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 …
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.
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.
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.