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Office Design Trends: GIO Looks at the Changing Work Environment

Work environments are changing–and those who design and furnish offices are striving to keep pace. Over the last decade, we’ve seen a major evolution in office space design as companies migrate toward more open, flexible, and communicative workspaces.

As designers develop solutions that reflect the needs of the modern day workforce, we’re seeing trends that foster spontaneous collaboration, mobility, reconfiguration, and more. Here are 5 cutting edge office design trends that are transforming work as we know it.

1. Diversity in the Open Office

The open-plan office has come a long way since its beginnings: cubicles are out and shared desks, hot-desk pods and lounge seating areas are key furnishings and design trends that foster and encourage collaboration. The cutting edge open office of today offers numerous configurations of collaborative space, community space and private space that make it easy for workers to tailor their workplace to their liking.

Noise management is the single most important consideration of any collaborative space. Proper spacing between workstations, intelligent placement and use of noise absorbing materials and dividers, and integration of spaces for private work are keys to a successful open office plan. Interruptions and noise can kill productivity and are the number one complaint of employees in open workplaces. It’s important to have diverse spaces–make sure you have adequate space for employees to work alone or have some quiet time when desired.

2. Style and Culture

We’re seeing residential and hospitality design influencing the more informal areas of an office, such as a lounge or a break area. And boring colors are out–studies show that certain colors like red and orange stimulate productivity, so get ready for some colors and fun patterns in offices!

Research also shows the more extra facilities an employer offers, the greater chance staff will find the workplace an attractive office. Competition for talent is high, and employers are luring the cream of the crop with enticing extras such as communal kitchens, cafes, sleeping pods and yoga rooms.

3. Bringing the Outdoors In

People work better when they don’t feel like they are cooped up inside all day. Spending time around greenery can improve concentration, boost creativity and increase attention span.

4. Home for Events

Creating spaces within an office environment to hold events and engage with clients and collaborators is becoming important. Bringing the industry to your workplace is a good way for a business to go about making a mark in its sector. We’re seeing more offices designed with spaces for events, exhibitions, team meetings or industry lectures.

5. Authenticity

There are no set trends when it comes to workplace interiors–except authenticity. People prefer being in heritage buildings to traditional generic office buildings which can often feel fake and contrived. Layers, textures and heritage are what’s in for office interiors.

Look to GIO for on-trend, sophisticated tile and stone products that cover a range of styles to transform commercial spaces. From retail and restaurants to hospitals and hospitality we’ve assembled an assortment of collections in styles befitting the gamut of spaces you may be called to design.
























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