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A new era of innovation, colour and collaboration has moved into the office, and it looks like it’s here to stay.
The time of the isolated worker is long gone. Instead of traditional closed office layouts, offices are introducing lower walls between desks, casual meeting areas, and ABW (activity-based working).
The International Facility Management Association reports that almost 70 per cent of workplaces are already utilising some form of open plan layout. We can only expect this to grow, as wireless technology continues to evolve.
Research shows workers are more productive when given the flexibility to choose how, where and when they work. So it’s no surprise that more offices are now incorporating workspaces specially designed to stimulate creativity, collaboration and teamwork. Office spaces are becoming both efficient and fluid in design; interchangeable spaces and modular elements combine with acoustic panels to prevent noise, and the clever use of glass lets in light but allows privacy.
It’s time to bring the outdoors in. We’re not talking about a few potted plants – this is about living wall and plant installations and earthy designs throughout the office. After all, research shows that plants have a positive physical and psychological effect on employees. They can also absorb sound and help clean the air. Along the “green” theme, many offices are also accommodating bike racks, change room facilities and lots of locker storage, rather than car spaces.
Social spaces, relaxation areas and games rooms will no longer be confined to creative agencies. Even the most corporate offices are embracing more fun and casual designs inside and outside – also known as the Google Effect. This includes big communal eating areas, breakout spaces for lunch, ping-pong tables, rooftop gardens complete with hammocks, and more.
Vibrant colours, bold patterns and graphic prints will make a statement in modern office fitouts. Not only on the walls, but on furniture and structural elements too – staircases, beams, columns, floors and lights will start featuring eye-catching designs on a super scale. Think motivational quotes, neon signage, and big branding throughout the environment.
New research by the Sax Institute in partnership with Cancer Council NSW reveals that replacing one hour of sitting with standing can increase a worker’s lifespan by at least five per cent. So in addition to ergonomic chairs, where almost every part is adjustable, expect to see an influx of height-adjustable desks and workstations. Sit-to-stand workstations allow workers sit or stand at their desk, reducing back strain and promoting good health. Sit-to-stand workstations can also act as a “touchdown” station for workers who are in-between meetings, allowing them to quickly check emails without even sitting down.
Home away from home
We spend most of our working life at the office, so it already feels like a second home. Now, office designs are taking this a step further by invoking a uniquely residential feel. For example, an open plan office might include home-like breakout rooms complete with beanbag chairs, sofas and soundproofing, creating a private retreat from the bustle of the office.
The phrase “less is more” is applicable in a number of scenarios, including office design. We recently wrote a blog post on trends in office space design and one of the leading ideas, when it comes to design, is minimalism. Here are a few ways that a work place can adopt the minimalist office approach.1.Less [...]
The office of the future office will be increasingly mobile, with technology enabling employees to perform their jobs from virtually anywhere, according to Office of the Future: 2020, a research study recently released by OfficeTeam. But greater control over where and how people work won't necessarily translate into more free time. Forty-two per cent of [...]
Within every office space, most people will automatically believe they are going to see the exact replica of the office they first seen. This is the case with most offices that are located in a huge office building, or even in those cubicles that a person may see. However, it is important that while in [...]
Top 10 workplace trends in office furniture1. Businesses emphasise collaboration.Workplaces are becoming flatter, with less hierarchy and more emphasis on working together. As a result, office furniture is being designed for more casual collaboration such as modular desks which can be arranged and re-arranged in a number of different configurations. 2. Everyone is expected to [...]
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At New Vision Office Interiors we design, manufacture, supply and install across New Zealand from our base in central Auckland. From one off custom designed furniture items like board room tables through to multi-site office fit-outs & refurbishments that comply with International brand standards, we have the experience and capacity to do it all [...]
You can recycle your used printer cartridges, and here are some great reasons why you should:Kiwis throw away more than 8 million printer cartridges every year.This amounts to over 2,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill – enough to fill [...]
You’ve probably heard it a million times; however, buying within your local community from a locally owned business has never been more critical or beneficial than it is right now. We have been told over and over that small business is the true driver of our economy, yet we hear [...]
Business managers are rethinking how office design affects worker productivity in light of recent University of Sydney research questioning conventional wisdom on open-plan layouts, currently found in nine out of ten Australian offices. The study, published in the December 2013 issue of The Journal of Environmental Psychology, collected over 40,000 responses from 303 offices in [...]