Design Trends 2023: Constant Flux


This article summarizes the trend series and discusses how to adjust to constant changes. The article is part of our blog series that covers the top 5 trends for this year.

In previous articles, we have discussed sustainable development and well-being at work, as well as changes in premises and work culture from different perspectives. All these trends are changing the world and the way we work. Constant change requires adaptation in work communities, at the individual level, and in the development of future buildings.

Emphasis on continuous learning and self-management

In the turmoil of the Covid pandemic, the war of aggression launched by Russia, and the energy and economic crisis, workplaces are now undergoing a massive transformation. These changes are having a multi-level impact on the work community, and at the individual level, the emphasis is now on learning new skills and self-management. In the wake of the pandemic, many organizations experienced unprecedented digital disruption, and remote working became a widespread part of the work culture. 

Amid significant changes, companies need to rethink what kind of employers they want to be. The key is to create a safe and supportive learning environment, apply these lessons in times of crisis, and make changes where necessary. For front-line staff, this also means a new responsibility for staff well-being and quality management. The community needs to understand common goals and expectations.

Towards an experiential working environment

IFMA’s Workplace Post-COVID-19 survey recently outlined the reasons for attending the office:

  • One-to-one meetings
  • Professional development
  • Mentoring or coaching
  • Social and informal interaction with colleagues

In the future, more flexibility, higher quality, and shorter leases will be expected from real estate. The size of the premises is expected to decrease, while the number of square meters per employee will increase. Companies are also looking to co-working spaces for services and solutions. 

From a real estate development perspective, the key is to create a diverse range of support and services and to improve the customer experience. Considering the environmental impact of buildings will also be a significant factor in future construction projects. The consumption of natural resources, the effect on human health and biodiversity, waste, and emissions must be considered at the design and construction stage.

Data economy and emerging technologies

The smart office and virtual working environment will continue to evolve over the next decade. More and more products will have a digital twin – a digital copy of a real-world product, process, or physical entity. This virtual model can be used for product development and maintenance. Danish kitchen manufacturer Stykka, for example, already uses this technology.

The use of Mixed Reality (MR), combining virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), is growing. For example, many companies are already using this technology to train and onboard employees. Another significant technological development is using AI in integrated workplace and building management systems.

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