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We don’t know what the future holds, but office design can help us be ready for it

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Charles Marks

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The way we carry out office design is important because of what it tells us about how we work, how organisations function and even what is happening in the economy. If you want to know what’s going on, take a look at office interior solutions and the contemporary office furniture with which we surround ourselves. Because the way we work changes so quickly, office design needs to have flexibility built into it so that the workplace can meet our needs today but anticipate what we will need tomorrow. In terms of our workplaces, the ability to respond to change is perhaps the most important facet of an effective office interior design.

So the challenge for those responsible for developing office interior solutions, including designers and facilities managers,  is how best to manage change, keep costs down and provide a flexible home for the organisation.

The development of sophisticated office interior design ideas can introduce degrees of flexibility in the office fit-out. And If we take an idealised view of the modern office as a flexible, social space for a mobile, democratised and technologically literate workforce, the solution lies in an increased use of desk sharing, drop in zones, break out space and other forms of multi-functional workspaces. In turn these spaces must be designed to accommodate the latest office interior design ideas and use the most appropriate contemporary office furniture.

Elements of the office interior design that were once considered static must offer far larger degrees of flexibility in terms of the elements that make up the complete office fit-out.  Services such as office furniture supply and the specification of lighting, storage and partitions are essential. The office interior solution should incorporate these elements to define space, portray corporate identity, comply with legislation and act as an aid in wayfinding. They must do all these things as part of the office design but also be able to adapt as the organisation changes. We may not always know exactly what the future holds, but we can work today to be ready for it.