Office Interior Design Trends for 2019

 

The modern workplace is ever-evolving. Over the last 10 years alone we’ve moved from enclosed spaces into open plan environments, with the advent of new technologies helping to enhance how, when, and where we work.

 

An office is no longer just a tool for people to come in and fulfil their daily tasks, either. If designed and fitted out correctly, it can allow your team flexibility in how they choose to work, developing social bonds and team morale as a by-product. It can be used as an effective recruitment tool, helping to attract – and retain – talent. And it can also function as a space in which to impress clients, showcasing your professional capabilities and forward thinking.

 

This article takes a look at some of the key office interior design trends impacting the industry in 2019 and the years ahead, along with examples of how you can incorporate them into your own office space.

The growing desire for comfortable working environments

 

From beachfront receptions to casual and colourful lunch spots, we all need a little getaway to remove us from the hustle and bustle of the open place office.

 

Breakout areas, in particular, have become the go-to solution for companies who want to offer their employees a mixed-use space as an escape. Tanya Wood, Director of Soho Works (via Spacestor) comments: “People are spending less physical time at their formal office. They want spaces that actually cater for, and enhance, their working lives.”

 

By creating an engaging and sophisticated breakout space, you can provide your employees with a flexible and comfortable retreat for both work and play, in turn, helping to enhance team morale, leading to further increases in productivity and well-being.

 

Image (1) - Pallotta Teamworks Offices via Clive Wilkinson Architects

Clive Wilkinson Architects - Pallotta Teamworks office
A modern and comfortable office breakout space


What do people want from their place of work?
 

“People are spending less physical time at their formal office. They want spaces that actually cater for, and enhance, their working lives.”

 

Tanya Wood | Director of Soho Works

Enhance team morale with an office pool table

The rising influence of the hospitality sector on office design

 

Cafés, restaurants, gyms and general leisure spaces act as key social hubs for human communities, and the influence of these environments are starting to take full effect on the workplace, too.

 

The hospitality industry has always prided itself on customer experience, with a desire to offer visitors warm and welcoming environments, comfortable furnishings and a colourful ambience. The modern worker spends a lot of their free time in such leisure spaces, and so the desire for the re-creation of similar environments in the workplace is high on the modern worker's agenda.

 

Hospitality-inspired office spaces will benefit from a mixture of materials finishes, such as faux stone, brick wall and natural wood textures, along with industrial lighting fixtures and warm colours to make the space feel hip and modern. If these elements are combined with useful features, such as a coffee machine, TV and a games area, then these can help to further develop the social bonds between your employees.

 

Image (3) - Jason Leung on Unsplash

Modern breakout space at SEC Group HQ
Breakout space furniture


How has the hospitality sector impacted office design?
 

"Hospitality design has informed office design in other ways: the influx of less stiff office furniture, more residential-type products, fewer corporate finishes and materials, and more wallpaper."


- Cindy Kaufman, Human Spaces

The rising influence of the hospitality sector on office design
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The continued demand for activity-based working (ABW)

 

According to a report on ‘Immersive Planning’ by Knoll, Inc., “An increase in group work and an eye on real estate expense are driving a shift to open-plan environments and greater numbers of unassigned workspaces.”

 

This shift has, in turn, led to the emergence of hotdesking, co-working spaces and flexible working, e.g. working from home, with the modern employee now wanting to choose how they spend the duration of their work day.

 

A popular buzz term of the moment, titled: 'activity-based working (ABW)', "involves looking at how people work, where they work best, and investing time and money in making the best of that environment," comments, Louis Lhoest, Managing Partner at Veldhoen+ via the Guardian. If you can build your office to work in a multitude of ways for your employees, then the resulting outcome could be invaluable. And, furthermore, employees who choose to work from home frequently may well be enticed back into the office if the environment is right for their personal working needs.

 

Image (3) - Photo by LYCS LYCS on Unsplash

Activity based working in a modern workplace
Modern technology is changing how and where we work


What is activity based working?
 

"The ABW approach recognises that people perform different activities in their day-to-day work, and therefore, need a variety of work settings supported by the right technology and culture to carry out these activities effectively."
 

Veldhoen+

Activity based working in an office environment

Office interior design that reflects your brand persona

 

In this ultra-competitive age of business, you need every advantage you can get in order to stand out from the chasing pack.

 

"If you have ever been lucky enough to walk into Google’s offices, you may have noticed the colour-coded patterns from the brand and the logo are everywhere, the shapes and textures add another layer of purpose and recognition, while the very architecture of the space represents the atmosphere and the mood of those working together and sharing the offices," comments, Cooper Klein of European Entrepreneurship. And there's no reason why your office can't do the same for you, too!

 

The space planning and interior design of your office space can help to give your working environment a true sense of identity. Utilise corporate colours, signage, artwork and fun touches (if applicable) to communicate to other stakeholders what your brand is all about.

Office design that reflects brand personality
Use artwork in your office space to showcase your brand


Why should you inject brand persona into your office?
 

"If you have ever been lucky enough to walk into Google’s offices, you may have noticed the colour-coded patterns from the brand and the logo are everywhere, the shapes and textures add another layer of purpose and recognition, while the very architecture of the space represents the atmosphere and the mood of those working together and sharing the offices"
 

Cooper Klein, European Entrepeneurship

Use corporate colours within your office space

So there you have it, our picks for some of the key office interior design trends this year. By using tools such as forecasting agency, Kjaer Global's - 2030+ Trend Atlas, we can see that the future focus is very much about people; their well-being and quality of life, along with how technology will continue to impact and change the way in which we live and work.

 

If you provide your employees with workspaces in which they can flourish, their well-being, happiness and productivity, as a result, will prosper greatly, along with your profits and achievements, too.

 

If you feel like you could be getting more out of your office space then you've come to the right place! We offer a complimentary space planning service that could help you to create an office environment that works for everyone. Get in touch below to find out more...

 

 

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