work just got cool
Flexible working spaces
Interior designers, such as ourselves, who work with both commercial and residential clients are finding a real cross over occuring with influences from home design making its way into commercial work space. Domestic comforts are now given proper consideration in order to create positive, healthy working environments. Empolyers understand staff wellbeing has a direct correlation to happiness and productivity.
We've designed many communal dining areas where everyone sits down at big tables to foster inclusivity and a sense of comraderie. And for example, we've worked with independent boarding schools that have asked us to design a bar area specifically for their live-in teaching staff's common rooms to allow for informal, sociable gatherings after work.
Including plenty of plants into our schemes helps to soften the spaces, feels uplifiting and is proven to be good in fighting air pollution. We also incoproate rugs, art work, decorative accessories and pay special attention to bringing in ambient lighting into our commercial interiors (rather than just over head lights) to create a feeling of comfort and cultivate a supportive work environment. All these creature comforts fundamentally change how the workspace feels.
Branding and company values
Working with an interior designer for your office fit out means that company branding and values can be reflected in the interiors and the feel of the workplace. Brand colours can be introduced into the interior design scheme in many ways - bold and subtle - whether its in paint colour choicies for walls or perhaps more gently through soft furnishings fabrics. We often commision bespoke pieces for our commercial clients such as this mural wallpaper that was especially illustrated by a fine artist for our client to reflect the local landmarks in their area, giving this lobby entrance a real sense of place and identity.
A home touch
The line between commercial and residential is disappearing and workplaces that have a home-like feel are being favoured by employers as they realise these spaces help to reduce stress in their staff, and promote creativity and productivity. Accesories more commonly found in a home are making their way into the office to create a nuturing environment.