The future of workplace design is bright…and comfortable
The future of workplaceDesign is bright...and comfortable
Over the past few years, there’s been something of a cross-over – a merging, if you will. Design elements of the home have been creeping into commercial spaces. A vintage typewriter here, a Chesterfield there. It was so subtle, it could almost have gone unnoticed until, boom! An official term was coined. ‘Resimercial’. The literal marrying of residential and commercial spaces.
Although, we can’t say we’re big fans of the term itself, we are advocates of introducing furniture shapes, once solely reserved for the home, into workspaces and beyond. With a 30-year background in designing furniture for residential spaces, and an unwavering dedication to comfort, we truly believe that plump cushions should not only be enjoyed outside the hours of 9am – 5pm. And we’re not the only ones that feel this way.
ONE STEP BEYOND
While the introduction of comfort to the office is recognised by many as being a benefit, some employers are taking the concept one step further by introducing the likes of sleep pods to their offices (yes, really).
Fora in London’s Borough has added an Orrb to its basement. A cross between an egg and a spaceship, the ‘immersive’ space allows users to get some shut eye, meditative time or, simply, privacy.
Brighton-based PR agency Man Bites Dog opted for beach huts in its office, though told the BBC that rather than a gimmick, they actually saw productivity gains: “If we look at hard performance measures such as staff retention, engagement, productivity, quality of work and team satisfaction with their workplace, then it’s a clear winner.”
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