Three Trends in Office Design

It’s hard to define precisely what the “office of the future” will look like, but top corporate designers from around the country agree that it will look nothing like our traditional (and quickly fading) concept of the corporate workplace. Branding—expressing organizational personality, culture, and mission through design—takes center stage as we move forward, so the visual cues, colors, materials, and textures that work for one kind of company—say, an internet startup—might be totally inappropriate for a more established Fortune 500. But variety will be a constant in all of them, from the types of functional spaces found within the workplace to the multi-ethnic, multigenerational workforces that populate them—or not, as mobile working becomes as much the norm in the 21st century as cubicles were in the 20th.

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