Course 7

Top Five Office Design Trends for 2021

Mary Hazlett, NCIDQ

By: Mary Hazlett, NCIDQ

Architectural-Interior Designer

Residential design style is being infused into corporate America.  The bold colors of the 1970s are making a return to office spaces, complimented by monochromatic black, white and or gray backgrounds. These are among the highlights from NeoCon, one of the commercial design industry’s largest events, in Chicago.

Held annually at The Mart since 1969, the event attracts over 50,000 design professionals to see and discuss the latest innovations in office layout and design.

Here are the top five office space design trends from NeoCon,

  1. Resimercial:

    A hybrid of residential and commercial design, more business environments are taking their inspiration from residential spaces for their office interior design. Traditional office furniture is giving way to more lounge-like environments. The office environment is changing with space designs that are incorporating visuals that resemble college lounge areas to create a more casual, collaborative atmosphere.

  2. Privacy Booths:

    With the rise of open office and work spaces and collaboration areas, organizations are seeking private spaces to have conversations, meeting and teleconferences. Open office design requires a greater need for adequate private offices and meeting spaces to create the most flexible and effective workspace possible.

  3. Mid-century modern:

    The clean lines that emerged in the 1950s and ‘60s are in vogue. Simple sophistication is the trend  compared to embellished furniture and office design.

  4. 1970s colors:

    More office furniture and decor are favoring black, white and grey backgrounds which are off-set by rich burgundies, warm yellow hues and deep navy-blues; soft corals and spearmint greens accent much of the aesthetic as well.

  5. Sound-absorbing components:

    From divider screens to curtains, many vendors are introducing products that are multi-functioning, they add office space design touches on walls and ceilings while also reducing noise levels in the work environment.


Throughout the course of the expo, hundreds of vendors had studios and booths on display for attendees to gather information on the various business space design options, pricing and comfort-levels of the latest office furniture, finishes and styles. Office space planning is critical for companies, and this information helps Uniland’s Planning and Design team work with clients on creating optimal workplaces for employee morale and business efficiency.

Contact us at 716.834.5000 to learn how we can help your business.

 

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