Open plan office layouts are here to stay. With corporations increasingly prioritising communication amongst colleagues, the fewer physical divisions the better. However, despite this, there will always be a need for privacy, discretion and quiet. The downsides of open plan working are that noise levels can quickly escalate and discreet conversations become a challenge. So for a productive open plan office scheme to work well, some level of partitioning must be included. [Read more…] about Eight Ways to Break Up Your Open Plan Office Space
It flows in and out of trend, but there’s something about shiny surfaces that just keeps us humans coming back for more! This is true of both commercial and domestic room designs. But what is it about gloss and shine that keeps pulling in the attention of home and office designers? [Read more…] about To Beam or Not to Beam: Gloss, shine and reflectivity in office design
In a week when we’ve seen the news getting preoccupied with pink paint, we’ve been thinking about how it works as an office colour. Championship football club Norwich City have, it transpires, taken the opportunity over the Summer break to schedule a redecoration of their away dressing room. And they’ve done so with the colour pink. As colour theory goes, the idea is that pink decor contributes to a lowering of the opponents’ testosterone levels and gives the home side a marginal gain. [Read more…] about The Power of Pink: Sporting theory in office colour
A quality office design redecoration requires stripping back and correctly preparing surfaces, spaces and woodwork. In this process, a decorator can experience something like being in a time machine. Layers and infrastructure of times gone-by still hover within the walls of more established office buildings.
So, for anyone who spends a considerable part of their day changing the faces of offices, it’s fascinating to revisit history. Indeed, looking to the past is a great source of learning and inspiration for future designs. [Read more…] about Peeling Paint: Inspiration from office design through the ages
As this Summer’s heatwave goes from strength to strength, many office workers will be wondering how much more they can take! Contemporary office blocks are generally built with air regulation systems integrated across the building. However for those working in the huge number of buildings that don’t, how have you been able to keep cool in the office? [Read more…] about Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot (or how to keep cool in the office)