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What Were the Popular Office Design Trends of 2017

01-25-2018 04:53 PM CET | Fashion, Lifestyle, Trends

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Corporate office design trends in 2017 led us to greener, more sustainable office environments while accelerating the move toward healthier, more mobile-friendly, open workspaces. This was also the year that two office furniture trends combined, as the prevailing "authenticity-oriented" design aesthetic began to incorporate clearly identifiable residential design elements, resulting in a new crossover mix (dubbed "resimertial") that introduces casual home comforts into formal office environments.

Are Your Office Designs Green, Sustainable, and now Biophilic?

The trend gurus at Pantone certainly had their finger on the pulse of the design community when they announced that "PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery" was color of the year in 2017.

Indeed, "Green Design" was at the heart of 2017 corporate office design trends, as engineers, designers, manufacturers, and suppliers stepped up their efforts to make the places we work more ecologically-friendly and sustainable.

In March, we took a look at the many ways renewable energy systems, building automation and earth-friendly interior design elements and furnishings are working together to make where we work more pleasant and green ( Among the highlights:

• More and more new office buildings are using smart technologies, ranging from solar-assisted air-conditioners and heat pumps to green rooftop gardens in order to reduce energy consumption, with the most advanced facilities either requiring no net power from the grid (net zero) or returning excess energy back to the grid ( ( net positive).

• Office furniture trends in 2017 also saw an increased focus on promoting healthy conditions inside buildings, by specifying environmentally friendly furnishings, sealants, paints, and carpets that don't produce dangerous indoor air pollution, as well as the use of safe, biodegradable cleaning and maintenance products once the building is occupied.

Designers in 2017 focused on our innate human desire to be around nature and natural elements while at work.

As a result, a new environmentally-oriented term entered the corporate office design trends lexicon in 2017: biophilic architecture and design. We took a deep dive into the biophilic design approach in July, with an article that explores how natural design elements in the workplace ( can help us become happier and more productive at work, by reducing our blood pressure for example or by improving our attentiveness on the job. Some of the wide range of ways we can bring the outdoors inside the office include:

• Building living green "plant walls" in lobby spaces that help improve the quality of indoor air while controlling ambient sound levels.
• Specifying authentic, natural materials for the office environment, such as Formaspace's Weldmarx line of office desks, tables, and storage units, which are available with all natural hardwood work surfaces, made from solid walnut, maple, and more.

Open Floor Plans and Flexible, Ergonomic Furniture for a Changing Work Culture

In a working world that's increasingly influenced by millennials, 2017 was the year that open, flexible, activity-based floor plans became the new normal in office design trends, leaving traditional closed office layouts and cubicle workspaces on the back-foot.

Lounge spaces, office cafeterias, and break rooms ( are once again seen as increasingly important elements for building a successful work culture. They provide a venue for those highly-desired "spontaneous interactions" between employees that can lead to innovations (while at the same time breaking down the tendency of departments into information "silos" than can bog down organizations.)

Don't overlook ways to use conference rooms to their maximum benefit ( With some clever furniture design, we can help you transform these large spaces into multi-purpose rooms that encourage team-building and more.

Also among the top office furniture trends in 2017 are flexible, ergonomic furniture solutions that promote health in the workplace (, such as sit-to-stand desks. Sit-to-stand desks help keep everyone moving, by encouraging employees to change their seating position throughout the day in order to move muscles, relax strained eyes, and unwind brain activity in order to let fresh creative thoughts come in.

Finally, 2017 saw raised awareness of an important consequence of open, activity-based office design layouts — the need to provide dedicated quiet workplaces for those who need extra quiet in order to concentrate on work. Advanced building construction details as well as furnishings, wall-coverings, and carpeting that provide acoustic control are also part of the solutions.

Authenticity and Home Style Comforts Rule Office Design Trends

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Formaspace fosters the spirit of discovery and creation through the design and manufacture of unique furniture solutions. Our Industrial Design & Engineering team rapidly develops problem-solving furniture systems for large and small conference rooms, private offices, co-working spaces, makerspaces, cafes, lounges, laboratories, industrial environments, K-12, Universities, and beyond.

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