Sayonara, 2016. It’s time to move onto better things. After rounding up some pointers from our interior architect and design friends, this is what we learned about design’s future in 2017.
1. Trend Report from Kim Valente at Brick and Beam Studio
Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, Greenery, is having its moment. Keep your office space on trend by incorporating small bursts of this color, Kim advises. Her suggestion: start with desk accessories, like Poppin’s lime green set of letter trays, pencil cups, and more.
Speaking of greenery: planters are everywhere this season. Plants make people happy, according to some studies, and help purify the air. Their popularity also goes to show the rise of cozier, more domestic work environments (read about the power of Hygge)–think casual conference rooms with character to encourage collaboration rather than overly minimalist spaces.
To add life to any space, try terracotta over concrete or metal planters like this one in 2017.
2. Trend Report from Heather Marshall at Designs by Marshall
Designated Home Offices
Speaking of movement, more than 30 million Americans now work from home at least once a week, and 37% of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted for their job before. With the rise of remote work, our friends at Designs by Marshall predict a greater popularity in private home office installs, because working at the kitchen counter doesn’t always to cut it.
3. Trend Report from Jessica Korthuis at Sasaki Associates
Quiet Zones & Dividers
Open-plan offices may look beautiful and minimize costs, but noise distraction is real (if you’ve worked in one, you know what we’re talking about). As an antidote, offices should include a variety of places both for collaborative and private work so that headphones aren’t your only option when you need to focus. Watch out for private work coves, noise-cancelling dividers, and other barriers to put something between you and your coworker that loves heavy metal music.
We like this hanging divider that doubles as a lamp from De Vorm.
Wellness as a Priority in the Workplace
The WELL Building Standard, a design and construction criteria built on evidence-based medical and scientific research, has become a popular mechanism for health in built environments. The idea is that buildings we spend so many hours in everyday should coincide with our health and wellness, not work against it.
Finally, offices that flex to allow multiple workspaces not only aid focus, but encourage physical movement across the office during the day. This generation of workers is increasingly health-conscious, especially as more research continues to prove the harms of sitting and working long hours. Stand-biased desks and alternative, more active seating should be fixtures of the contemporary office in 2017.