If you were to go back just 10 years, the office would be a very different place to what it is today. A combination of relentless advancements in technology, and our general understanding of how people and businesses collaborate, has resulted in workplaces that are beginning to challenge the very foundations of what we traditionally think of as an office space.
2015 is set to be an exciting year for the office with many forward thinking businesses already giving us a sneak peak of things to come, for this year and beyond!
The ‘College’ Social
The fall of the dull grey office and rise of the creative open plan is nothing new, but beyond the bold and colourful décor, the idea of what an office actually is could be turned on its head, according to industry experts. In today’s young, technology-driven workplace, the workforce are changing the focus from an office that is simply a real-estate model, to considering the office more in terms of what it needs to do for them. Let us explain…
The influx of youthful teams in many industries are beginning to see themselves as a social unit more so than ever before, creating a more intense feeling and awareness of belonging to a company. This progression is forcing the office to work around them, where it has traditionally been the other way round. Technology driven businesses will likely adopt a model not too dissimilar from that of a college social club.
The Decline of the Fixed Desk
Smartphones, tablets, and notebooks are forcing the office to be mobile and independent of location. Coupled with a gradual shift to cloud storage and sharing, the workforce is granted more or less free access to data anywhere and at any time. This decentralisation means that the office will have a whole variety of seating and spaces for a variety of work-styles. We’ve seen indoor park benches, circular tables, reclining arm chairs and even garden sheds that have been transformed to serve as hubs for productivity and collaboration.
Furniture as a Platform for Technology
With technology moving at such a rapid pace, it will be essential that your office furniture is geared towards supporting technology rather than integrating it. Furniture with technology integrated into its design, while looking the part, may only do so for the first 12 or 18 months before it becomes obsolete. This pitfall has created a demand for furnishings that are more neutral and can be adapted or built upon to remain as future proof as possible.
Every Office is Different
With so many creative and innovative businesses desperate to prove their worth, the humble office has become something of an artist’s canvas to explore the many fresh and exciting ways in which we can work in 2015. Interior design is meeting technology in a way that could never have been predicted before the digital age.
At Ultimate our experienced team combine all the skills that are required for furniture, fit out and refurbishment, to help build your business and transform your vision into a reality for 2015.
Posted February 17, 2015