The rise of mobile workers and portability of technology continues to push the boundaries of what defines an office. Open floor plans have replaced cubicles, and one-to-one workstations have quietly given way under the weight of real estate compression.

So what does all this mean for 2014?

Turnstone believes that walls, desks and workspace design influence more than merely aesthetics. The placement of furniture in a space and the environment created with rugs and lighting has a layered affect on culture and team interaction. These intangible things are often what make your office a place that people love to come to each day. We also believe that these trends provide powerful insight to teams ready to leverage their space in new ways.

maximize both floor and vertical space

Provide instant personality by branding your space with value statements, quotes, logos, artwork and bright colors. Putting your “vibe” on display makes it easy for anyone walking into your office to connect with what you’re about. These kind of design elements are also often more accessible and affordable than an all-out overhaul of your space. 

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design your space in zones to increase productivity

Let’s face it: not everyone can work in an environment with music pumping. There are times when phone calls, performance reviews and high-focus tasks dictate a more private setting. By creating a layout with zones for collaboration, fun, quiet and private, you’ll ensure that everyone can find a place to be productive.

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promote health by supporting wellbeing

Research shows that even small movements throughout the day can increase overall health. That’s why we predict a continued trend toward more movement in the workplace. Start by giving your team the freedom to move between zones or use standing-height desks for a break in their routine. You’ll reap the benefits!

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