5 Big Trends that Will Dominate Office Designs in 2014

These days a company’s office space is a direct reflection of the company’s identity and brand.  When you walk into a cool office space it should feel like an experience in interacting with that brand.  Typically reserved for ad agencies and mega brands with entire campuses,  modern office trends are showing up across all industries. Whether it’s designing a new  office entirely or modifying areas, such as the reception area using a modern visitor management tool like the iPad Receptionist, this trend is growing quickly and making lasting impressions. “From integrating the latest technology to increased collaboration among coworkers, work environments are changing and so must the way offices are furnished,” said Ann Sennewald, vice president of merchandising at CORT. Here are 5 big office design trends from Design & Trend we will see in 2014.

1. Open spaces

Cubicles are a thing of the past now. Not it is all about “hot desking” which gives employees the space to move around and work where they want.

According to CORT, lounge seating areas are a key furnishing and office design trend that enable collaboration. Lower walls and open office cubicles foster a team environment. Unassigned tables put between work spaces are also enabling employees to meet and collaborate spontaneously.

2. Mobility

Offices are more mobile in general and so should work spaces. CORT finds that most chairs have wheels, but stools and standing height tables are also becoming popular. Seating that can move with employees is fostering the collaboration and flexibility mentioned above. Today’s employee is also increasingly aware of the health effects of prolonged sitting, hence the focus on ergonomic chairs for employees at all levels and stand up desks.

3. Bringing the outdoors in

People work better when they don’t feel like they are couped up inside all day. Bris Aluminum says greenery and plants will be in a lot more offices as well as access to roofdecks.

4. More kitchen and eating rooms

Everyone knows that people commune around food so why not make more spaces that accomodate that? Plus, eating together can bring about more collaboration.

5. Bright colors and designs

No more boring gray or blunt white. Get ready for some colors and fun patterns in offices! So many studies show that certain colors like red and orange stimulate productivity.

This post originally appeared on Design & Trend

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