5 top office interior design trends for 2019

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A new year always brings new trends in office furniture and interior design, as well as emerging trends from the previous year which are set to make it big and enter the mainstream. We’re really excited by 5 key trends that we predict will leave their mark on 2019 … Greener offices There’s been a …

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A new year always brings new trends in office furniture and interior design, as well as emerging trends from the previous year which are set to make it big and enter the mainstream. We’re really excited by 5 key trends that we predict will leave their mark on 2019 …

Greener offices

There’s been a growing interest in biophilic design in recent times, with research highlighting the benefits of bringing elements from the natural world into offices. So, expect plants to feature heavily this year, both real and replica, from traditional potted displays to ‘living’ walls or planters built into storage furniture. Likewise, we will see exposure to natural light or creating the impression of natural light become a key element of many projects. Add to that a mix of furniture, décor and flooring colours and textures borrowed from nature and you will have completed a space making the most of the health and wellbeing impact of connecting with nature.

Re-inventing spaces

The days of static, single purpose spaces are well and truly gone. Office interior design in 2019 is all about flexibility and collaboration, as we reported after our visit to Orgatec in the autumn. With office space often at a premium and more and more of us working increasingly ‘away from the desk’, furniture design has vastly evolved in the last few years to shift its focus towards multipurpose pieces offering a choice of use and layout. We’re witnessing the birth of second generation ‘space within a space’ solutions either taking the popular booth to the next stage with a greater focus on communication and connectivity or exploring new concepts such as curtain enclosed modular rooms.

Working well

Unsurprisingly, wellbeing remains a key driver behind most office design. We all know that sitting too much harms our health and productivity, and it’s crucial that we introduce more movement in our work day. Growing numbers of workplaces are choosing sit-stand desks and we’re seeing furniture manufacturers refine their design and functionality. So what’s next? We’re predicting a rise in dynamic seating solutions promoting balance and core strength, challenging the ergonomic seating norm.

Acoustics with a difference

Collaborative office design undeniably helps with communication and teamwork, however it often makes retaining good levels of visual and acoustic privacy problematic. We’ve shown in some of our recent projects that acoustic solutions can be rather creative. Sound absorbing foam panel or brick systems are easy to install, move or reconfigure and come in a wide range of attractive designs. We’re also loving acoustic decorations, from wall-mounted panels to suspended displays or lighting shades – a perfect combination of both style and function.

Making a statement

There are many ways to add personality and individuality to your office interior, and make a statement that won’t be impractical or too costly. Splashes of colour – be it on the walls, floor, accessories or stand-out pieces of furniture – always work well against a neutral palette and can be aligned to your corporate branding or design trend (why not embrace the Pantone colour of the year?). Feature walls will create a focal point and again can become an integral part of your brand if you choose well: vinyl graphics featuring client testimonials or company mottos, story walls, floor-to-ceiling photographic murals reflecting specific company values …

Have you been inspired to update your office interior and adopt some of our picks from this year’s design trends? If so, contact us today and let’s discuss your project.

First impressions count

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According to the latest research, it takes the brain only 7 seconds to judge a person after first meeting them. 7 seconds! This means that each time you meet someone, and perhaps unknowingly, you have only 7 seconds to shine. Harsh, right? But it’s something we all do. While this is important when it comes …

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According to the latest research, it takes the brain only 7 seconds to judge a person after first meeting them. 7 seconds! This means that each time you meet someone, and perhaps unknowingly, you have only 7 seconds to shine. Harsh, right? But it’s something we all do.

While this is important when it comes to representing yourself, it’s even more crucial when representing your business. If you don’t immediately come across as professional, modern, and engaging as your business truly is, then a potential customer will walk out of the door; you only get one shot at a first impression.

So, we’ve established that first impressions count, and they count for a lot, but what does this mean for your business? Keep reading to find out more.

The key thing here is learning how you sell yourself. You can have the best business in the world in every other aspect, but if you don’t make it clear to people what it is you do and how well you do it, then who’s to know? Since the advent of social media and recent advances in digital media technologies, marketing has never been more diverse and creative… so it should be easier than ever, right? Unfortunately, no. Now information is available so readily and services can be so quick, efficient, and easy, people’s attention has become much more illusive and difficult to get a hold of for businesses while patience has also shortened. There’s no longer time to explain why you’re great; there’s so much competition that people will go elsewhere. Instead, you need to make it clear who you are from the get-go; you really do only have 7 seconds. How do you do this as a business?

Firstly, branding shouldn’t be overlooked. As the adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”; If a picture is a thousand, then a logo is a million. A logo is the face of your business so it, along with all your other branding, should reflect your specific business.

However, there are some general rules: it needs to be modern, simple, and versatile so it can be used across multiple platforms. This kind of work needs to be handled by a professional designer. While it may be tempting to cut corners with free logo generator websites around, this is an area that you should pay close attention to.

Having an in-house graphic designer will also ensure that your brand is well-maintained and that all your branding is consistent. When you’ve built a strong brand, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get your message out there. Most companies rely on a strong online presence, usually consisting of a website and various social media channels, namely LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and (where appropriate) Instagram, and YouTube. It’s important to make sure your website is beautifully designed, well maintained, and reflects your company branding, and in 2019 there’s no excuse to not have this essential tool for your business. With the website as the main hub, the social media channels will drive traffic towards it and allow your customers to interact with you. A final word of caution: social media needs to be done well.

It’s arguably more damaging having a derelict and abandoned social media presence than not having one at all, so it must be well maintained and kept up to date.

The tips mentioned in this blog all achieve one thing: they buy you more time. In 7 seconds, a potential customer has time to glance at your logo. With your beautiful logo, you’re bound to impress! It will do all the talking for you. In another 7 seconds they have time to skim through your social media accounts; upon seeing you’re active and professional, they’re inclined to visit your website to learn more. First impressions count but fear not! This is something you can control and use to your advantage to stand out from the crowd.

A review of Orgatec 2018

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It’s clear to see from our recent visit to the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, Germany, why the event – the largest of its type in the world – remains the number 1 platform for trendsetting in office interiors and a magnet for exhibiting companies….

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It’s clear to see from our recent visit to the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, Germany, why the event – the largest of its type in the world – remains the number 1 platform for trendsetting in office interiors and a magnet for exhibiting companies and visitors alike. Where some high profile trade shows have lost their spark in recent years, Orgatec is definitely ‘alive and kicking’ with some 760 exhibitors showcasing their products and over 60,000 international trade visitors.

The key trends

Unsurprisingly, Orgatec 2018 was all about ever changing work cultures, with flexibility a key theme: flexibility to quickly change the layout or use of a space, flexibility to collaborate and communicate wherever you are, flexibility to reclaim traditional office space for time away from the desk. So, products designed for multifunctional areas were everywhere, always pushing creative boundaries further and experimenting with shapes and finishes – seating booths, meeting pods, personal storage lockers but also telephone booths, open shelving systems, meeting and office enclosures …

Wellbeing featured heavily too, something that was already a defining trend of the last event in 2016. Sit-stand workstations and tables are becoming more and more widely adopted as a solution to counteract some of the health risks of sedentary office work, and some of the best examples were on show, as were more dynamic seating options focusing on balance, strengthening the muscles and relieving the spine. For us though, the move towards a quieter, more peaceful office really stood out. Whilst more open, collaborative offices encourage better exchange and communication, they come with the challenge of how to maintain good levels of privacy and sound insulation. Many exhibitors were showcasing their acoustic solutions, from wall-mounted and mobile panel systems or more adaptable acoustic bricks to sound absorbing ceiling hanging panels, light fittings, floor finishes, ‘room in room’ concepts and more.

Seating and phone booths at Orgatec

Our personal favourites

We took so much away from the show that picking particular highlights may seem a bit of an impossible task. Belgian company BuzziSpace’s various takes on workspace acoustics certainly impressed us with their BuzziBracks curtain enclosed modular room concept, BuzziMood moss wall panels tapping into the biophilic design trend, as well as their striking chandeliers and light fittings.

Connectivity and smart working solutions are something we’re always looking out for, and there was plenty at Orgatec to get our attention, with so many manufacturers making access to power, data and comms an integral part of their furniture – and coming up with new, smarter, more intuitive ways to achieve that all important technological harmony. We loved Spacestor’s ‘California cool, London design’ Phonebooth and SBS Mobilier’s Seat Box and Stand Up Box.

We couldn’t help but indulge in some of the more informal and playful product ranges displayed by a few exhibitors, such as ball sports inspired chairs, unique pieces made of books or corrugated paper furniture.

Orgatec never fails to deliver a great show. Yes, some of the largest companies were absent. Yes, there were very few exhibitors from the United Kingdom. Our overwhelming feeling, however, is one of excitement, with a refreshed creative and innovative mindset that will be at the heart of our future projects.

3 reasons behind the rise of ‘resimercial’ offic

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Love or hate the name, resimercial – the coming together of commercial and residential or home interior design elements in an office environment – is fast becoming one of the hottest trends in workplace design. Is it a fad? What are the…

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Love or hate the name, resimercial – the coming together of commercial and residential or home interior design elements in an office environment – is fast becoming one of the hottest trends in workplace design. Is it a fad? What are the benefits?

1. It’s all about wellbeing

When you think of resimercial design, the first thing that comes to mind has to be the use in an office of interior finishes and styles usually seen in homes. The choice of more daring, warmer, more natural or sometimes more playful colours, patterns, shapes and layouts contrasts with the safer, somewhat colder and more rigid styles traditionally seen in office design. This allows a greater focus on creating happy, comfortable spaces that offer much more than a desk and chair to sit at, possibly tempting home workers who feel isolated back into the office, with the ultimate goal of improving staff productivity and retention.

2. The age of the agile office

Resimercial embodies the move away from traditional office design and the need to reflect how people work. With the rise in home, flexible and multi-location working, the office is no longer a place where each space has a clearly defined function, a move taken straight from domestic interiors, where, for example, the dining room often is a family room, an office, a craft room … In new office design terms, this means providing spaces that people can work, meet and relax in, hence the increasing popularity of collaborative pods or booths, bench tables that work just as well as desks or as canteen tables, sofas with built-in power and data etc.

3. Getting the balance right

For all it draws from residential environments, successful resimercial design is about adopting a well-balanced blend of home and traditional office, not making the office feel ‘just like home’. After all, are piles of cushions, ornate chandeliers or shagpile rugs really cut for the office? Workplace furniture and finishes need to remain practical, durable and cost-effective. Here at Egan Reid Office Environments, we partner with furniture and interior finishes suppliers who have adapted their product ranges to take inspiration from the residential world and retain their commercial properties – proving that the ‘best of both worlds’ is the way to go.

If you’d like to explore introducing that ‘home from home’ feeling in your office, contact the team at Egan Reid Office Environments and get your project started today!

Design Assembly Manchester: Meet The Speakers

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If there is one professional development and networking event that architects, designers, facilities managers in fact all professionals involved in the specification of office and commercial interiors need to attend this Autumn, it’s Manchester’s first Design Assembly, held by…

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If there is one professional development and networking event that architects, designers, facilities managers – in fact all professionals involved in the specification of office and commercial interiors – need to attend this Autumn, it’s Manchester’s first Design Assembly, held by Egan Reid Office Environments and Edge Design at the People’s History Museum on 17th October.

Design Assembly includes CPD presentations by RIBA approved speakers and also offers the opportunity to engage with industry experts covering a wide range of topics pertinent to the world of working and interior design. Similar events have taken place all over the UK and we’re now bringing the successful format to the North West.

About the speakers…

Oliver Heath – Oliver Heath Design & Interface

Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in sustainable architectural and interior design. An author and TV presenter and designer, Oliver is a regular host and speaker at industry events and will be championing biophilic design, or how to design with human nature in mind, at Design Assembly Manchester.

Martin Kessell – Atrium Lighting

Martin Kessell has worked in lighting for close to 20 years. Fulfilling a variety of roles from components and controls support to luminaires sales has given him a strong and current knowledge along with the enthusiasm to educate on the subject. Don’t miss his presentation on unlocking the code of colour…

Sean Mccormick – BRE

Speaking on understanding BIM Level 2, Sean McCormick is a Senior BIM consultant at BRE, a guest-lecturer on Middlesex University’s BIM MSc course and has a key role in a number of European BIM related research projects.

Don’t miss out…

Come and meet our headline speakers, plus experts from Tektura wallcoverings, Panaz fabrics, Soundtect acoustics, Edge Design and Imperial furniture, plus our very own team from Egan Reid Office Environments. The event is free to attend, very flexible and designed to fit with your busy schedule, so you and your team are welcome to join us for the whole morning or just those areas you are most interested in. What’s more, architects will be validating RIBA CPD points, there’s a free networking lunch and participants can make the most of the day to have a wander around the renowned Museum (free entry).

Places are limited and filling up fast! Go to the registration page now to guarantee your place, and remember to share the event with colleagues you think would like to join us.

Egan Reid Announces Design Assembly Training & Networki

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Egan Reid, together with furniture designers and manufacturers Edge Design, is holding a free Design Assembly training and networking event for architects and designers on Tuesday 17th October.Design Assembly Manchester is the first event of its kind to take place…

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Egan Reid, together with furniture designers and manufacturers Edge Design, is holding a free Design Assembly training and networking event for architects and designers on Tuesday 17th October.

Design Assembly Manchester is the first event of its kind to take place in the North West, coming to The People’s History Museum in Manchester’s Spinningfields from 8.45am to 2.15pm on Tuesday 17th October. Aimed at all professionals involved in interior commercial design from architects to facilities managers and interior/workplace designers, the event is based around a series of seminars presented by well-known industry figures including design consultant Oliver Heath, with accredited RIBA CPD points on offer for each session.

In addition to the seminars covering topics such as biophilic design, lighting design and BIM level 2 compliance, there is also an opportunity for attendees to meet and network with a panel of experts who will be discussing and answering questions on wallcoverings, fabric specification, acoustics and workplace design. Attendees are welcome to attend as many or as few of the CPD and ‘Meet The Experts’ sessions as they want.

“After the success of Design Assembly events in other parts of the country, we identified there was great interest from interior design professionals in the Manchester area for this type of event,” said Kim Findlay, National A&D Development Manager at Edge Design. “It offers a great opportunity to improve knowledge and skills and spark interesting discussions about where current industry trends and technology are going.” Egan Reid Managing Director Martin Reid added: “We’re thrilled to be hosting this unique event with Edge Design at the People’s History Museum and looking forward to welcoming the region’s leading commercial design professionals. At Egan Reid, we aim to improve the lives of office workers everywhere and believe that great innovative design is the key to enhancing business success and productivity.”

Design Assembly Manchester is free to attend, with refreshments and lunch provided. See the full programme here, or go straight to the registration page. Spaces are limited.