Workplace Design Trends for 2020
Workspace design has always been hanging by a thread of being too gimmicky or evidently boring and uninspiring. Sometimes at the cost of being too cool or trendy, the designers might lose focus on functionality and practicality.
From the business point-of-view, the fundamental requirements are always employee satisfaction and productivity apart from incorporating the core business objectives in the design elements. The workspaces are going through rapid modifications as the organizations are adapting cutting-edge technologies as part of their digital transformation journey, paving a path to newer design trends in recent times.
On the verge of 2020, Hidecor would like to highlight some of these trends that will continue to get more large-scale acceptance among various industries while others will be making their first impression in the world of interior workspace solutions.
The concept of Biophilia, the innate tendency of humans to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, has been around for the last 35 years. Several studies have concluded the negative impact of a space devoid of nature on employee health and well-being, and also an evident link with productivity.
The popular application includes applying natural lights, indoor plants, water-bodies and using design elements like natural colours or materials to emulate the outdoor environment. A strategic and well-designed approach can start reaping benefits from day one by improving air quality, reducing noise and insulation from heat. As the results are quite evident and can be applied at various budgets, the biophilic trend has become mainstream in recent times and will continue to get momentum in 2020.
Another complementing trend is go-green to comply with the concepts of ecological sustainability. Higher investment and diminishing returns were the key roadblocks to this design ideology so far but various technological advancement and innovations have now provided various choices for the designers and architects. Reusable, recyclable, non-toxic, energy-efficient and locally produced materials are now readily available that are competitively priced and fully functional to be incorporated in any modern design.
As global environmental crisis compels societies to adopt various philosophies of sustainability, more organizations will reduce their carbon footprint and implement green design concepts as their core mission in the new decade.
At Hidecor, we act on a commitment to sustainable design – from responsibly sourcing materials to practising clean manufacturing processes that minimize waste and conserve natural resources; Keeping up to this Carbon Neutral Floors™ by Interface flooring were used while designing for bigbasket’s office in bangalore.
Modular designs have gained popularity since the rise of coworking offices and have gradually paved the way for flexible and reconfigurable furniture into mainstream workspace designs. The primary benefit of this design is the maximum utilization of the floor space to meet the changing business needs. Whether it is a networking event or a meeting or a townhall – simple alterations of modular walls, room dividers, raised floors and flexible furniture system can transform the space within hours.
Today modular designs are the foundation of agile workspace concept that allows the space reconfiguration in a time and cost efficient manner. As more businesses will continue to shift to people-centric rather than being space-centric, rapid and flexible response to change will be the top priority for any workspace.
Starting from biometric access to simple motion sensors, the smart sensor market has boomed exponentially in recent times and with the advent of connected devices, the application of IoT sensors will continue to grow in the new decade. The key application will be in lighting, HVAC, motion detection and energy use. Interestingly, the ecosystem of sensors will produce invaluable data for the organizations to be analyzed to take corrective actions in workspace maintenance and efficiency.
Various industries will see a surge of micro-trends like art installations or applying residential aesthetics at the workspace, but the heart of any design concept will be the company’s corporate culture and aligning that with employee satisfaction.
The trends that are practical, future-proof and cost-effective will continue to grow in 2020 while others will only have a sporadic impact. Hidecor, being an expert in end-to-end commercial interior design, will continue to provide the best solution to develop a unique brand identity for the organization in the form of their office space – a space that will attract and retain the best talents of the industry.