OF­FICES ARE NO LONGER JUST UTILITARIAN; IN­NO­VA­TIONS IN FUR­NI­TURE, LIGHT­ING AND DÉ­COR ARE AIMED AT EN­HANC­ING PRO­DUC­TIV­ITY AND WELL-BE­ING. AND WE SHALL SEE MORE OF THEM IN 2017

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mo­bile and dy­namic na­ture of to­day’s work­place chal­lenges. Here are some trends that will set the tone for work­ing hard and work­ing in style. ples of smart choices to sup­port a well-de­signed, high func­tion­ing and adapt­able work­place. Soft wiring is a sim­ple in­stal­la­tion method that saves time, in­creases safety and al­lows rewiring,” says Sa­gar Datta, founder of an in­te­rior de­sign com­pany. As in­ter­ac­tions with busi­ness as­so­ciates be­come more cor­dial, even office in­te­ri­ors are sport­ing more in­for­mal el­e­ments. “In­for­mal seat­ing is tak­ing over the erst­while trend of high back chairs and meet­ing rooms. These are get­ting re­placed by work­benches, desk pods and col- lab­o­ra­tive break­out fur­ni­ture. Low seat­ing or in­for­mal seat­ing such as stools and bean­bags clubbed with bright colours are bril­liant spa­ces that pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion tional un­der desk per­sonal pedestal, 2017 will fo­cus on large shared units with se­cure in­di­vid­ual stor­age spa­ces. The new range of stor­age avail­able in a va­ri­ety of metal­lic and wood fin­ishes also makes for ex­cel­lent par­ti­tion­ing with­out the need for di­viders,” adds Datta.

With the ‘go green’ mantra pick­ing up, or­gan­i­sa­tions seek to lever­age it even more in the cor­po­rate world. “Of­fices will move away from grey and neu­tral coloured car­pets to floor­ing made out of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als. There is a ris­ing trend to ex­peri- wall­pa­per can turn a bor­ing meet­ing room into a very warm wel­com­ing dis­cus­sion area,” ex­plains Bar­nita Biswas, In­te­rior De­signer and sec­tion head of a plat­form for dé­cor ideas. Ac­cord­ing to Datta, plain tex­tured op­tions

Ap­pro­pri­ate floor­ing can go a long way in curb­ing noise, apart from ac­cen­tu­at­ing the aes­thet­ics. “As most of­fices have open-plan spa­ces and sev­eral floor lev­els, the need for floor­ing that of­fers sound dead­en­ing prop­er­ties is re­ally im­por­tant to

Of­fices will re­flect a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of lights and colours, thus cre­at­ing less stress­ful en­vi­ron­ments. “An office with plenty of day­light cre­ates pos­i­tive en­ergy among em­ploy­ees. At the same time, colours play an im­por­tant role too; the colour theme can be var­ied—warm or cool, monochro­matic or colour­ful—but it’s im­por­tant that it’s used in the right pro­por­tions and com­ple­ments the na­ture of work and in­di­vid­ual psy­cholo­gies,” ex­plains Biswas. Use of glass can also make spa­ces ap­pear big­ger, with nat­u­ral light adding eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal value. More­over, sim­ple struc­tured fur­ni­ture can pro­vide the right mix of sim­plic­ity and so­phis­ti­ca­tion,” adds Dutta. Other trends for 2017 in­clude clever stor­age de­vices and mul­ti­pur­pose sta­tions. “With of­fices go­ing pa­per­less over time, stor­age re­quire­ments are limited to cen­tral com­pactor stor­age and some per­sonal stor­age. Pedestal stor­age op­tions have re­placed con­ven­tional per­sonal draw­ers and stor­age units,” con­cludes Biswas.

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