There is an almost infinite space between promises and facts, between forecasts and the state of the art, and that is the space of design.
It's been two and a half years since the first pandemic wave, and we still keep wondering what and how much has changed in our lives.
Above all, we do it every time we have to deal with the (which has become) more difficult equation of making ends meet in the office with the - growing - time we do at home.
If the starting theorem dictates that we speak of a revolution, that of smart working, the data reveal, on the other hand, that the upheaval is not yet complete, that too many realities have turned around, bringing us back to office even when the conditions would have allowed more agile remote work. And then nothing like design becomes the thermometer of change, the measure of the share of novelty injected into our lives in these two and a half years.
Office trends 2023
Quick meeting stations
The first trend to emerge, in the post-pandemic office, is undoubtedly the attempt to make the time spent at the desk more efficient.
Smart working, in fact, has generated the illusion, at least in the employee, of greater efficiency of remote work.
So, when we return to our workstation, we want the time spent in the office to be more proactive and productive, possibly devoid of river meetings, of useless interruptions, of attempts - increasingly complicated - to physically reunite the same table people present in different places.
Hence, the growth of systems - from sofas to desks - that can be reconfigured for the so-called speedy meetings, that is short meetings, on average informal, also born in speed, which see their specific weight grow in companies and in professional offices.
More weight for ergonomics
Seeing yourself in front of a coffee or tea to "take stock quickly" and leave is not the only strong trend that has arisen in recent times.
Returning to the office is in fact linked to a legitimate, renewed claim of ergonomics on the part of the employee, especially in those people who have invested, during the Covid emergency for new and more comfortable home furnishings and now ask to find better standards also in the office.
That's why chairs and armchairs are growing more and more and better and better adjustable in height.
Here, a new standard of excellence is Polar by Pedrali, signed by Jorge Pensi Design Studio .
In this, which can be a chair or an armchair, it is possible to adjust the depth of the seat thanks to a mechanism that allows its movement, moreover a synchronized self-weighting mechanism is capable of independently adjusting the intensity of the oscillation according to the weight of the person. Extreme customization of the sessions and provision of apps that signal when the same workstation has been hired for too long are not, in reality, the future, but already part of the present.
Everyone and nobody
The office is now increasingly a shared space, furnished with elements to be used in rotation.
You go to work on Tuesday and you find yourself, by contract, on a different desk from the one you occupied on Monday.
From here, new privacy needs dictate the line in two different directions.
On the one hand, the island systems of sofas and sofas including supports, wiring and Us sockets b where you can withdraw without isolating yourself from the group to finish that demanding report that requires special concentration, impossible to achieve in the old open space.
On the other hand, the security systems, connected to apps that can be easily activated from the smartphone, such as the one just presented by Usm, to open and close cabinets and drawers intended to change hands several times in the same month, week or day.
More color, (almost) like at home
If at some point, two and a half years ago, the office entered the house, the opposite is also true: the house entered the office, updating, for example, the palettes and bringing on less neutral colored walls, in line with a renewed desire for color even in more institutional spaces.
At one extreme of this trend there is even the recourse of various companies to urban artists who have set about decorating coworking and headquarters like never before. The more courageous use of color remains a fact, as for example in new Mara collections, where the leitmotiv of all the furniture produced is red, chosen in a series of variations that praise creativity.