Architects and designers have moved away from using drop ceilings in offices because they don’t allow for design freedom, and they make a space feel smaller. Instead, architects and designers are opting for open ceilings that permit design creativity, flexibility, and the perception of a larger space. These open ceilings, coupled with the need for flexible office space configurations, present an opportunity for innovative and dynamic lighting systems.

Office Design Trends

The growing trend in office designs is to accommodate ever-changing and future-proofing configurations, whether a person is working alone at a desk, in a small pod in a lounge area, with a group in a conference room, or is rejuvenating at the coffee bar or taking a break in the exercise room. Present and future offices must be transformative and flexible to address these different work environments and work styles. This is supported by a study conducted by Knoll, which provides compelling evidence that workforce performance and well-being considerations are largely driving the form and use of the future workplace. The study also emphasizes the need to support business continuity strategies through flexibility. Based on responses to the survey, Knoll concluded that the next two years will see an acceleration of an existing trend away from individual workspaces and a reallocation to meeting spaces, social spaces and outdoor spaces…Further supporting flexibility, the average percentage of unassigned workspaces will more than double…1

Adaptable and Innovative Lighting

Since lighting is essential in every built environment, lighting designs must be adaptable to office reconfigurations and future changes in site layout. Dynamic lighting not only supports resilience, flexibility, and wellbeing, it also provides a future-proof solution to deal with changes. Flexible designs – and lighting – necessitate the increased mobility of people and facilities.

Forward-thinking luminaire manufacturers are rising to this challenge by designing and engineering solutions that can respond to whatever the future brings while being human centric enough to provide comfortable, productive, and engaging environments. If tasks, furniture and people can be moved around in a space, why not the lighting?

That was the question Axis Lighting engineers asked when developing StencilFlex. This new flexible lighting systems allows designers to integrate different, ever-changing lighting requirements in an open space, while remaining creative and relevant. It provides an innovative framework and flexible lighting inserts to meet challenges and address evolving needs. StencilFlex is based on a minimalist modular approach. Lighting power density is kept to a minimum without the need for external devices. This feature, combined with the system’s unmatched adaptability, scalability and simplicity, makes for a highly efficient solution. Using a building block approach, StencilFlex components can be added, extended or adjusted at any time.

Just as the flexible office design presents lighting designers and architects with limitless opportunities, so too must a lighting system.

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