Smart companies understand that workspaces are a business tool. An office environment reflects and reinforces a business’s core values, through the placement of different teams and functions and design elements that reflects the culture, brand, and values. Office design is so crucially important to the success of a company that it’s worth consulting professionals to get it right.
A well-designed office may cost a little more, but it is an investment which will reap more than a poorly designed one. A non-functioning office wastes time and causes frustration because it can hinder basic tasks. Good office design solves these problems, but great office design goes one step further. It can help invigorate a workforce.
Workspaces should flex to provide a variety of spaces and destinations for workers to inhabit that promote movement throughout the day. A comfortable, relaxed and inviting workspace makes a better work environment and can generate long working hours. With comfortable spaces, stress can be easily nullified. While many companies are doing a good job of incorporating some of these elements into their workplace design, there’s a need for more awareness and implementation of this way of thinking holistically about the workplace. Approaching the New Year 2018 in two months seems like as good a time as any to knock out that old musty wall blocking natural light along with new design elements and creative solutions for department separation.
So, we meet up with Dubai’s esteemed and leading designers and interior design specialists Rania Al Jabri and Sidarth Menon, to see what they predict the 8 must have design trends for creating a more pleasant and more productive work environment. Here’s what they told us.
TREND 1: HIDING THE WIRES
Sidarth Menon, Manager and Founder of Design Kraft says, “Between wires, laptops and other electronic devices, to docking stations, paperwork and personal items, there are many things that can make a room full of open desks appear very disorganized,” says Sidarth. Even a $30,000 conference table can look terrible if wires are not well concealed within the table, he observes. “Luckily, we are designing more accessible clutter free pieces of furniture that are clean and simple,” he says. The one most requested solutions by his clients are to increase the appeal of their furniture or rooms by making it look wire free.
TREND 2: BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN
Rania Al Jabri, Founder of Raniature Interior Design and Furnishing says nature is having a serious moment in design. Reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed concrete flooring, and incorporating natural flora patterns in fabrics and artwork are all becoming more prominent, along with plant life itself in the form of living walls, she says. “Some of our favorite pieces and projects from the last year take a page from this trend, and also go hand in hand with one of the bigger trends: bringing the home into the office,” says Rania. “It’s the natural, cozy feeling that a lot of these finishes and details have that will continue to make this trend a popular one throughout 2018.”
TREND 3: MULTIPURPOSE WORKSPACES
Rania Al Jabri observes that in her time, in the design business she’s never seen change happen so quickly. “Not only are cubicles disappearing,” says Rania, “but now their replacement–the bench–is being overtaken by non-assigned seating.” The executive suite is still not playing to this trend, however; multipurpose spaces can be utilized for everything from multimedia presentations to casual breakout areas. “We’ll also see more oval-shaped office desks, which allow for a more convenient place for 4-6 people to meet, as well as a shift toward height adjustable tables for standing meetings,” she says.
TREND 4: DESIGNATED LOUNGE AREAS
With all ifs and buts in the whole interior designing trends, we can see a move propelling toward creating spaces that are the antithesis of rigid workstations. Lighter, powerful, wireless technology has untethered the workspace more than ever, so offices can be more comfortable, which stimulates relaxed collaboration. “Offices now mandate the inclusion of dedicated lounge areas to make working more enjoyable,” Sidarth says.
TREND 5: OFFICES ORGANIZED BY COLOR
“I’m a strong believer that if you organize your work environment with color, it will help your thoughts be more organized and colorful,” says Sidarth. He cites several studies that color boosts happiness, productivity, and creativity. “We’re seeing more offices integrate pops of color in unexpected ways and therefore strive to be at the forefront of offering a wide color spectrum of accessories and furniture,” he explains.
TREND 6: COMMUNITY TABLES
Both our designing experts Rania Al Jabri and Sidarth Menon says the community table reflects a cultural moment. “People are looking for more interaction at work and in other public settings, including restaurants and hotels where large shared tables are making an appearance,” Sidarth mentioned. But the community table has been a meaningful object for centuries, a symbol of kinship or alliance that is now becoming an important part of the work environment. “Today, the table emerges as a relevant feature of an evolving workplace that now exhibits many of the characteristics of a domicile—more relaxed, more congenial and collaborative,” he said.
TREND 7: A MIX OF DIFFERENT TEXTURES
Sidarth said he’s seeing an increased emphasis on using varied materials throughout the workplace to create environments that influence wellness and productivity. “Products with a rich material vocabulary provide designers with the opportunity to be original and bold—to use color and texture to create a more varied, inspiring and personalized work environment.
TREND 8: THE END OF PERMANENT LAYOUTS
Flexibility is something that all design experts are seeing as a growing trend as traditional office spaces, planned in advance with permanent layouts, are giving way to the needs of an ever-changing work landscape. Rania notes that products designed to have every element move into place and fit together without rules based planning are at the forefront of the office of the future. “Modular components can be mixed, stacked and moved around, offering innumerable combinations for a dynamic and collaborative workplace,” she says.
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