Office Design Trends 2015
2014 was an exciting year for office design. It was certainly an eventful one at Paramount since it marked our 25th anniversary. But now it’s time to look forwards and since we predicted the office design trends of 2014, we decided to dust off the crystal balls once more and ask our design team to come up with their predictions for 2015.
ACOUSTICS, GEOMETRICS AND OTHER DESIGN TRICKS
Helen Bartlett, Design Manager
As more and more companies endeavour to move away from a typically hierarchical office arrangement, the term open plan will continue to be at the top of the client briefing list during 2015. Workplace consultants and designers across the world will continue to conjure up innovative solutions to the problems that can be associated with such an environment – noise, lack of privacy, rows upon rows of desks and as a result, increased stress levels due to lack of concentration. In response to this, I predict that acoustic panels and seating will become more weird and wonderful to counteract the aforementioned problems.
Offect Airberg (Image from Offect)
Kinnarps Frame (Image from Kinnarps)
Geometric shapes will continue to inspire everything from wall coverings, flooring, furniture, lighting and ceilings.
Luffa Wall Tiles by Mauricio Affonso (Image from Luffa Lab)
Flo by Offect (Image from Offect)
The ever changing world of technology will mean that we will continue to be less constrained to a fixed desk and, as more companies move their IT systems towards wireless, the need for cable management will reduce, resulting in a more innovative workstation design.
Mobica Nomado (Image from Mobica)
However, in stark contrast to the smooth, curvy and white objects that most of us covet, textures will become more prominent in order to satisfy those of us who have a tactile desire for something more interesting.
Muraspec Impressions Panels (Image from Muraspec)
The increased awareness of our individual responsibilities towards protecting the wider environment, namely our planet, will make the necessity to source materials that have either been recycled or produced with a low carbon footprint high on the list of priorities.
As they say, anything goes and 2015 will be no different insomuch as it will continue to push the boundaries outside of what used to be a square box but is now somewhat more angular.
PINK NOISE, OFFICE RETREATS & RAW RETRO
Rachel Rees, Senior Designer
It feels like yesterday when I wrote my blog the same time last year talking about office design trends for 2014. I’m pleased to say, it wasn’t utter nonsense when I suggested the foreseen promotion of products and fit out to counteract noise pollution and lack of privacy in the typical open plan office, which is incidentally, a bit like Welsh weather, unpopular but here to stay.
On the 2015 horizon, with companies delving deeper into strategy, this same fundamental objective remains set in stone. Organisations are now embracing noise reduction solutions in the early design stages as opposed to it being an afterthought via the use of ceiling tiles, rafts, baffles, partitioning, screens and sound masking (the ubiquitous pink noise solution). There are ‘retreats’ where we are able to meet or focus and be both productive and creative. ‘Offices within offices’ to varying degrees. These flexible solutions are emblematic of the demands of the hi-tech companies where change is constant.
Style-wise, there’s been an extreme reaction against the minimal white sterile look that ruled for the past 10 years or so and a movement towards a somewhat industrial, raw, retro almost salvaged effect. Hints of this are seen in the interiors and products showcased below, together with the eclectic use of natural materials and textures sometimes combined with a bit of classic luxury and/or cool retro.
(Photography by Micky Hoyle)
(Image from Boss Design)
Stripped Back ‘Quiet’
(Photography by Ed Reeve)
Unfinished ‘Me’ Space
(Image from Vitra Product)
STYLE ‘MASH UP’
Jon Foster, Senior Designer
Towards the end of 2014 we had already started to see early signs of businesses introducing differing styles and enhanced character into their workplaces, something I think we will see a lot more of in 2015.
Whereas historically businesses have often followed a corporate brand or look throughout the workplace, over the coming year I think we’ll be seeing more variety in design and product with an amalgamation of styles becoming commonplace. This design thinking has been seen already in statement pieces of furniture and bold retro features, wall art and quirky accessories will further define the ‘domestic workplace’ concept that has been embraced over the last few years. With wellbeing and retaining staff key drivers for many companies, the workplace will develop further design-wise to provide employees with an enjoyable place to work.
We have already seen how the modern workplace has become less individual or workstation dependent with collaboration and interaction space being the buzz words and features of the last year or so. At Paramount we are asked on nearly every project to provide areas for informal meetings, where people and ideas can come together. I believe over the coming year our clients will be looking to make these spaces more unique and individual, maybe with personal touches thrown in. There was a time when somebody’s vintage armchair wouldn’t be considered in a workplace refurbishment but, in 2015, we will possibly see more character and bravery in commercial office design.
Bold graphics, timber framed furniture with concrete finishes
(Photography by Jasper Sanidad)
Classic themed chairs in modern setting (Photography by Itay Sikolski)
Vintage chairs with new meeting table (Photograph from Kompe Images)
Gareth Davies, Designer
We’ve come to the end of another year and 2015 has begun. Looking at what the office design trends might be for this year I instantly thought of – Geometry! Recently there has been a big ‘boom’ in the fabrics and wall covering industry where more and more geometric prints are coming in to create excitement and interest in interiors. I met with our Camira Fabrics rep recently to get an update on our swatch binders and she was able to give me a sneak preview of what will be available over the coming months, Geometry was the winning theme.
I tend to look into the fashion trends for this year to get an understanding of what the themes for interiors will be. This year it’s said that a lot of geometric shaped designs combined with bold, abstracted geometric prints are set to dominate our stores and this will also reflect in the design of 2015 interiors. Geometry in interiors is not only seen as the bold coloured prints in textiles and art but also in the geometry of the space itself. As well as geometric patterns we can also expect positioning of partitions, floor designs and ceiling bulkheads to take the same principles, creating angular, exciting spaces.
Geometric design was fairly big in 2014 but more so on the domestic side of interiors, this seems to have shifted into the commercial sector where floor finish designs, the positioning of partitions and use of manifestation incorporates bold harsh lines to create excitement and interest. When used correctly and with the right colours, geometry can truly create amazing spaces. Tektura, who specialise in wall coverings, have some great geometric inspired designs, such as the ‘Shards’ range, which incorporates a mixture of soft tones with the odd bold coordinating colour. Great for using in a reception area or to create a feature wall in a boardroom. Similarly, Muraspec, who also deal with wallcoverings, have released their Studio Suite Range, which takes on a slightly 3D approach to geometry.
Keep an eye out this year for some interesting spatial design incorporating angular lines and contrasting geometric textiles/prints which could help make your office refurbishment ‘bang’ on trend.
‘Studio Suite’ Muraspec Wallcoverings (Image from Muraspec)
‘Shards’ by Tektura Wallcoverings (Image from Tektura)
‘Ara-Pizza’ Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain.
(Photography by Juan Ventura)
Who knows what 2015 will bring for us at Paramount, we’re expecting some exciting office fit-out and office design projects. Hopefully, if you’re planning to look at your workplace this year, these trend predictions will help you to keep up to date with the world of office interiors.
Posted by Helen Bartlett on
14 January 2015 at 12:00 AM
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