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
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.