In the midst of our constantly-changing culture and ever-more-digital world, the meeting and events industry is the next realm to be updated. Dull, dusty meeting rooms are being replaced and refreshed by smart trends that are making meetings more productive and more enjoyable. The emergence of unique and
interesting meeting rooms and workshop spaces is changing the market and offering many more options to meeting and event planners around the world. Four major trends in meeting room styles are featured below and all four (and hundreds more) meeting rooms can be found on Spacebase along with many other
budding meeting industry trends.
Environmental friendliness has crept slowly into our culture over the last decade, touching every industry including meeting planning. Making meetings more sustainable, or ‘green,’ is all the rage and venue owners and companies alike are designing their spaces with sustainability in mind. A great example of this
skyrocketing trend is Coje, a coworking space located in Berlin. This bright meeting space for rent is flooded with natural light that highlights the rustic elements of the room. The peaceful and open space has beautiful rustic tables and lots of wooden accents covering the floor, the walls and everything in-between These
spectacular wooden decorations do more than just create a natural atmosphere: they also help the environment. Some of the wood featured in this green meeting room in Berlin is over 100 years old and has been recycled and repurposed to create this amazing environment. The various plants scattered across the
room also add to the green ambiance that so many meeting and event planners are searching for today.
Although it’s a common misconception that all trends must be new, this particular trend is old…historic, actually. Renovated historic venues are seeing a huge comeback as meeting and event venues. As the economy changes, plenty of evidence has been given to show that people are paying for experiences more
than they’re buying material goods, like vacations, music festivals, cooking classes and anything else they can tell their friends about. Using a historic meeting space is definitely an experience; for example, the Peterson House in New York City has an illustrious history that meeting-goers aren’t likely to forget. Built
between 1854-1855, this exceptional building was originally home to an iron merchant and later went on to house a few famous artists. The design of the space is nothing short of amazing either, with a gorgeous black marble fireplace with gold trimming and an attention-commanding chandelier in the room’s center. In
the case of historic meeting rooms, the old adage runs true: everything old is new again.
The interior design world has been embracing industrialism for the last few years, taking old spaces and leaving them raw while adding modern accents to give the space an update. Meeting rooms are no exception to these interior design trends and some have taken on their own industrial vibe. Kulturwerkstatt in
Hamburg perfectly illustrates the major craze that many meeting and event venues have adopted. The beautiful and bright loft has painted brick walls and unfinished floors, yet lacks no elegance or class. Some studies say that working in an unfinished space can act as a blank canvas, triggering creative ideas and
solutions. Exquisite Persian rugs are placed across the floors and modern photography gives the space an artistic and contemporary atmosphere. This industrial yet upscale workshop space has exactly the perfect balance of creative influence and unfinished attributes to inspire imaginative meetings.
It’s no secret that the workplace is leaving behind old customs and adapting more flexible policies, such as non-traditional working hours and interactive work environments. Open, flexible layouts are also being implemented in many corporate offices in an attempt to encourage natural collaboration. This technique also
works wonderfully for meeting spaces, as changeable seating arrangements can facilitate easy and creative brainstorming. Having a variety of working stations or desks to work from also increases comfortability and productivity; for example, when work begins to feel stagnant and concentration slips out the window,
changing your seat and surroundings is like restarting your brain’s computer. The Farm SoHo Coworking has endless options for restructuring in their meeting room; their open loft space has the ability for theater, parliament, block and u-shaped seating arrangements as well as desk space for standing or sitting workers.
It’s certainly worth noting that this space (located in an historic building in NYC) is also pleasantly designed with reclaimed wood, exposed brick and friendly ferns – combining all of the trends highlighted on this list. Incorporating any one of these new meeting room trends is bound to make your meeting both memorable and effective; one can only imagine how much could be achieved by integrating all these meeting trends in one room!
By Tess Anaya, Spacebase