11 January 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
There has been “a noticeable shift towards home-inspired interiors” in the workplace, according to Amanda Godwin-Jones, office interior design, fit-out and refurbishment specialist and Morgan Lovell’s London design team leader.
Godwin-Jones has said that in 2017 clients will be seeking “a warmer and more homely feel for their offices providing employees with a welcoming and secure environment. As such, the modern workplace is being inspired by domestic interiors. Natural flooring or textured carpets, and desks made from timbers, rather than laminate, are all becoming more popular”.
She added that “teapoints”, reflecting the home with quality surfaces that are durable and aesthetically pleasing, would also become more popular.
“We are also seeing an emphasis on craftsmanship, with clients taking an interest in bespoke joinery and investing in furniture that will stand the test of time. We expect to see more of this in 2017. Biophilia was a key trend in 2016 and we think this will continue.”
Godwin-Jones also said that offices had to be designed with longevity in mind. “Gimmicks which can date quickly and aren’t to every employee’s taste, will make way for more sensible features and areas that mimic a domestic environment instead,” she said. “Companies should invest in their employees’ environment, creating a versatile, comfortable space that empowers, offers stability and encourages productivity.”