Five Office Design Trends You Need to Know

In the animal kingdom, adaptation is essential for the survival of living organisms in such a way that, if the environment changes, the animals that cannot adapt die out. The same goes for businesses and organizations. If the requirement or standards of society progresses, a company or business must be able to adapt; otherwise, it might just die out or be drastically left behind. As Peter F. Drucker, an Austrian management consultant said, “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”



One of the things you can do to move an organization forward is to pay attention to the physiological well-being of the employees. Many organizations consider the office environment as a significantly important factor in having an efficient workforce. Designing office interior to induce productivity and optimizing space for maximum utilization are just a few strategies successful and adaptable companies employ to improve their organizational performances. Here we name 5 office interior trends that you can use to update your office workspace.

1. Dynamic and Flexible Design

As the workforce is becoming younger in the majority, a dynamic and flexible office interior is becoming more in demand and preferred. Such is because the new breed of workforce dislikes the traditional office set-up. They want more personal spaces and they want to be able to work when they want it and where they want it.

Dynamic and flexible workspaces that feature light-weight, movable and multi-functional pieces of furniture could well be the millennial-approved in workspace design. The hallmark of this type of workspace is its ability to be rearranged easily depending on one’s mood or taste. Changing things up from time to time does lighten up the mood and can freshen up perspectives. This design can also turn out to be budget-friendly because it requires minimal set-up time and is also non-permanent. This kind of design property will be beneficial to any future workplace update plans.

2. Modular Office Design

Modular office design does sound like a dynamic and flexible design but modular office design is defined by ‘interchangeability’. You do not just rearrange the pieces of furniture, the furniture themselves can be reconfigured or repurposed. Modular design features pieces of furniture that can be attached and rebuilt to serve different functionalities.

Modular workspace design gives employees infinite possibilities in workspaces and inspires them to be extra imaginative. It is a strategy to help employees stay creative, active, and extremely productive. Employees can easily reimagine their workstation to optimize their time at the office. The modular design also future-proofs an office as it can help an office adjust to meet the changing dynamics of the workplace and employees. (What is Modular Office Design? | Inspiring Workspaces by BOS, 2018)



3. Better Illuminance and Lighting

A previous study conducted by Smolders, de Kort, and Cluitmans (2012) found that a high or good amount of illuminance induces alertness during office hours. The same study concluded that exposure to higher illuminance can improve the employee’s subjective feelings of alertness and at the same time improve measurable performance (Smolders et al., 2012).

Illuminance and lighting aren’t exactly new in industrial design but design strategies in achieving enhanced lighting in workspaces have greatly improved and modernized. Trends nowadays emphasize the use of biophilic design or integration of nature to office spaces and natural lighting through floor-to-ceiling height windows. If such large windows aren’t exactly accessible, the use of traditional lighting by mixing lighting materials will be ideal.

4. Monochromatic Design

Monochromatic is a style that contains or uses only one color. By definition, it does sound like the most boring design; however, monochromatic color designs can make a space look clean, crisp, and elegant. It does a simplistic approach of stripping off the unnecessary and focusing on core functional experience. (A minimalist and monochromatic office design – Build Australia, 2018)

Three elements can help pull off a successful monochromatic interior design and that is choosing the right color palette, choosing a monochromatic textile, and accenting with monochromatic patterns (Lori, 2017). A black and white monochromatic design can transform an old workplace into a sleek and edgy one while a blue monochromatic design can be very playful. This is another way of integrating your brand into your workplace. With smart use of color and patterns, you definitely can make a workplace talk.

5. Sustainability

Office environments seem to continue their transformation from formal and impersonal workplaces to inspired and wellness-focused spaces. This trend is called sustainability. According to a blog called Eco life, sustainable design is a mindful intention to reduce negative environmental impacts through thoughtful design. This means designing with energy-efficient technology, sustainably sourced materials, and other natural and greener choices

Sustainability doesn’t end in greener options; an optimized utilization of the workplace is also encouraged to limit waste in resources, time and even spaces. Sustainability encourages a harmonious relationship between nature and buildings to cultivate environmental wellness. As more and more companies are becoming better-equipped to pursue a sustainable and greener

future, more and more green and sustainable options are also becoming available. Environmental perils have motivated companies – big and small – to participate in sustainable design research and made it a part of their corporate social responsibility as a commitment to society. If more companies will participate in this sustainable design trend, it could set a precedent for the rest of the world to go green as well.

Are you thinking of updating your office space to effect change this year? You should work with an expert. SDW Realty is an experienced general contractor in the Philippines that worked with the biggest brands in the country. We can help you achieve your design visions just like what we did with our other clients. To see our portfolio, click here.

1. A minimalist and monochromatic office design – Build Australia. (2018). Build Australia. https://www.buildaustralia.com.au/gd/the-minimalist-monochromatic-design-behind-candlefoxs-hq/
2. What is Modular Office Design? | Inspiring Workspaces by BOS. (2018, December 17). Inspiring Workspaces by BOS. https://www.bos.com/inspired/what-is-modular-office-design/
3. Sterkenberg, Z. (2019, November 13). Office Futures: The Office Design Trends of 2020. Ambius.Com; Greener on the Inside. https://www.ambius.com/blog/2020-office-design-trends/

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