3 buzzwords that will shape office design in 2017

Hygge office design: when your office looks like home. Photo: vis shutterstock.com


Authenticity-centred design in basic terms is “to use design elements to communicate a business’s core values”. For example, Google embraces the ideals of creativity, collaboration, and fun. Therefore, by using “authenticity-centred” design elements such as a slide they promote these values in their workplace environment. Just remember you can’t fake it. Even if “professional” is your only core value, stick with that. In other words, don’t hang a hammock in the kitchen just for the sake of it.


A employee-centred workplace is one in which all individuals, programs, processes, and systems are focused on helping employees become fully successful. Therefore, in very simple terms employee-centric design would accommodate this objective. Through thoughtful planning (consider function, flow and tech) it is expected that heightened employee engagement, client retention, and innovation will be achieved.


Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. There’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably such as charm, contentedness, and comfort. Using a hygge concept in the workplace? Start with…more lamps, soft seating and plenty of art on the walls but really, the design possibilities are endless.

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