As the year is soon coming to an end, we thought we should share what we consider the top office design trends of 2019. These are our top 7 picks!
1. Flexible Office Spaces
Figure 1: Bivi Turnstone Team Table
One of the many trends we saw this year was flexible office spaces. Office furniture is not one size fits all – desks and chairs should be adjustable and workspaces flexible. Office spaces should allow employees to move around and work away from their desk. Such spaces can help increase employee satisfaction and efficiency.
2. Collaborative Spaces
Figure 2: Steelcase Flex Design Thinking
Another office design trend of 2019 was the use of collaborative workspaces. Employees can easily work together in spaces such as the one depicted in the image above. Characteristics of a collaborative space include plenty of desk space, comfortable and adjustable seating, large whiteboards, and technology.
3. Incorporating Technology
Figure 3: Regard
Technology plays an essential role in the success of any company, therefore incorporating technology directly into office furniture is crucial in 2019. By doing so, employees have the freedom to move around the office and connect anywhere. Some tech advancements we saw this year include: bluetooth-enabled standing desks, air-charging ports, under-desk mounted CPU holders and more.
4. Home-Inspired Pieces
Figure 4: Bivi Freestanding Rumble Seats and Bassline Table
Another prominent trend we saw this year was the creation of an at-home atmosphere in the workplace. In using home-inspired pieces it creates a warmer and more welcoming environment where employees can feel comfortable. Such pieces can include items like a plush sofa, throw pillows, a decorative lamp, or a soft carpet.
5. Biophilic Designs
Figure 5: Sagegreenlife Living Green Wall
Biophilic designs focus on bringing the outdoors in. Offices that are incorporating more natural elements in their office spaces are creating a more relaxing and stress-free environment for their employees. These designs consist of a lot of green walls, plants, water features, natural materials, and furniture pieces that feature organic colors. Such nature-inspired designs can help increase productivity and energy in the office.
6. Natural Lighting
Figure 6: B-Free Desk
Natural lighting was another major trend we saw this year and it coincides with biophilic design elements. The use of large windows allows natural light to pour in and offers employees a view of the outdoors. Natural light exposure has been proven to help employees be more healthy, productive, and alert.
7. Geometric and Abstract Patterns
Figure 7: NeoCon 2019
Lastly, geometric and abstract patterns were also a very popular trend this year. Monotonous and single-color walls are a thing of the past. We are now seeing abstract patterns and geometric forms not only in the material used to design office furniture, but also on unique wall coverings, carpets, lamps and more. Such distinctive patterns can be used to identify a creative space in the office.