06 Jan Fresh Year, Fresh Design: Trends to Watch for in 2016
Designing a space is challenging on many levels, but one factor holds a little more weight than most: longevity of the design. We live in an ever changing world and design is no exclusion. Clients want their space to be desirable for at least the next decade, so it is up to designers to intelligently predict future design trends and give the space timelessness. With the new year in full swing, below are a few useful office trends that are here to stay for 2016.
Hiding wires is one of the most requested solutions, according to the principals at Workwell Partners. Electronic devices, docking stations, paperwork, and personal items can make a desk appear cluttered, so if the wires are conceled, it makes it look a whole lot cleaner. More manufacturers are developing solutions to make this problem history.
Bringing the outdoors in is an element we’ve see often in the last five years. Reclaimed wood panels, exposed concrete flooring, and the incorporation of natural patterns in fabric and artwork are prominent in today’s designs. Even plant life is making a statement in the form of living walls. These finishes and details give a feeling of natural comfort to those who work around them.
Designated lounge areas will be the new norm. Jeff Miller, vice president of design at Poppin, sees a move toward spaces that are the antithesis of rigid workstations. Lighter, wireless technology has broken up the workspace more than ever which helps stimulate relaxed collaboration.
Offices organized by color help thoughts to be more organized and colorful. Scientific studies have proven that color boosts happiness, productivity and creativity which has made manufacturers offer a wider spectrum of colors for accessories and furniture.
The end of permanent layouts comes with the shifting needs of the work landscape. Products designed to have every element move into place and fit together without rules based planning has liberated designers to create dynamic and collaborative combinations in the workspace.
Now you know what to look for in this year’s designs, but what about changes directly from employers? We’ve got you covered!
Employees are beginning to focus on healthy lifestyles and companies plan on helping with that. Group wellness challenges have gained popularity and employers are going to find more ways to encourage and facilitate healthier snacks in the break room or sanctioned exercise breaks.
Realizing that another potential employer could make their workers happier, companies are giving an increase in work perks. Offers like unlimited vacation days and in-office happy hours might be coming to your workplace very soon. Even casual spaces that allow work and play (ping pong table) make the office feel like home.
Companies want their space to be a reflection of their core mission and values, so an increase in branding is very likely this year. Think fewer white walls and beige carpet, and more customization and unique design based on company culture.
Giving back to the community is a way for companies to come together outside the office. Showing their humanitarianism and promoting feel-good challenges like raising money for charity allows a long-term partnership to take place.