Office Design Trends to Expect in 2020

2020-01-10T16:14:15+00:00January 10th, 2020|Workplace Design|

With the start of the new year, people all over the world are feeling inspired to start something new in 2020. For many people, that might be a new fitness plan or another lifestyle change. But while you’re thinking about all the things you can do to live your best life in 2020, why not consider how you can improve time spent at work?

Reconsidering your office design is a great way to energize employees going into the new year. Not only can it help improve productivity, it’s a great way to show appreciation for all their hard work and make them feel more engaged. Not sure where to begin? Get some inspiration from these workplace design trends:

A lounge space created with a Clipper Screen, Jenny Round Low chair, Alight Bench Ottoman, Campfire Personal Table, and Bassline Storage.A Clipper Screen is placed behind a Jenny Round Low Chair to create space definition and add privacy to a lounge. Pictured with an Alight Bench Ottoman, a Campfire Personal Table, and Bassline Storage.

Improving Privacy

As open offices grew in popularity, many workers quickly became frustrated by the lack of privacy. While open offices aren’t going away, there is a growing trend toward restoring balance by improving privacy in the workplace. 

Incorporating spaces with varying degrees of privacy can give people the ability to work in spaces that will help them be their most productive. Office privacy solutions can range from sound masking systems to desk screens and portable screens. Having so many options to choose from gives you the ability to create privacy without losing any flexibility in your space.

Bassline Coffee Table with Manhole Cover Custom Top in a lounge settingA Bassline Table with a customized tabletop is paired with a Bivi Rumble Seat.

Personality in the Workplace

When we spend so much of our lives in the office, why not make that time more fun and enjoyable? The idea that offices are cold, impersonal spaces is quickly becoming a thing of the past as more and more companies choose to add personality to office design. Very often, this means playful design touches, more casual and comfortable residential-inspired lounge areas, and other fun office features like game rooms. These types of fun zones are an effective way to bring new life to your office culture. 

Lady sitting on a Jenny Low Lounge Chair using her phone with a Campfire Paper Table and a Buoy with a White Campfire Slim TableThis lounge area, featuring plants and wood paneling, also includes a Turnstone Buoy, Campfire Paper Table, Jenny Club Low Chair, and a Campfire Slim Table

Back to Nature

Biophilic design has been a major trend in workplace design for the past few years and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2020. Biophilic design is centered around the idea that humans have an innate need to feel connected to nature and with numerous studies showing positive connections between biophilic design and employee wellness and productivity, companies of all sizes are looking for ways to bring nature into the office. This can range from maximizing natural light to incorporating plants, decorating with colors found in nature, or adding furniture that reminds people of natural elements, such as wood or stone. 

A workstation of Bivi Desks is configured to support team meetings and individual work. Pictured with Shortcut 5-Star Chairs in stool and chair heights. A workstation of Bivi Desks is configured to support team meetings and individual work. Pictured with Shortcut 5-Star Chairs in stool and chair heights. 

Supporting a Diverse Workforce

The workforce is becoming more diverse than ever before and, in turn, companies are responding by creating more diverse offices. Everybody has their own unique styles of work and it’s very easy for their needs to change multiple times throughout the day, depending on what’s being worked on. To accommodate a larger range of employee needs, companies are designing offices to include a variety of different types of spaces so that people have the ability to work in the area that suits them best. 

A man and a woman sit across from each other on Buoy seating .Turnstone Buoys are a seating option made with a 87% recyclable material and 5% recycled content. 

Prioritizing Sustainability

Designing an office always takes a lot of careful thought and planning, but recently, there has been a growing trend toward designing offices in a way that minimizes their environmental impact. For some companies, this may mean choosing high-quality furniture that will last longer and stay out of landfills. Furniture made with sustainable fabrics and other materials are also in high demand.

Are you planning to give your office a new look for 2020? Browse the full range of Turnstone products that can help you bring these trends to your space.