Office Interior Design
Redefining a space, whether expanding, moving, or consolidating, no matter how much fun it is, can be a time consuming and an intensive process. From space functionality analysis and floor planning, to furniture procurement and installation, we divide our services carefully to offer our clients efficient services that cover all aspects from architecture & interior design to furniture installation and art selection. We understand how important every detail of office transition is, and what brings efficiency to each individual space.
Why Is Your Office Interior Design Important?
Besides employee preference, your office interior design is important for another reason: It directly impacts employee productivity, which directly affects your organization’s bottom line. Ideally you want a workplace that allows people to focus and concentrate whenever needed, and to collaborate and communicate whenever needed. You also want a workplace that is physically and mentally comfortable so that people can perform and function at their best. This is what today’s modern office design trends are striving to achieve.
Office Decor Options
There are different concepts and styles when it comes to office design. From corporate offices to a small executive suite, design will be completely different. A corporate design style will have to be perfect, linear and with no room for mistake when combining colors, textures, the functionality of ergonomics and at the same time keep a desirable and stimulating work environment, while a private executive office is more flexible towards hospitality warmth even when following a masculine line (in case it is designed for a man), addition to comfort.
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Office Design Trends
These are some of the emerging trends in office design:
- Activity-based Working
- Open areas offices
- Privacy areas
- Quiet focus areas
- Meeting areas
- Lounge areas
- Cafe areas
It is a new trend that solves many of the problems of the older and more traditional type of office setup called the Open Office Plan. The Open Office Plan has been around for many decades. With the Open Office Plan, people work very closely together in open spaces with almost no barrier between them. The Open Office Plan was actually the answer to many of the problems of the even older and more traditional cubicles and private offices.
The biggest weakness of the older Open Office Plan is the inevitable distractions and noise from co-workers which can block activities requiring focused concentration. Some people flourish when left alone to concentrate on their task while others flourish in a more social environment. The Activity-Based Working model combines the best of both worlds. It allows individuals to choose the type of work setting that is most suitable to them at any given moment in time.
The Flexible work space
A hot new design concept that is getting a lot of traction is what is called the flexible workspace. Flexible workspaces feature desks, tables, and chairs that can be moved and easily resized. This is in contrast to the more traditional office plan where the locations of desks, chairs, tables, and other resources are fixed and hard or impossible to change.
In a flexible workspace plan, a meeting table can be easily and quickly resized by attaching or detaching modular components of the table. These modular components can be easily moved around because they are on wheels. Desks and workstations can also be moved around easily. This allows a dynamic collaboration between workers. Some flexible workspaces also feature unassigned seating arrangements. This means that each employee is not assigned to a specific desk or workstation and can choose any desk or workstation on a given workday. This concept is made possible by today’s modern trend toward a paperless workplace where nearly all information is digitized by computer. As such, the modern workplace is looking more and more like a simple desk and chair with only a computer, monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Many companies and organizations are also moving toward storing data on networks and remote file systems instead of local computers. These factors allow for unassigned seating arrangements in the workplace to become more practical and easy to implement.
Bringing nature into the workspace
One of the most powerful trends that is reshaping America’s workplace is reconnecting people with nature. This is called biophilic design.
Biophilic design is based on the premise that humans have an innate need to connect with nature, and that when this connection is made, it results in better health, concentration, creativity, and work performance. The theory behind biophilic design is that it brings significant improvement in both physical and psychological health. Indeed, biophilic design reduces stress and enhances mood. Wouldn’t you agree?
Sunlight and daylight should be brought into the building through large glass windows, glass walls, glass doors, and glass ceilings. High glass ceilings should be used for common areas such as building lobbies. Since natural light is considered healthier than artificial light, every possibility of exploiting it should be used.
This includes fountains, streams, and mini-waterfalls. Although these examples might be over-the-top for many small offices, they are more appropriate for building lobbies, common areas, and large offices. Though with today’s technology, there are many options on a smaller scale as well.
Incredible as it may sound, plants actually purify the air of toxic compounds that are otherwise harmful to human health. Plants also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which improves human health and concentration. Also, it is the most simple and cost efficient element for a small office design, as well as it can be a glamorous, breath-taking element in a corporate lobby.
Views Of Nature
Magnificent views of the natural landscape outside the building can be achieved by installing bigger and wider windows. Paintings and pictures of nature can also be displayed throughout the office or building. Indoor gardens with plants, trees, rocks, flowing water, and wooden bridges can be installed in building lobbies and common areas to provide views of nature.
Floors, ceilings, staircases, hand rails, and other surfaces can be made from natural materials like wood or stone.
A big trend in office design that is sweeping the world is the concept of a workplace that resembles a home away from home. From bright and comfortable sofas to recreational swings to ping-pong tables to lounge areas, this idea is to make the workplace as relaxing and stress-free as possible. The idea is also to provide areas where employees can take short breaks to give their bodies and minds a rest so that they can recharge and remain productive throughout the day.
Home-like sofas, armchairs, pod seats, and coffee tables.
These days, sitting is the new smoking. Sitting at your desk for long periods of time can have negative effects on your health. To address this issue, today’s modern office workplaces are doing everything possible to create the healthiest work environment:
- Ergonomic Chairs.
- Height Adjustable Desks.
- Sit/Stand Desk Risers - also called “standing desks”
- Exercise Ball Chairs.
Break areas with recreational games
Cafés with free coffee, snacks, and food:
- Fully stocked bars.
- Outdoor terraces and balconies.
- Exercise gym and showers
- Bicycle storage
In a relaxed setting, people feel more free to express their thoughts casually, which can stimulate brainstorming and creativity.
Industrial office design
One of the modern trends and most popular in Chicago, specifically in the West Loop area and cannot be ignored is the industrial office design.
This trend became popular starting in the late 2000s and remains popular today. The industrial office design is a pure aesthetic style that is intentionally unsophisticated: It is rustic, simple, and unrefined. Here are some of the most common elements of industrial office design:
- Exposed ceiling air ducts
- Exposed ceiling pipes
- Exposed ceiling beams
- High ceilings
- Exposed brick walls along the outside of the office space
- Lack of interior walls resulting in more open space
- Very large windows
- Natural wood instead of treated wood
- Concrete floors instead of wood or carpeted floors
- Overhanging light fixtures with exposed light bulbs
As you might expect, factories, warehouses, and industrial buildings are more suitable to be converted to an industrial office design than conventional office buildings, but, nothing is impossible. The message is that the company or organization occupying the office space is unconventional, creative and rebellious.
Glass walls and doors are also a key factor in the well being of an office space, promoting more transparency in the workplace. When people can see what others are doing they become better team players. Glass walls and doors reduce the feeling of being isolated from the rest of the team. At the same time, glass walls and doors are relatively sound-proof, so they still allow people to concentrate and focus on their work. In addition, people are generally on their best behavior when they know that they can be observed. This promotes honesty and integrity in the workplace.