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7 Office Design Trends for 2018

7 Office Design Trends for 2018
22/01/2018

We saw plenty of exciting developments in the office design world in 2017, from customisable furniture to integrated technology. Following on from what was a groundbreaking year, we look set to see even more progressive and cutting edge trends in 2018.

Whether you’re considering a complete design overhaul or just want to make a few changes to boost productivity, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here. Read on to discover our top 7 trends for 2018!

Industrial Elements Industrial workspace design is continuing to grow in popularity due its raw, urban and edgy aesthetic qualities. Key elements of the industrial design include brick walls, hanging pendant lights, graffiti signage and exposed ceilings.

While not every company goes all-out industrial, some elements have found their way into more conventional workplace designs. Pendant lights, for example, have gone through a surge in popularity due to their versatility. Some companies even go for brick-effect wallpaper to add a little more aesthetic interest to their interiors.

We recommend this design for an office fit out in London or another major city with an industrial history.

Breaking Down the Walls When it comes to workplace communication, walls can be an inconvenience. For the simple reason that they put barriers between departments, more businesses are now tearing them down to adopt a communication-friendly open plan layout.

If you’re looking to maintain a departmental feel but share in the spoils of open communication, there is a compromise. For example, companies are now using screens, glass partitions, storage solutions and/or furniture as department dividers.

Dividers not only facilitate better communication, but prevent the office feeling claustrophobic by creating a more space and depth. They also allow more natural sunlight into the building, which said to have a number of benefits for staff. These benefits include greater alertness levels, lower blood pressure and better sleep at night.

Meeting Pods Rap’s recent trip to the 100% Design show in London highlighted that meeting pods are by no means a passing fad. There were a number of new, cutting edge designs which left a lasting impression on our designers, both in terms of their aesthetic qualities and practicality.

Among the most inventive designs was a pod with lockable wheels, integrated power sockets and removable walls. Another significant design was a glass meeting pod which could block out sound.

With companies going to great lengths to create a more collaborative working environment, we predict that meeting pods will be a popular trend in 2018.

Eco-Awareness While last year saw plenty of businesses embracing biophilia – where natural elements are brought into the office – this year they look to go a step further. Expect to see companies applying the idea of ‘green’ to more of their processes, from sourcing local food to introducing eco-friendly web hosting.

In terms of interior design, here are a few things that will help you to create an eco-friendly office:

Restored Furniture – Not only is restoring old furniture better for the environment, but can help to achieve and industrial / urban look.

LED Lighting – It is a long-known fact that LED lights consume less electricity, which helps to reduce your carbon footprint.

Dual Flush Toilets – Introducing these toilets is a great way to save water and, in turn, lower the impact on the environment.

In addition to these, the biophilic looks set to be popular again in 2018. Consider teaming walls of green foliage and office plants with the above to really instill a green ethos!

For more information follow this link: 7 Office Design Trends for 2018

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