2017 Office Furniture Trends
The contemporary work environment requires constant tweaking if it is to serve the constantly changing needs of businesses and employees. Designing suitable workspaces that promote flexibility and functionality, while catering for the diverse nature of the modern workforce, is an essential element of running a successful enterprise.
This month, we investigate up and coming office furniture designs and trends that are set to take us into 2017.
Soft furniture in collaborative workspaces is already an established trend. However, the need for collaboration, flexibility and relaxation among employees during a typical workday is on the rise. We therefore expect to see the introduction of soft furniture with a ‘home away from home’ feel in 2017.
Soft colours will be a big trend in the coming year. We expect that the 2016 Pantone colour of the year, Rose Quartz, will spill over into 2017 with the addition of Kale, Hazelnut, Greenery and Pale Dogwood as favourites in furniture design. Office furniture themes that are likely to be in vogue will be characterised by rich texture and the addition of impressive design detail.
To optimise office space and create a modern feel, companies will be getting rid of the clutter. This will lead to the adoption of a minimalist office design. The minimalist approach is characterised by high quality furniture with a low component count that makes space planning and furniture installation simpler. This trend will continue well into 2017 as organisations embrace simplicity as a key element of design.
A number of factors have prompted the need for privacy in the modern office environment. The introduction of office breakout areas and the collaborative office concept have come with some disadvantages, which include high levels of noise and the lack of privacy.
Private seating and telephone booths as well as bus shelter designs will be a must have in 2017. These designs allow for the absorption of background noise and create areas where private conversations can take place without having to leave the office. Acoustic furniture will be another popular trend, with specialised sound proofing panels to assist when focused work is required.
Office furniture trends in 2017 are all about designing functional areas for employees to improve collaboration and productivity while adding a modern touch to the workspace. For more information on the perfect office furniture solution for your office in 2017 give the Ukhuni design team a call today.