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Trends in the office

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Competition is getting tougher, competitive pressure is increasing. Still, 70 percent of the people work in conventional, rigid cubicles, whereas, in times of a dynamic development of information and communication technologies, flexibility has become the dictate of the moment. There are five major trends determining the working world and characterizing the planning and designing of tomorrow’s offices.

1.    Mobility
Smartphones, tablets, and notebooks make “the office” independent of the place, permitting free access to data anytime and anywhere . More and more people work in decentralized business centres, at home, or while they’re on their way.

2.    Networking
Conventional hierarchies in enterprises are increasingly replaced by decentralized networks, where everybody contributes his/her performance, in the team, but still independent of time and place. Traditional office work is becoming less

3.    Communication
Speed and complexity are the key factors of communication. Modern technology ensures speed, whereas complex contexts demand direct discussions. This requires adequate room concepts for face-to-face communication on site.

4.    Efficiency
As the pressure to perform increases, organization is becoming the determining factor of interior design. Good office architecture ensures efficient working processes and supports communication. Space optimization and intelligent, cost-saving utilization concepts are increasingly gaining in importance.

5.    Design
A cultivated style in the fields of interior design and furniture is becoming more and more important. Good office architecture boosts the employees’ motivation and commitment and communicates the company’s corporate identity. The purist and functional design of the past years has served its time and is now softened by emotional features. Employees and visitors alike are meant to be comfortable in their environment. To this end separate areas are created such as working cafés, crossways and lounges. Open middle zones encourage informal communication, retreat areas permit reflection and

The consequences
In terms of furnishing, there are several functional and design trends reflecting the above mentioned developments taking place in the working world.

Middle zone
Open middle zones encourage communication and are readily used for retreat. Simple solutions for sitting/standing are combined with lounge or cafeteria furniture and sometimes with mobile partition elements and cabinets. In these zones,
corporate culture may manifest itself in a very lively form.

Sitting/standing workstations and furniture for stand-up communication
Not only height-adjustable workstations, but also short standup meetings (using high tables and barstools) are getting more and more popular. This is not only sensible from an ergonomic point of view, but it also has a favourable effect on the efficiency of communication. Stand-up meetings are usually more target-oriented than conventional sit-down meetings.

Pedestals & sideboards are increasingly equipped with seat upholstery, inviting to participate in short meetings at the workplace. Concealed technology facilitates workflows. Accessory panels are more and more provided with design elements, thus spicing up the workplace.

Colours and shapes
The office is becoming more colourful. Everything is permitted that emphasizes the architecture and provides for a harmonious colour world enhancing people’s well-being and promoting corporate culture.

New technology in communication areas
In meeting rooms, the professional integration of new technologies for visualization and multimedia applications is gaining in importance. Standardized solutions for installation of cable management, presentation and networking are on the way up. Video conferencing and related room solutions are aspects of growing significance.

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