The pandemic catapulted a desire to bring natural aesthetics and elements to the areas in which we do work. Nature makes us feel good and benefits our health. The longing to surround ourselves with nature includes the furniture and décor we incorporate into our spaces. Natural materials are the anchor of the latest designs and design collections.
Easily incorporated, light woods and natural fibers such as wool rugs and upholstery fit almost any style and sensibility—reminders of the wider world outside our walls. A staple in Scandinavian style, light-toned wood is deeply rooted in nature and simplicity. In this way, designing with natural fibers can make any space feel airy, casual, and soothing. Plus, incorporating design and architecture that bring the outdoors in is the essence of biophilic design—light woods and other natural elements offer the perfect balance to greenery and natural light.
Materials are vital to space design and function. The latest material design trends emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—the desire for cleanable, comfortable, and natural materials in our living and working spaces. The last year required many changes to where and how we work. We have all had to learn to work in new ways while staying connected and engaged with our teams, coworkers, and organization.
Today, many people are making their way back to the office—the hub of work and activity—and are looking for the workplace to ensure safety and comfort. A successful return to work(place) must center around employee well-being, organizational culture, and the functionality and design of the workspace itself.
Here are 5 inspiring ideas to enhance any workspace and create a cohesive design using high-performance materials that provide simplicity, sustainability, and comfort.