The office of 2018

It’s no secret the office is ever changing, mainly in part due to technological advancements and our deeper understanding of the health and wellbeing impact of the environment around us.

As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, there has been an obvious shift away from enclosed cubicle-style offices to a more open, collaborative area.

This shift has been rapid in the last few decades as more trends and themes around healthier, more productive offices are brought to market, including eco-friendly designs, biophilic designs and open offices.

Offices have evolved rapidly since the 80s

We’ve compiled a list of a few of the trends that are being implemented into offices this year to ultimately create ‘the modern office’.

Streamlined layouts

Open, industrial office designs are being adopted at an increasing rate. With more space to play with, businesses are starting to introduce streamlined layouts. Textures can heighten the sensory elements of an office and create a nostalgic homely atmosphere, such as the ‘Resimercial’ office style.

Large comfy furniture with faux fur throws, acoustic fabric wall panels, woven rugs and bright, bold colours can help to stimulate focus, inspire collaboration and establish an interactive and inclusive company culture.


The Resimercial office style creates a homely atmosphere

More interaction

Collaborative brainstorms and meaningful relationships continue to be top of the agenda for businesses, as they empower employees by promoting open workspaces.
The buzz of creativity amongst staff working side-by- side can yield productivity and boost employee satisfaction and happiness.

While ground-breaking technological advancements can make a business a lot more
efficient, it still can’t replicate or replace face-to- face conversations. In fact, research by Mahdi Roghanizad and Vanessa K. Bohns found that one face-to- face conversation in the office is the equivalent to 34 e-mails!

Working in a shared area can boost creativity and productivity

Improved inclusion

The office should be accessible to everyone, but still we find some offices that aren’t designed to accommodate for those with physical impairments or disabilities.

Creative companies are pushing for new ways to improve accessibility by adopting furniture such as adjustable sit-stand desks and ergonomic chairs, to ensure staff can thrive in their environments.

Ideas being tested currently include wheelchairs that can be summoned by smartphone apps, real-time translation devices for the deaf and even quiet ‘library hours’ floors. It seems technology is going to be a big driver in shaping this year’s office.

Standing while working is shown to reduce the risk of injury

Smarter buildings

Businesses are now not just able to control the happenings in an office, but control the office itself.

The structure of an office can come equipped with tools to help optimise heating and cooling, and can even identify floors with the most foot traffic.

Smart buildings can converge flawlessly with biophilic and eco-friendly designs, where, for instance, natural light can be managed to nurture wellbeing and energy, while promoting productivity.

Smart buildings can optimise natural light

At Cobus, we create inspiring modern spaces; interiors that help people live, learn and work more successfully, as well as stay happier and healthier while they do it.