Our working environments are in the process of changing. Nowadays, with the help of technology, we can work whenever and wherever we like. But what will the workplaces of the future be like? What challenges and opportunities will we face? Elisabeth Slunge, Brand, Range, Design Director at Kinnarps is an expert on the subject.
"A solid and structured future research is required to identify new trends. This is why we continually study external factors which have an impact on future workplaces. We have also worked with an international group of researchers, architects, designers, change consultants and ergonomists to obtain opinions and research from many different perspectives. Moreover we are always exchanging experiences with our customers. We assess these factors continuously to paint potential future scenarios," says Elisabeth.
A clear trend is the activity-based office. The need for personal workplaces will be reduced, while there will be an increase in the need for a variety of flexible, functional and creative environments to support various different activities. This is an issue that will have major impact for our work environments. Instead of having personal workplaces where all kinds of different tasks are carried out, we need different environments which are customized for different tasks and activities.
"The evolution of the workplace progress in different ways in different markets, different industries and develops differently in private and public sectors. We now see that many of our large international customers are very interested in new ways of working, to increase creativity and productivity levels. During the autumn, we have had many visitors in our activity-based office in Stockholm, which generated interesting discussions about new solutions.
At the conference Activity-based offices in the public sector in Stockholm on 9 December, Elisabeth Slunge presented how an office can be designed to become creative and productive for each staff member. Her presentation was based on Kinnarps' new Trend Report 2015.
"During the day, I presented a preview of our 2015 Trend Report. It shows trends that have an impact on our workplaces and the development of the activity-based office.
Large public authorities such as the Swedish Social Insurance Agency have introduced activity-based workplaces. We see a strong trend towards the active office. The workplace of tomorrow has to guarantee both a stylish design to attract new talent and a good working environment where many generations collaborate," says Elisabeth Slunge.
Do you want to know more about Kinnarps' 2015 Trend Report? Then do visit us at the Stockholm Furniture Fair on 3-7 February, where we will be displaying some of the new trends. You can also order a copy of the Trend Report here.