowadays work and companies change rapidly and gone are the days when an office stayed the same for decades. There is now a need for office design to be flexible, to accommodate more or less workers, to be able to adapt to changing priorities and to take on board the challenges of the global economy. Modern office design features different areas that can be expanded or contracted, and which can be used for different purposes.
- Designing for the Future
Along the same lines, office design in 2017 is also more about designing a space that will adapt to needs in the future – years down the line, or even decades down the line. With spaces changing so quickly and needs also changing, it is important that a building is future-ready in order to minimise excess expense.
- Well-Being in Mind
And one of the key trends in everything from flooring design to the design of office canteens is an emphasis on well-being. Designers and business owners know that people are happier and more productive at work when they are healthy and they have a good level of well-being. Many factors in an office can contribute to an enhanced sense of well-being and healthier workers, including lighting, office plants, desk space, breakout and relaxation areas, and health facilities like gyms.
- Design with Nature in Mind
And on that note, many designers are increasingly working with natural elements to create a more relaxing and productive environment. This can range from a few plants to actual grass and trees inside an office. It’s all about helping workers enjoy a healthier environment at work and feel happier spending eight hours a day or more in the space.
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