2015 Office décor trends

Hi there!

With 2015 already halfway through, it’s interesting to see that many of the office décor predictions for the year have become a reality. Here are a few of the trends we love that are being seen in South African and international office spaces in 2015:

1. The evolution of the ‘good old open plan’

Increasingly, office spaces are becoming shared spaces, with the focus on open and collaborative, rather than cordoned-off and enclosed. But it’s not just rows of individual workstations; it’s more about comfort, ergonomics and flexibility. This is in keeping with today’s more open communication and the need for information sharing, brainstorming and collaboration. Smaller private places are still important though, for those meetings or phone calls that require confidentiality or quiet.

2. Flexibility

With the open spaces comes a rise in flexibility – as employers become more flexible with working arrangements, so the need for a more adaptable office environment increases. Offices are including different workspaces for employees who are at the office fulltime, for those who come and go, and for those remote-access employees who only occasionally need a desk.

Breakaway areas are being provided for relaxation, meetings and sometimes just a different place to do your work – who wants to spend an entire day in one strictly defined work area? The ability to work using multiple devices opens up all sorts of interesting, multi-purpose workspace possibilities.

3. Using colour and patterns to reflect the brand

Mix and match is out, simple, clean décor with pops of colour and pattern is in! Colour is introduced stylishly to echo the personality of the company’s brand, while patterned carpeting adds interest and a further way to link to corporate colours in terms of design.

With the breaking down of physical barriers comes the need for noise management and that’s where carpeting comes to the fore. It absorbs noise pollution from clicking heels, scraping chairs, loud voices and telephones. Check out Avance’s range of commercial carpeting for your next commercial space!

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Sources:

http://www.eurofitdirect.co.uk/blog/8-office-design-trends-for-2015/

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2015/04/24/office-interior-design-trends-asd-gensler-huntsman.html

Rug innovation by Patricia Urquiola

Although we love most things Patricia Urquiola designs, we are completely blown away by her creative and innovative rugs. We could even picture these being used as accents on top of our custom Avance range.

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Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) and lives and works in Milan since more than 20 years.She attended the School of Architecture of Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Politechnic where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni.

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Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has patterned a collection of rugs and seat covers for Spanish brand Gan with oversized stitching.

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Patricia Urquiola designed the Bandas collection for the rug company’s new concept Gan Spaces, in which the floor coverings are also used to upholster furniture and accessories.

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“Using a single set, you can change the use and appearance of your space as many times as you like,” said a statement from Gan.

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The long, thin wool rugs are patterned with large stitches that form grids across the surfaces. Even chunkier lines in different colours add further details to the designs.Background colours including light grey, faded pink, cream and black are used in different combinations with orange, yellow and blue patterns. (source : http://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/01/patricia-urquiola-bandas-rugs-furniture-gan/)

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The Mangas Globo MG1 is part of the Mangas Rug Series by Gandia Blasco were designed by Patricia Urquiola. ‘Mangas’ (English translation is Sleeves) is based on a patchwork of different wool knits, to create a collection of various typologies with different shapes, going from Manga corta (short sleeve) to Manga de campana (bell-shaped sleeve). The result is a series of eight very special knitted carpets, full of nuances, due to their variety of textures and colors. These irresistible modern rugs playfully combine texture, color and shape. The Mangas Rugs by Patricia Urquiola will add warmth and atmosphere to any space. The Mangas Globo MG1 has a unique pot shape to it, with cool color hues of grey.

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The amazing office designs of Zaha Hadid

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE (Arabic: زها حديد‎ Zahā Ḥadīd; born 31 October 1950) is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

Her buildings are distinctively neofuturistic, characterised by the “powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures” with “multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life”. She is currently professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria.

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Future office space

One thing that is certain is that it is no longer business as usual! With generation Z’s entering the workforce, we will be looking into how the office space of the future will change. The “new” office will be very different to what we currently see. Over the next few months we will be looking into reports by some of the world’s leading trend forecasters, futurists, designers and architects, to better understand the office of the future. We thought we would however share some interesting images of what some of these amazing spaces could actually look like.

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Take a seat

What has four legs and stands on our carpets for hours and hours every day? The good old chair of course, along with certain other items like tables, counters and sofa’s are items which will stand on our Avance carpets for many years at a time. We found some great chair images which we just had to share. Hope you enjoy these visuals as much as we did.

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Thomas Leth-Olsen

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Bjørn Giesenbauer

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Beverley Goodwin

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André Hofmeister

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Alberto Mari

Festive Lights

As Christmas is celebrated by millions around the world this week, we decided to bring you some inspiring Christmas lights from around the world. This is certain to put everybody in a festive mood!

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Rick Kimpel

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Thomas Quine

Marsala is Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

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Pantone has just released their colour of the year for 2015 which is MARSALA, changing direction of brighter colours in past years this earthy colour has endless possibilities especially here in south Africa. The flexibility of the colour across a variety of disciplines from architecture, interiors, fashion and graphic design should prove to be exceptionally interesting and we look forward to seeing all the creative applications.

We got some insights from Pantone themselves, but for more in  depth info visit http://www.pantone.com

For 15 years, Pantone has selected a “Color of the Year” by reviewing influences like fashion trends, art, travel destinations, entertainment and popular culture. The selection is the company’s prediction for what will be a popular hue for designs and products in the coming year.

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PANTONE EXPLAIN WHY MARSALA

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

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The Versatility of Marsala

Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.

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Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.

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Design trends – Industrial styling

This is a trend that has been evolving for a couple of years now and is seen in homes as well as offices, restaurants and even retail spaces. this trend is a backlash to mass production and the materials used all have a tactile aesthetic. The trend is also about using what is available instead of creating false facades and ceilings but instead leaving the exposed ducting and in many cases even the old brickwork. The thought behind leaving the existing is that it is far more eco conscious compared to replacing and re-doing. Key materials in this trend are concrete, face-brick and even stock bricks, brass, copper as well as all forms of tarnished and even rusted metal.

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Many articles within this trend are either up-cycled or made from reclaimed materials such as old timber. Lighting also replicates that of industrial lighting that one would generally see in factories or warehouses. This trend is however becoming more and more refined and we are seeing this rough  and tactile finishes combined with painted surfaces and carpets which are more suitable for office spaces and loft living.

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Stair Stare

This is one architectural element that either be a boring afterthought or a beautifully designed piece of art. We have searched high and low to bring you some beautifully photographed staircases from all over the world. Some of these are certainly not for those that are scared of heights. Remember that Avance can be used on staircases to continue with the themes of the various levels. Be adventurous, be inspired, there is no space for boring………

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Andreas Manessinger

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Blazej Mrozinski

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Inspired by Neon

One of our latest instalations we did with Avance commercial was noted as as having a resemblance  to a flash of green neon. The more we looked at it, the more this rang true. Below is some great neon inspiration, so that you too can get creative with a “splash” of colour.

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Neon Inspiration

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7th Street Theatre in Hoquiam,

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