Futurescaping workspace design means designing innovative workspaces that tell your story. Workspace design is becoming increasingly more complex in terms of how offices function and operate in the modern business context. Designers on the front lines of workplace concepts are working to anticipate the ever-evolving needs of businesses while creating a cohesive brand environment that embraces innovation in tandem with a company’s corporate culture and vision.
As the year draws to a close, we are excitedly looking forward to the office design trends of 2020. Color, sustainability and inclusiveness will be stealing the limelight this year. We’ve done some research, and we’re now ready to share these industry trend predictions for the coming year:
- Vegan-sourced, organic and recycled fabrics with bold, clashing color palettes
- Environments designed with physical and mental diversity in mind and more focus on work-life integration
- Workspaces with modular, moving parts and more outdoor settings
- More solutions to combat the privacy crisis in open office plans
- A resurgence in informal working environments
Office design is all about opportunities. And one of the best things about opportunity is innovation. Investing in your talent by utilizing the natural agility of design has come into the workplace as one of the unsung heroes of office design. The very nature of corporate environments has been changing and becoming more fluid and conversational. Work is no longer confined to one space or one desk all day long. Collaboration has become the essential component to corporate success and office environments have evolved to encompass endless possibilities for people to connect.
With these trends in mind, and talent recruitment and retention still a high priority, how does your office design support more collaborative activities? Do you need more definition within the spaces that your team utilizes the most? How can you use these trends to build trust in the most effective way and drive up engagement levels?
Creating an enriched environment is all about invigorating the physical space. Space planning for an open plan environment is often overlooked as an opportunity to inspire, engage and boost employee performance. Within the constant pulse of competing for the same talent, finding ways to differentiate your business is essential. Creatively leveraging and communicating authentic culture, vision and amenities can elevate stark, impersonal open environments into innovative hives of collaboration and productivity.
The landscape of workplace design is an exciting opportunity for the innovative thinking and creativity of green design. No matter how corporate the culture, attracting and keeping top talent hinges upon the ability to adapt. Tapping into the same out of box thinking with your office design will create a destination that keeps your staff engaged and productive. Solid research meets aesthetic when dynamic design teams up with green design for well-being and productivity.
Engaging the five senses—sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch—that humans perceive the world can elevate your office design for productivity. Even the best employers, providing the best workplace solutions—ergonomic seating, height-adjustable tables, views to the outdoors, multiple break rooms—may be missing something huge. What about the color of the walls? The smells in the office? The texture of furniture materials?
Your office design should get a refresh every once in a while. A new year is the perfect time to take a look at the current trends and see what might fit your needs. Branded environments, color, natural elements, flexible design options, and even pet-friendly offices are making an appearance this year. Here are some trends to watch:
Agile work environments balance your day. The genesis of agile working is doing more with less. It is defined as bringing well-matched people, processes, connectivity, technology, time and place together in the most appropriate way to achieve a particular task or goal. It is working smarter, not harder to achieve the highest potential.
A collaborative work culture that strives to move away from the high-pressure work dynamic and into a more serene team building atmosphere is seeing productivity soar and employee turnover wane! As a boss/leader, be approachable and open to suggestions. But also be aware that rolling up your sleeves and participating in your growth will go far in keeping your team motivated. This is how a culture of productivity is best built upon for any success.
There are tons of articles out there on color in the workplace, but the proof is in the application. For me as a designer, color sets the tone of a space. If you walk into an office that is sterile gray with no pops of color anywhere to be seen you will notice that the people have a somber tone about them. You most likely could hear a pin drop in there! I recently came from such a work environment….and it was just as I described!