Office desks have dominated the office environment for decades and although we’ll always need somewhere to sit and work, experts are predicting we’ll see fewer traditional desks in the future. New technologies coupled with flexible ways of working are changing the style and position of this workplace staple. Here are our predictions about the influence that colour and space will have on office desk buyers in the coming months.
An organic colour shift for office desks
In a recent article by Mashable that celebrated 13 Playful Workplaces that reinvent the office space, it was clear that ‘bringing the outside in’ is firmly back on the agenda. With astroturf making its way onto the office walls of trend setting corporations, the rules of office decoration are being turned on their head. Natural greens, browns and pebble greys give employees a sense of being in the great outdoors – an inspiring and health promoting environment rather than a sterile, sleek workspace.
Although Beech and Ash are still a good choice, it’s worth considering the warmer shades of Autumn Cherry, Walnut and Wenge. Many of our office desks, such as those in our Linnea range are available in these natural colours and a review of our colour swatches will give you plenty of inspiration.
Off the beaten track – office desks in new positions and layouts
Like the winding of a forest path, innovative office floor plans meander in a less formal fashion. They offer inspiring spaces that focus on suiting the instinctive behaviour of people working on projects together. While there will still be a place for some banks of desks, it’s worth organising them in smaller groups amongst organically shaped meeting and recreation zones. Try using specially designed curved screening instead of uniform, straight edged cubical walls Orangebox manufacture a range of stylish screens that sweep around, enclosing office desks, vending areas or even small training rooms in colourful modern bubble shaped pod.
Stepping stones – small office desk changes that make a big difference
Many of us have moved away from using a desktop PC and monitor in favour of tablets, smart phones and laptops. The days of cable trays and CPU holders are numbered. This allows us the luxury of choosing slimmer, simpler desks and tables and use the space left over for collaboration. We can supply desks of various widths like our Callisto range to help you with this transition.
If a complete floor plan reorganisation is not possible for you at the moment and you’d like to create some informal meeting areas as a step towards a more flexible environment, our circular meeting extensions can enhance your existing office desks providing a small meeting table ideal for ad-hoc catch-ups.
Whether you’re braving the world of inventive floor and décor planning or looking to take smaller steps towards a more ergonomic office, contact Office Furniture Scene today to find out more about how our range of novel office desks and furnishings can complement your future office interior.