Jon’s Office Design Trend Predictions 2019

In the last of our office design trends blogs, Paramount’s Design Manager, Jon Foster, gives us his thoughts on what we can expect to see in workplace design for 2019 and beyond.

Sustainable & Trackable: An efficient working experience

Rather than focusing on colour, finishes or furniture, I thought I’d take a look at two trends that feed into the culture of businesses as well as the physical layout of the workplace.

Re-use/Recycle/Repair

A lot of press and discussion is happening currently on the need to consider how we use everyday products.

For many years there has been a culture of 'it no longer works, so get a new one'. This could change going forward as suppliers of all manner of daily items are being challenged to think about how they make things.

The manufacturers of washing machines, vacuum cleaners and other items are exploring how these products used to be built so that they can improve the process and ensure that they can be repaired and reused rather than constantly replaced.

You can also see this trend in concepts like the Repair Cafés that are being offered across the UK.

This trend could filter through a number of interior-design-related elements, including office furniture, fit-out or electrical. In fact, our office fit-out project for Boom Cymru and Gorilla Post Production included reusing furniture when they moved into their new workplace.

The concept of reusing or upcycling elements of an office design will mean that customers are buying into a lifelong solution rather than a quick throwaway one.

Plus, it's great for the environment!

Office trackers

Something else that I’m seeing more and more of is the need for businesses to track how workers use their workspace.

To be honest, it's probably better to describe this technology as monitoring an environment rather than tracking the people within it.

It makes the workplace of the future sound slightly less ‘Big Brother’!

It’s not necessarily about tracking employee's movements and more about optimising the use of space within a workplace, enabling businesses to measure how efficiently the rooms and functions within it are being used.

A number of furniture suppliers and technology companies are already developing software. Some systems are complex, some less so, but they are all based on providing information that will improve productivity and efficiency.

At the time of writing this, we are just about to conduct a similar exercise for a client so that we can understand which areas of their business are occupied most frequently.

Information that most businesses will find invaluable.

If you’ve been inspired by any of our office design trends, get in touch today.

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