Designing contemporary office space can be a difficult task as the companies of today keep posing complex demands in terms of their office functions and operations. Interior designers who work on the front lines of workplace design need to be able to anticipate the ever-changing needs of business and create a cohesive product that embraces innovation, functionality, originality and a company’s corporate vision and culture.
Modern office design is driven in a great deal by rapidly evolving technologies and the demand for wellness-centred design. These spaces need to be both progressive and flexible, and they stimulate employees’ performance and enhance their workplace happiness. For that reason, the workplaces of the future are human-centric, dynamic, true to the brand and leave enough room for unhindered collaboration and personal growth as well.
Several years back, the trend of dynamic spaces emerged and introduced the idea of multi-functional workspaces that included lots of tech equipment, movable green dividers, indoor-outdoor access, and modular and movable office furniture. In essence, these spaces were designed so they can accommodate the needs of an increasingly multidisciplinary business world.
Since those days, multi-purpose workspaces have become the new normal paving the road to a new trend – dynamic flexibility. This design incorporates a brand new generation of multi-functional, moveable and ergonomic elements that can be adapted to any space or need. The basic idea is to make the most out of valuable property and that can be done by creating a space that can be transformed from a meeting room to a podcast studio, a production area or a quiet, semi-private workspace.
As companies continue to transit into a more human-centric, collaborative design, lightweight movable elements, adjustable lighting and technology are becoming a necessity and multi-functional, dynamic workspaces a requisite.
In an effort to create a cosier and more comfortable working environment, workspace design is turning to anything that can help make a space feel more like home. In that way, they become a more relaxed and welcoming place for employees who spend there a big part of their day and more conducive to working longer hours. These workplace amenities are also more likely to motivate remote workers to return to the office, make them feel more engaged in work and strengthen team morale and dynamics.
This fusion of designs has the potential to revolutionize the way workspaces are perceived and designed in future, so it is no wonder that progressive curriculums, as this master’s degree in interior design, provide their students with the basics of business design and teach them how to examine the current context of designing commercial spaces from a different, interdisciplinary perspective.
An open-plan office space is still here to stay but in the meantime, companies are looking for ways to ensure their employees also have a private, personalized space where they can focus on their work. This is where functional furniture jumps in enabling them to stay active, creative and highly productive.
What we’ll have as a result is a whole new design of benching workstations, standing desks, drafting tables and insulated phone booths, all with the aim of maximizing employees’ time in the office. The design is focused primarily on innovations that allow businesses to work smarter, more effectively and successfully.
One trend that has emerged in the process of transforming sterile working environments into wellness-focused community spaces is sustainable design. It dictates the use of recycled, sustainably sourced and eco-friendly building materials and puts emphasis on environmental conservation, technology-driven energy efficiency and ecological compliance with the aim of establishing a more harmonious relationship between our buildings and nature.
Taken indoors, this concept results in something completely different – environmental wellness. This is not an entirely new concept but more a trend that has been evolving and maturing, and in its present form, it focuses mainly on improving buildings’ performance and employees’ well-being.
One way of achieving this is through biophilic design which is inspired by nature and helps strengthen the human-nature connection. This design includes sustainably sourced wood and stone, live plants, vertical gardens, nature-inspired flooring and biodynamic lighting. Consequently, greenery in office spaces has become nearly mandatory today and it will certainly remain an undeniable design feature in the future of workspace design.
The current office design trends are already showing a great future of workplace environment – there is no one-size-fits-all space but rather one that is designed for the extraordinary business needs with the aim of improving both productivity and overall employee well-being.
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