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10 key trends for office design

The digital revolution has propitiated the appearance of a new concept of collaborative work, which is transforming the structures of traditional labor market and stimulating an enormous evolution inside the office design and job environments. 

The smart office suppose a new concept of working space, in which the design receives more and more importance as a tool to create functional and cozy spaces focused on their occupants well-being. The multifunctional furniture and constructive resources as office screens, crystal dividing elements  or technical floors are some of the keys of these future offices.

Below, we revise the most emphasized design trends inside the current panorama of the office design, which you can use as inspiration to transform any working space.

  1. Open concept

The opened concept is one of the most forceful trends inside the design world nowadays, applicablly both to residential spaces and to working environments. ‘ Open concept ‘ spaces have enormous possibilities from the point of view of the office design, betting for diaphanous and opene spaces. The walls disappear, replaced with elements as screens of office, separating screens or mobile partitions.

  1. Enviroment differentiation

The current office is not conceived as a great common room, but as a wide space inside which we can differentiate different environments, according to our needs. Instead of choosing several rooms, each one with a function, the new environments of work bet for polyvalent and flexible spaces and uses.

The use of separating screens and crystal dividing elements is a perfect solution to obtain these aims, allowing to create private spaces and isolated acoustic, but supporting the communication with the rest of the office from the visual point of view. The furniture also plays a key role as transition element netween the different zones.

  1. Flexibility

As the labor market demands from us an immense flexibility and capacity of adjustment, the offices must be capable of transforming themselves to satisfy our labor needs. To obtain this flexibility, the new offices choose mobile elements, as fixed doors, mobile partitions or office screens, which allow to change the space from simple and rapid form, adapting to the needs of the moment. This way, we can have a meeting room or a closed office, which can be opened and join inside the common working space when we are not using it.

 

  1. Interconnected Spaces

The new forms of collaborative work are changing our concept labor relationships. This new work philosophy breaks with the hierarchies and the established structures, emphasisisng the contribution of every worker as participant inside the company project. For it, a fluid communication is important among workers and departments, which takes advantage of maximum synergies inside the company.

From the design point of view, this communication is translated in interconnected spaces. A office screen or a mobile partition allows to define the working space, without isolating the rest of the office. The crystal and the translucent elements are material highly advisable if you look for a collaborative working space. To support a coherent and uniform design, stand out solutions as the technical floors or the integrates lighting integrated into false ceiling.

  1. Sustainability

La búsqueda de un desarrollo sostenible es una tendencia a nivel global, que en el caso del diseño de oficinas significa potenciar diseños de alta eficiencia, que minimicen el consumo energético. Desde el punto de vista de los materiales, cobran cada vez más protagonismo los materiales naturales, como la madera, así como los materiales biodegradables y reciclables o el mobiliario recuperado.

 

The search of sustainable development is a worldwide trend, that in case of office design means to promote designs of high efficiency, which minimize the energetic consumption. From the point of view of the materials, they receive increasingly protagonism  natural materials, as  wood, as well as the biodegradable and recyclable materials or recovered furniture.

  1. Multifunctional furniture

Having to do with this new concept of opened and flexible offices, versatility turns into an indispensable quality for office furniture. The designers recommend to furnish these spaces with mobile elements, as chairs or tables with wheels, paying great attention to the furniture of storage.

 

  1. Open office

Collaborative work eliminates the barrier among chiefs and employees, promoting the communication to al levels. Traditional office opens way to open offices, connected with the rest of the space. The mobile partitions and crystal separating screens are some of the most habitual resources used by designers to create these new offices. These materials allow a great option diversity of finishing materials. This way we can obtain designs of great visual impact and decorative value.

  1. New spaces

Las oficinas modernas incorporan en sus diseños nuevas zonas de trabajo, adaptadas a las nuevas relaciones laborales: zonas de ocio y descanso, en las que poder relajarse en medio de la jornada de trabajo; zonas para reuniones informales, tanto para trabajadores como para reuniones con clientes, etc. Como hemos comentado anteriormente, los elementos constructivos móviles son claves para conseguir esta polivalencia y flexibilidad del espacio, con múltiples opciones: tabiques móviles o ciegos, mamparas de oficina, biombos separadores, paneles móviles, etc.

Modern offices incorporate in their designs new working zones, adapted to new labor relations: zones of leisure and rest, in which workers can relax in the middle of the day; informal meetings zones, both for workers and for meetings with clients, etc. As we have commented previously, the constructive mobile elements are key to obtain this space polyvalency and flexibility, with multiple options: mobile or blind partitions, screens of office, separating screens, mobile panels, etc.

  1. Light and natural elements

Maximizar la luz natural es una de las premisas básicas dentro del diseño de oficinas, pero también es importante contar con una buena iluminación artificial. La iluminación LED de alta eficiencia ha supuesto una importante transformación dentro de la iluminación de oficinas, capaz de conseguir resultados espectaculares mediante su integración en el falso techo, con altas prestaciones funcionales y gran valor decorativo. La presencia de la naturaleza, tanto a través de plantas como de fibras naturales en mobiliario y textiles, también es una tendencia destacada dentro del diseño de oficinas actual.

To maximize natural light is one of the basic premises inside the office design, but also it is important to design a good artificial lighting. The high efficency LED has supposed an important transformation inside the office lighting, capable of obtaining spectacular results integrating itself in the false ceiling, with high functional services and great decorative value. The presence of nature, through plants and natural fibers in furniture and textiles, is also a trend emphasized inside the current office design.

  1. Creative designs

 

The offices of the future say good-bye to boring designs, betting loudly for creativity as way to stimulate the worker and to improve his yield. New work environments take advantage of the color potential and the light to create a relaxed and comfortable environment for its occupants. In addition, the design of these spaces also turns into a way to transmit the corporate values of the company.

As you can see, interconnection and functionality of the space are indispensable for the current offices design, reflecting a new way of understanding the labor relations where collaboration and the participation are essential.

Inspire with these examples of modern offices: Lamdatres.