Office design is ever changing and with a new year upon us The London Economic listed the top six office design trends to watch out for in 2016.
Kitchens as collaborative spaces
As the demand for employee well-being and social multi-purpose spaces increases, Kitchens have becoming more prominent in office design. Employers are realising that employee interaction not only enhances mental well-being and creativity but also plays a crucial role in business success. Kitchens have a casual atmosphere which facilitates useful conversation, networking and very often the spontaneous sharing of ideas. Sizable kitchens provide a space where employees are encouraged to make healthy meals and socialise with colleagues - adding seating can provide a comfortable environment for an agile meeting area.
It's about fun
The last few years has seen a rise in flexibility, creativity, and colour being introduced into working spaces, delighting both their employees and clients - commonly by digital start-ups and the tech sector. A company's office is a reflection of their brand and brand values, in turn we are seeing more employers investing in creative and flexible design with bright colours and quirky features to foster a culture of creativity and interaction.
Furniture as a focal point
With the move away from individuals offices and cubicles to open plan offices, flexible furniture elements are being used to creatively separate space. Sofas with high backs are being used to transform space to provide flexible meeting areas, offering an alternative from traditional desks. Similarly with standing workstations, adjustable meeting tables, and modular seating cubes becoming more apparent, bringing life and flexibility into office design.
Embracing simplicity and nature
Reclaimed wood panels, exposed concrete, office plants and living walls all tie into a wider workplace trend of employee well-being. The main objective is to create a comfortable space that facilitates employee productivity and well-being using natural elements and lighting, far different from the cold and sterile offices of the past. The inclusion of nature in office design is here to stay.
Communal table facilities are being introduced with the same premise as spacious kitchens, to lead to collaboration and chance interactions. Reflective of a broader cultural movement where social interaction in the workplace is encouraged and valued, often fostering innovation and creativity.