Kinnarps and Nichetto studio interpret future workspace trends

2015-02-04

Design for diversity, techiture and office biology. These are terms you should know if you are interested in the trends of the future workspace. Kinnarps Trend Report 2015 raises the question of how we should adapt workspace design to the diversity in today’s workforce. Nichetto Studios’ inspiring interpretation of the report can be seen at Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Luca Nichetto

Kinnarps’ Trend Report 2015 ”Workplace and life space design for the diverse decade” is presented at Stockholm Furniture Fair. In the report, Kinnarps has together with leading experts within the fields of architecture, design and technology, identified the workspace trends of the future. Diversity is a red thread throughout the report that covers how future workspaces can satisfy the needs and demands from different generations, personalities and genders.

An installation that brings out emotions

Renowned Luca Nichetto Design Studio was asked to create a visual installation at Stockholm Furniture Fair based on the trends that are presented in the report. The result is an installation where the main objective has been to create inspiring architecture and not to create a traditional stand. The stand is multilayered and the future workspace is presented through different perspectives and layers. Kinnarps’ stand is a combination of the trends presented in the report.

- We spend more and more time at work, which makes it important to create an enjoyable and homelike workplace. This was one of our main goals with the stand. We may be romantic, but we hope that the installation will bring out emotions. The workplace is not just a place you go to do your job, but also a place where emotions are created. For example, it is not uncommon that people meet the love of their life at work, says Luca Nichetto.

The standards of today’s professional environments were set in a time when the workplace was mainly an analogue environment for men in their middle ages. Today’s workplaces are totally different in many aspects and it is time to let the diversity of the people that work there guide the design of the environment.

Ditch default thinking

Our professional lives are getting longer and today it is not uncommon that four generations work side by side. In addition to age, there are differences in personality, gender and culture. This diversity is important to take into consideration when designing future workspaces. It is also important to bear in mind that our senses are highly affected by our work environment and how we use digital devices is another important aspect.

- One important conclusion in the report is that we need to ditch default thinking and that we should focus on inclusive design that takes into consideration the full range of human diversity. Some people are extroverts who are comfortable with open-plan offices, while others are introverts that require a calmer environment. Some people are content with always being connected others experience so called tech fatigue, says Paulina Lundström, Market and Communication Director, Kinnarps.

The five future workplace trends
 

Design for diversity – How design must meet the needs of many

One size fits no one in today’s modern workforce, which is more diverse than ever. As borders blur in our working world – from geographical to those connected to gender, age and physical or psychological differences – higher demands are placed on the professional environment to attract and keep talent. This continuous shift and development calls for a redrawing of not only workplace policies but the workspace itself, from architecture to furniture. Design has the power to both unite and divide, and inclusive design is the key to our future work environment.

Office Biology– How our work environment is adapting to our minds and bodies

Health is wealth they say. Today, our cognitive cogs, and the diversity between them, are being increasingly seen as equally important to our physical needs in the workplace. Research within psychology lets our minds take as much space as our bodies in design development, laying out a set of opportunities for creating a healthy as well as efficient environment.

Techiture- How analogue and digital architecture create the future workplace

Architecture and technology interaction is a main driver in the next great design shift. Digital solutions for more seamless ways of work are already here, making those who seize these opportunities winners in the coming decade of diversity. We are living in the age of Techiture and designing for workplaces adapted to human relevance, not hardware dominance is key.

Co-creation - How we collaborate without borders

Radical openness, total transparency and an open source mindset are setting the stage for creation and collaboration without borders – a stage on which design has a leading role. Collaborating and creating together – from anywhere, at any time, in small companies as well as large corporations – is becoming simpler and smoother, and these new possibilities are impacting the design of everything from small objects to work stations and whole buildings.

Micro-multinationals - How our connected lives give way to more individual connections

Borderlessness distinguishes the modern workforce, with people constantly moving from one place to another and the task at hand being accessible through the virtual cloud across continents and countries. This drives a change where the growth of independent workers – freelancers, the self-employed, consultants and contractors – reflects an entrepreneurial surge of start-ups and sole proprietorships. In search of supportive places to work beyond home offices and Internet cafés, this brings the emergence of a new category of workspace, and design will follow suit.

For more information, contact:
Ida Gustafsson, Kinnarps AB, ida.gustafsson@kinnarps.se, +46 515 383 89
Anton Frank, Kinnarps AB, anton.frank@kinnarps.se, +46 515 388 18