Category Archives: Office Design

Office Design; Being On The Right Side Of Cool

Following trends from the likes of Google and Facebook, many companies are attempting to create a ‘cool’ office environment. Some have crossed the line from ‘fun’ to borderline ridiculous. “Company leaders should ask themselves what they are trying to achieve with what they offer, and how they’re going to manage these spaces, as well as…
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Flexible working and it’s impact on Office Design.

Flexible working is generally accepted as something most of us are really happy about. Mobile tech-nology means that many of us can work from anywhere for at least part of the week without it negatively affecting our productivity. Dare we ask…does this mean that desk ownership could be a thing of the past? We all…
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Sit Stand Desks; First Hand Experience

A year ago, Carol wrote a blog about the benefits of standing at work – now I can give you my first-hand experience of them. Three weeks ago we had new electric sit stand desks delivered. To my surprise, I’m really using it, as is everyone else in the office. My first discovery was that…
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Benefits of Art in the Workplace

“Research shows that involvement with the arts increases motivation, builds teamwork and inspires people – Factors that business leaders identify as key profit drivers… [The arts can] improve reputation, develop influence; raise profile, build brand recognition; encourage loyalty, increase sales; and showcase commitment to corporate social responsibility.” Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, Arts and Business. Showcasing…
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Designing For Office Privacy

Office design has over the last 20 years strived to ensure 2 key goals, to maximise cost effectiveness and to increase & foster collaboration. Relative real estate costs have reduced dramatically since open plan became the standard model for office design and less cellularisation has indirectly fostered more collaboration.  Encouraging direct and regular connectivity between…
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Carpet Planks – A Change From The ‘Standard’

New office carpet tile shapes... The 1990s saw a revolution in carpet design with the arrival of the decorative carpet tile; The tiles was create ostensibly to allow access under raised access floors. There has been little innovation in design since then except for the ever increasing range of surface patterns and designs available. Until…
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Is The Workplace Obsolete In A Virtual World?

Workplace design seems to be at a turning point. Why have we historically gone to  work at an office? 'Going into the office' has primarily been to use the equipment or materials we needed to do our work or to meet colleagues. How relevant is this today when an office worker can access most of…
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Bad Office Design Costing UK Business £15bn per Year

UK businesses are suffering massive losses in company performance due to ‘disengaged’ employees who complain of working conditions that result in constant distraction and disruption and a lack of privacy, according to a new report published by office furniture maker Steelcase. Research by the Centre for Mental Health claims that presenteeism (at work physically but…
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Flexible Office Furniture For Client Facing Meeting Rooms

Flexible meeting spaces are not a new requirement in the office; most offices have been using folding walls, flexible tables and stacking chairs for some years now. I am regularly asked to ensure that all meeting rooms work hard for their floor space and this is much easier to design for when the rooms do…
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