7 June 2022 | Updated: June 8, 2022
Office design has changed completely in recent years. The corporate centres that once housed compartmentalised spaces full of cubicles, brown or black walls and independent desks have become wide open spaces filled with natural light, shared tables, neutral colours and furniture that adapts to the user. These and other changes in the interior design of offices are showcased below with the Porcelanosa collections.
Luminous spaces to encourage creativity
Offices full of bulky furniture, metal filing cabinets up to the ceiling and over-the-top decoration are a thing of the past. Especially in coworking spaces, where teamwork is enhanced through brightly-lit areas decorated with neutral colours, light or colourful textiles (increasingly, green, red, yellow or orange on a white base) and organic materials that foster creativity.
Organic and biophilic interior design has gained prominence in this type of space due to the well-being it conveys. These days, coworking offices are not just designed for work, but also to relax and hang out in groups. Hence the incorporation of rest areas, the inclusion of courtyards and indoor gardens, or meeting rooms with a cafeteria and multimedia equipment.
In this redesign of offices, many architects and interior designers are relying on materials with natural textures, such as the Solidker technical full-body porcelain stoneware from Porcelanosa, the PAR-KER® ceramic wood and the STON-KER® Bottega collection, also from Porcelanosa. Thanks to their innovative design and large size, these pieces can be used to create multifunctional and dynamic offices.
Another resource that is increasingly being used to plan coworking spaces is ergonomic and modular furniture. Its adaptability and customised design expands the uses and functions of these spaces, transforming offices into social meeting rooms or spaces to get away, where professional meetings can be organised, such as casual talks over coffee.
Versatile furniture and natural light
One of the latest trends in the design of coworking offices involves opening up work areas to the outside, thus gaining more natural light and space. It is increasingly common to find rooms that extend into the hallway, combining flooring and wall coverings into a single aesthetic or including large translucent glass windows. The use of collections such as Concrete Grey by Solidker with Butech's raised-access floor conceals technical elements, yielding a wide-open space with no limits or separators.