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How catwalk colours and trends translate into workspace design

The recent Melbourne Fashion Festival is more than just a highlight on Australia’s social calendar. It sets the scene for trends far beyond fashion, influencing design decisions across many industries.

We went along to some of the runway shows, and identified a number of patterns emerging that easily translate into workspace design. Here’s what could soon be heading straight from the catwalk and into your workspace.

Stylish up-cycling

Recycled materials made an impact at Renew Runway, where young designers took many an impulsive and regretted online shopping purchase and gave these pieces a new spin on life.

Pre-loved and recycled pieces can work well in almost any office, from the smallest pen-holder to suddenly on-trend again velvet chairs, removed from the garage and now taking pride of place in many a reception area.

Ethical products

The design industry has long been championing sustainable, eco-friendly design. The Fashion & Ethics panel discussion shone a spotlight on the need to look ever more carefully at the work practices of clothing manufacturers in a bid to stamp out slavery and atrocious working conditions. In workplaces, knowing where all fit out products and materials come from is becoming increasingly important to employees.

Designing for different backgrounds

Hanan Ibrahim broke ground as the first model to wear a hijab on a Melbourne Fashion Festival runway. But designing for Australia’s multicultural society is becoming more important when creating workspaces that meet the needs of employees, customers and clients from an array of different backgrounds. Prayer/reflection rooms are being integrated into some designs and art is being more carefully selected to not offend people on cultural grounds.

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