Jon’s and Rachel’s Office Design Trend Predictions 2018

The design team at Paramount continue their crystal-ball gazing with more office design trends for 2018.

After Stevie and Madison’s predictions of the tactile workplace and ‘breaking down walls, and Helen suggesting that 2018 will be The Year of Nature, it’s time for Design Manager, Jon, and Senior Designer, Rachel, to give us their thoughts.

Jon’s Prediction – It’s a Virtual World

Over recent years there has been a steady rise in the use of high-end visualisation and virtual reality for communicating design proposals.

I predict that this will become even more apparent and mainstream over the coming year with many more design practices adopting virtual reality to help explain their designs to clients.

Having been in the industry for over 20 years, the way in which designers visually communicate their ideas has evolved greatly.

As a company and wider design community, our skills have progressed from the early days of hand sketch visuals to include photorealistic visualisation and, more recently, the use of headsets to explore a more advanced virtual world.

Things have improved greatly from the rather clunky walk-throughs from previous years.


A virtual experience now offers the client an almost life-like view of the space they will be occupying. Allowing them to wander around their new space before it is physically built.

This gives the client and designer the opportunity to adapt the design and space, ensuring that the end result is exactly to their liking.

At Paramount we have already explored the use of VR on a number of schemes and during our recent Design Assembly event, ‘Cadspec’ exhibited their latest VR technology for all to try.


Expect to see even more of the virtual world in 2018.

Rachel’s Prediction – A ‘Maximisation’ Riot

At the beginning of 2017, the trends and influences in workplace design that I talked about were retro, industrial and ornate, with overlaps in hotel, hospitality, architecture and office environments.

Now at the beginning of 2018, before we tire of them and they morph into something else, these factors have indeed spread to become even more, dare I say, ostentatious.

The previous 2017 aesthetics have evolved with a blatantly raging theatrical vengeance into the following staged mix of:

  • Natural materials, textures and mixed patterns
  • Home comforts and informal spaces
  • Old and new
  • Black and gold
  • Kitsch
  • Concrete (which is here to stay for the foreseeable future)


Movember Offices, London. (Photography: Thierry Cardineau)


Saatchi & Saatchi Offices, London. Breakout space

(Photography: Gareth Gardner)


Pageant Media Offices, London. Breakout space

(Photography: Thomas Fallon)


Saatchi & Saatchi Offices, London. Meeting room

(Photography: Gareth Gardner)

Working Trends

As employees are encouraged to move more in the workplace, our physical and mental wellbeing will be of massive consideration.

Sitting permanently for 8 hours a day is widely known to be detrimental to our health and ‘officescapes’ are now adapting to reflect this with :

  • The downfall of the fixed department
  • Sit/stand desks
  • Remote printing and storage
  • Alternative working options

With the breakdown of physical barriers in the cellular office, it’s safe to say that the corridors of power are mostly extinct.

In contemporary, high-performance offices, we work together as committed teams.

It’s a proven fact that we are affected by our environments so it’s about having a workspace that supports potential creativity and innovation, empowering us to be as productive as we can be.

Saatchi & Saatchi Offices, London. Booth seating

(Photography: Gareth Gardner)


Pageant Media Offices, London. Booth seating

(Photography: Thomas Fallon)


Spark44 Offices, London. (Photography: Gareth Gardner)


If you’d like to incorporate any of these office design trends and predictions into your workplace, get in touch with the team at Paramount.

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