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Workplace Trends for 2019 | Kimball

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While some of the trends that experts are predicting for 2019 are a continuation of what some workplaces were already doing in 2018, there are still a number of new ones. Some that might even raise a few eyebrows.

Here’s a quick preview of the trends that experts believe will be popular for workplace design in 2019.

Different work settings for different tasks.
Okay, technically, designating different areas of the office space for employees to work alone, in collaboration with others, or without distractions, isn’t new. But utilizing furniture options that can be easily rearranged to an employee or team’s liking does take the concept further. The furniture buzzwords moving forward are “minimal restrictions”.

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Multifunctional rooms.
An adaptation of the designated space for 2019 will be to create small, multifunctional rooms that can be rearranged depending on the function. These rooms can be used for informal meetings, quiet spaces, interviews, or to relax with a cup of coffee. Versatility is the key — that includes the furnishings.

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photo source: Kimball

Space that contributes to employee well-being.
Employee health and psychological well-being will play a bigger role in office design for 2019. Research shows that people who experience higher levels of well-being are more resistant to colds, have a quicker recovery time from illness, a greater life expectancy, feel less pain, are more creative, and are better at problem solving. Literally, there’s no downside for a company to create a space that makes people feel good about working there.

Blurring the lines between the workplace and the comforts of home will also continue in 2019. For example, relaxation spaces will be a big plus to employees. Comfy seating, mini fridges stocked with cold beverages, and coffee machines will be a must.

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photo source: Kimball

Experience-driven spaces.
Another trend that experts expect to see among companies other than the high-tech and startups is something called experience-driven spaces. These spaces could include such features as massage therapy, yoga studios, meditation areas, virtual reality gaming spaces, espresso bars, and even rock-climbing walls or music stages.

The melding of furniture design and technology.
The introduction of laptops, cloud, and mobile phone technology into the workplace has increased the demand for more creatively thought out workstations. In 2019 expect to see more desks and workspaces with built-in technology like air-charging ports for mobile devices, under-desk mounted CPU holders, tabletop-embedded “personal assistant” touchscreens, electronic cable management systems, even Bluetooth-enabled standing desk controllers connected to mobile apps.

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Abstract patterns.
Plain walls are so 2018. Abstract patterns and geometric shapes will be the thing for 2019. In the halls, lobbies, and conference rooms, you'll start to see the use of bold shapes, colors, and patterns accenting the walls. Handcrafted, artisanal, and earth-based products will also be making their way into the office and wood furniture will be moving towards darker, more elegant tones.

The Second Nature trend.
The use of plants and biophilic design in office space will continue to grow. (Sorry, for the pun.) Living green walls, plants, trees, and flowers will be used more and more to bring the outside in. This once trendy fashion statement is now considered by many companies to be a “must have’ in 2019 workspace design.

Here are some other characteristics of this Second Nature trend:
• WELL certification
• Fitwell certification
• LEED certification
• Natural materials - biomorphic forms and patterns such as wood and stone
• Natural lighting
• Thermal comfort and high-quality ventilation
• Visual connections with nature

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So, if you’re designing a new space or giving your old space a makeover for 2019, make sure you keep these new trends in mind. If you need furniture to fill that space, we know a great place where you can look.

Living Coral | Pantone's Color of the Year 2019

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Image source: Pantone

It’s that time of the year! While everyone is giddy over the holidays, we’re gushing over the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019; 16-1546 Living Coral. The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Every winter, Pantone announces a “color of the year” - a retinal reflection of the cultural moment.

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

- Leatrice Eiseman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE

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Image source: Pantone



So…why coral?

We live in a digital world. Our lives are constantly consumed by technology + social media which leaves us wanting more authentic + intimate experiences. PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral’s social spirit engages nature while encouraging lighthearted activity. It evokes a playfulness that we so desire in our every day lives. The Color Institute states that it “symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Originally, the Greek word Coral corresponds to the element of the ocean + means ‘daughter of the sea’. It supports creative energies + displays a lively presence.


Coral in the Workplace

Generally, we tend to see more neutral colors in the workplace. With the recent focus on employee well-being, most work environments try not to visually overwhelm staff. The main goal is to provide employees with a healthy, appealing environment to increase productivity. Some might think coral is an overwhelming color to use. However, if used correctly, it can provide us with comfort + buoyancy.

Image source: https://www.decoist.com/2014-07-16/hot-color-trends-interior-design/

Image source: https://www.decoist.com/2014-07-16/hot-color-trends-interior-design/

Living Coral is the perfect bold statement for 2019. Use it in communal spaces such as pop-up installations + interactive areas. The Color Institute also adds, “As a color linked to tactility and human connection, PANTONE Living Coral in shag rugs, cozy blankets, and lush upholsteries create a warm, comforting, and nurturing feeling.”

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Use PANTONE 16-1546 in your designs!

Curious in how to use the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year? The Color Institute has created five different color pallets that feature Living Coral to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs + illustrate the dynamic nature of this color within various combinations.








Sources:

https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

https://colourpsychologytoday.com/colour-meanings