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Avoiding the Fads of Workplace Design

Posted on Mon, 2016-05-30 10:18 by Company News

“Design everything on the assumption that people are not heartless or stupid but marvellously capable, given the chance.” – John Chris Jones

The All About People conference in Bournemouth on the 8th and 9th June stands out as a conference and event because of its focus. The realisation that our economy has evolved, the new industrial revolution has put ideas, collaboration and creativity as the foundation of a successful business. Innovation is no longer the single-minded pursuit of one man or woman’s dream, it is the collective will to try, fail, evolve and ultimately succeed.

We are often asked by clients what we see as the big design trends at the moment. Martin Dempsey, Space Solutions’ Sales Director, answer to this is both honest and inconclusive. “There are scores of articles and blogs citing design trends for the year ahead at any given time and all too often, they mean “design features”. We could talk about the use of biophilic design, a focus on acoustics, the importance of collaborative space, and encouraging movement around the space.

My belief though, is that the big design trend for the years ahead is the client. It’s their workplace. It’s their business. It’s their culture, values and aspirations. Workplaces shouldn’t be defined by the current features and fads that others have used, whether successfully or otherwise. It should be a place that brings your people together, makes them feel valued and enables them to be successful.”

Martin Dempsey is attending All About People on the 8th and 9th of June. If you would like to discuss any of the above ideas then please send him and email to grab a coffee.