Office Furniture Trends 2015
Competitive business pressures and rapidly evolving communication technologies continue to shape the changing design of New Zealand office environments in 2015. Around 75 per cent of people continue to work in traditional office environments, however new technology delivers greater flexibility and office design is adapting to those changes.
People are increasingly working from home and while on the move. New technology such as smartphones and tablets is driving mobile offices, with free access to data any place, any time, making location less important.
Classic hierachial company structures are out, replaced by decentralised networks. Flatter organisational structures mean greater collaboration and communication. And this in turn demands spatial design suitable for face-to-face communication on the spot.
Designing office spaces for communication is a key trend sure to continue in 2015. Shared spaces are becoming more important, with the old style cubicles becoming a thing of the past. Hot desking, where employees are encouraged to move around and work where they want is growing in popularity.
Lounge seating zones and lower or no partition office walls foster team work and communication. Shared tables between work spaces allow employees to meet spontaneously.
Sit stand height adjustable desking and fixed high tables and stools provide environments for ad hoc meetings and brain storming sessions. The ergonomic benefits of standing or moving around the office part of the day is gaining greater acceptance.
Greenery and plants are being incorporated more into office space design. Bringing the outdoors inside or designing for indoor-outdoor flow allows people to work better and feel less like they are couped up inside all day.
More thought is also going into incorporating dining areas into shared spaces as people love to commune and collaborate around food.
Boring office grey won’t be making a come back any time soon. Bright colours and designs will continue to be used more extensively in office spaces. Studies continue to show bright colours such as orange and red stimulate productivity and provide a happier work environment.