Those on the front lines of workplace design are working to anticipate the ever-evolving needs of businesses while creating a cohesive brand environment that embraces innovation and a company’s corporate culture and vision.
As is the nature of trends, they change with the times. Although some have more staying power, even the most popular trends evolve over time while others fizzle out entirely. What remains consistent about the trends of 2020 is that they are a reflection of our modern-day business culture. By looking at the trends of tomorrow, you can understand where the businesses are now and where they want to be when the future finally arrives.
In this article, you will discover the office design trends of tomorrow as defined by our team of expert design consultants. By working with thousands of major employers throughout North America, Our Hub’s design consultants see first hand what concepts are emerging, trending, and appear to be here to stay. Our Hub has identified four groupings of macro and micro trends that are driving office design trends today. As businesses continue to define their future plans, these dynamic trends offer opportunities in workplace improvements and design.
As we plan for 2020 and beyond, these trends stand to make the most immediate and significant impacts on the future of our workspaces.
Since then, multi-purpose spaces have become the new normal, but nothing quite like this trend’s next phase: Dynamic Flexibility. It incorporates an entirely new generation of moveable, multi-functional, lightweight, and ergonomic elements designed to fit any space and purpose. Gone are the days when heavy, bulky furniture and technology dictated what could and could not be achieved in a space.
The Dynamic Flexibility design trend focuses on making the most out of valuable real estate. It allows for complete transformations of environments from meeting room to podcast studio, to production area, to a quiet, semi-private space in the blink of an eye. From movable walls and lightweight, mobile furniture, to adjustable lighting and technology, these spaces allow employees to transform rooms in an instant.
⬤ Furniture-forward ⬤ Lightweight ⬤ Moveable / Wheels ⬤ Ergonomic ⬤ Multifunctional
Not only is wood being used for walls, floors, countertops, and accents, but it also provides a space with an undeniable character, adding biophilic texture, lines, and warmth to traditionally sterile office environments. Commercial designs have been progressing towards a more authentic and organic motif (but not rustic, as with former trends) as they focus on attracting top talent.
Features like prefabricated wood and glass offices, elaborately constructed wood and moss walls, coffee tables made from preserved tree stumps, and refined, reclaimed woods, are all popular additions to the new office space design.
⬤ Linear, slatted wood ⬤ Warm and textured ⬤ Structural and wall construction ⬤ • Natural accent details ⬤ Biomorphic forms and patterns
This trend is not simply a reactionary effort to keep people satisfied with the office environment, it’s an ongoing trend that has finally reached its natural pinnacle based on employee preferences and lifestyle needs.
The new office environment now includes features typically found in hospitality settings such as restaurants, bars or beer fridges, fireplaces and comfortable furniture, game rooms, rock walls, and fitness areas complete with showers and spas.
⬤ Collaborative environments ⬤ Warm and welcoming ⬤ Indoor-outdoor blurred transitions ⬤ • Soft and plush elements ⬤ Home-styled fixtures
Sustainable design in its current form now has a whole spectrum of certifications in place to focus on the investment in our building’s performance as well as employee well-being. These include LEED, WELL Building Standard, FitWel, and the Living Building Challenge, which are all meant to create a positive impact on the occupants and natural systems that interact with buildings. What we’re witnessing now is the fully realized dream of wellness and environmental design.
⬤ Minimally processed materials ⬤ Natural woods and stone features ⬤ Highly designed green spaces ⬤ Workspace utilization technologies ⬤ Natural lighting