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#MYoffice? Modern and creative office based on biophilic design
16.08.2017

Biophilic design is a trend in interior design that emphasises contact with nature. It can be provided, for example, by potted plants, sunlight, but also a view of greenery from the window. Research shows that employees who have access to these elements in the office are in a 15% better mood, about 15% more creative and their productivity is about 6% higher as compared to those working in offices without these elements. [1]

Biophilic design is often used by creativity-oriented companies, a flagship example of which is Google's office.

Other elements usually present in such offices include vibrant colours, soft fabric finishes, photographic wallpapers, plenty of furniture to relax (such as hammocks, pouffes and sofas) and relaxation facilities (foosball tables, PlayStation). Often the first thing that comes to your mind upon entering this kind of office is a playground for children, especially if you can slide down a slide from the first floor to the ground floor. This is not a coincidence, but a deliberate effort: it is common knowledge that children are extremely creative. In an office like this, it is easy to wake up the inner child in yourself and unleash your creativity.

When asked: "when do you usually come up with unconventional ideas and solutions to difficult problems?" most people will reply: "before going to bed," "in the shower," "after waking up."

What all of these situations have in common is a state of relaxation. When you are confined to the framework of a typical dull office and spend eight hours a day at a desk, it is hard to be creative. On the other hand, if you can relax in a colourful hammock, or watch a paradise beach on the wall of your office, solutions to difficult problems can come to your mind easily.

If you agree with the statements concerning your company presented below, this style can fit into your office:
- It appreciates unconventional and innovative solutions to problems.

- Work is team- and project-oriented.
- Superiors give you a lot of freedom and value self-reliance.
- What matters more is the final result, rather than working in line with procedures and schemes.|
- Ecology is an important value.

Anna Marszałek, Senior Workplace Research & Spaceplanning Consultant

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[1] Human Spaces: The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace

#MYoffice? Modern, high-tech and futuristic style
09.08.2017

My first association with office spaces referred to as "futuristic" is that of the Jetsons' ‒ minimalist, often monochromatic spaces in which technology plays the leading role.

It does not necessarily have to be electronic appliances, but e.g. materials which in no way refer to tradition. There is no wood or bricks, but there is glass, metal and all kinds of plastics. Surfaces are smooth, usually with no textures. Unconventional lighting, such as LED strips embedded in the floor, is often an element that emphasises modernity.

This kind of interior resembles a machine ‒ a programmed, precision mechanism with no room for chaos. Every detail is thought out, so home accessories or an artistic mess do not fit in here.

An office furnished in this style will reflect the modern character of the company that keeps up, or actually runs ahead of global trends. Employees "suited" for this kind of interior would be specialists who put professionalism and precision in the first place.

If you agree with the statements concerning your company presented below, this style can fit into your office:
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It values innovative technologies and solutions.
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It builds its external image as a progressive and innovative company.

Anna Marszałek, Senior Workplace Research & Spaceplanning Consultant

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#MYoffice? Office in industrial style
02.08.2017

It is not hard to guess that the first industrial interiors were warehouses and shop floors converted into apartments. The great number of empty factory buildings became of interest to artists. Their large spaces seemed just perfect for studios. Later, this trend was picked up by property developers who converted factories into luxury lofts.

The industrial style is characterised by large open spaces with just a few pieces of simple furniture. Predominant materials are brick, concrete, steel and wood. The structure and installations are exposed, emphasising the severe character of the style.

Since the industrial style is commonly associated with artistic circles, the creative industries, from architectural studios to magazine publishing houses will definitely feel comfortable in such spaces.

If you agree with the statements concerning your company presented below, this style can fit into your office:
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Niche industries, creative companies, start-ups.
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Employees who can be defined as individualists or freelancers.

Anna Marszałek, Senior Workplace Research & Spaceplanning Consultant

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#MYoffice? Minimalist office in Scandinavian style
26.07.2017

Minimalism is a very popular term today, meaning not only a style of interior design but also an actual lifestyle.

The motto that captures the spirit of minimalism pretty well is "less is more," expressed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Less is more, so it is best to get rid of everything you do not need. Regarding spaces, this means getting rid of all kinds of decorations and ornaments, while retaining everything that is functional and indispensable.

Minimalism relies on bright colours which, combined with a small number of furniture pieces, make an interior look larger. By contrast, the simplicity of the interior is emphasised by some colourful elements.

The Scandinavian style stems from minimalism, but it is also warmed up by natural materials, geometric patterns and pastel colours. A simple and orderly interior will not distract the employee or draw them away from work. With its economical form it is still cosy, thanks to the natural materials and a generous amount of sunlight.

If you agree with the statements concerning your company presented below, this style can fit into your office:

- People often perform work that requires concentration and all unnecessary accessories distract them.
- The value is transparency (clarity) of both actions and space.

Anna Marszałek, Senior Workplace Research & Spaceplanning Consultant

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