Office Lighting Design Trend Report

Office Lighting Design Trend Report

29 Jun, 2024

Trend One: Bionic Interior Design

Research shows that spending time in nature has a significant impact on mental health.

This has sparked a huge trend in nature-friendly office design.

Large plants and natural materials such as softwood and exposed wood are common

in many workplaces today.

The next step in development will be towards biomimetic design, where environments

will mimic the shapes, colors and textures of nature.

Designers will not just fill in natural elements, but create spaces that mimic nature.

Its key features include organic forms, circadian lighting and indoor gardens.



Trend 2: Opportunities for physical activity

Sitting for long periods of time is often associated with health issues, so height-adjustable

desks have become popular in many workplaces.

The future office will provide more places for people to stand and lean, rather than just sit.

This trend is not limited to desks.

AccorHotels' latest annual report shows that people are increasingly interested in active meeting

spaces - where participants stand or walk - and health-oriented team-building activities.

Trend 3: Hard and Soft Zones

Offices are becoming more like homes, but this is not suitable for all work activities.

Workplace providers address this problem by dividing spaces into different zones.

Rather than walls, they use subtle changes in materials and colors, lighting effects

and acoustic properties to separate spaces.

Through these changes, different comfort levels are delivered, which mark various

work styles and activities and help address issues such as distraction or fatigue.

Trend 4: Demountable Design

The global focus on sustainability has accelerated the shift towards demountable

design, an approach where interior design components are made from modular

parts that are held together without glue.

Products can be taken apart at the end of their life cycle, making them easier to

handle and also extending their lifespan. If individual parts wear out or

become damaged, they can be replaced.

This means that furniture can adapt as workplace needs change, with the major

benefit of providing room for personal customization.


Trend 5: Increased sense of control

As technology systems take more control of the work environment, people

increasingly need to be able to control their surroundings, whether for comfort

or task suitability reasons.

One solution is to install furniture, accessories and lighting systems that can be

adjusted without affecting the overall environment.

These range from giving everyone their own task light to DIY social spaces, and

furniture with lightweight materials and wheels that can be easily moved around.

Sound control/privacy is also an important consideration.

Trend 6: Experience-led amenities

Many companies are offering free breakfast and lunch to attract remote workers who

are reluctant to return to the office.

These companies are finding that the benefits of doing so not only save employee

costs, but also promote a sense of belonging and reduce loneliness.

Now, this and other types of experience-led, hotel-style amenities will become common.

For example, coffee bars, yoga studios and exhibition galleries are designed

to make the workplace more inviting.


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