Office design has to keep up with changing working practices and broader social trends. It needs to ensure that the offices it creates meet the needs of the changing world of work, can be adaptive and flexible, as well as practical.
At Flow Office, we’re specialists in the whole office design process. We listen to your needs, then we seamlessly plan, build and install the office furniture, delivering your vision on time and on budget. We always ensure that our designs reflect developing trends in working practices and design thinking.
2021 has been a year of rapid change in office design. What were some of those changes and what has been driving them?
What Were the Top Office Design Trends in 2021?
There’s no doubt about it that 2021 has seen some dramatic developments in office design. Covid-19, environmental concerns and employee wellbeing have all been inspiring some of 2021’s biggest office design trends:
The environment has never been so central to business planning. Companies are keen to reduce their carbon footprint to ensure a more sustainable future. Sustainable design practices have been a key trend during 2021. There has been an increased emphasis on using sustainable materials, as well as using design to help reduce energy consumption.
Flexible working practices had been a steadily growing trend even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, companies have been developing their flexible working practises as a matter of urgency seeking to turn them from a rapid response to a crisis to something long-term.
Office design has been reflecting these changes. Offices will need fewer desks and may feature bookable workspaces and meeting rooms. Alongside these changes to the shared office, home offices are becoming increasingly more important.
Technology and Smart Offices
AI, remote working and rapid developments in technology are all impacting how we work. Office design is responding to this trend with the development of technology-led smart offices. Smart workspaces use digital sensors to monitor and respond to things like occupancy, air quality, natural light levels and more. They can collect and share data, helping companies to understand how different spaces are used. This, in turn, informs office design, aiding planning for health and safety, as well as space rationalisation.
Design with wellbeing in mind
Often called ‘human-centric’ design, offices are now being designed and created to maximise individual wellbeing. This trend has been slowly developing over recent years, but as with flexible working, it received an added urgency as a result of the pandemic.
Businesses are looking at how they can better value individual staff members, support their wellbeing and improve their productivity. Office design is now taking this into account with better use of light, greenery, natural materials and individual comfort. While these are all good measures in themselves, human-centric design can also increase overall profitability and aid staff retention.
Human-centric design is also providing space for that all-important community connectivity that so many people have missed during the pandemic.
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2021 has been quite a year for Flow Office design. As the pandemic continues to bring new challenges, we have had to respond in an agile and proactive way for the clients we work with.
If you’re considering revamping your existing office, are moving into new premises or are wondering how you can adapt to evolving working practices then we’d love to hear from you. Call 01922 453 488 or email email@example.com to find out more.