Research shows that office design that encourages face-to-face interactions has a bearing on productivity and innovation. Open layout plans increase the interaction quotient, but employees also benefit when office design incorporates diversity in the space to suit different work styles and tasks.
When Muse Management decided to move their talent agency into new digs in New York City, they knew they needed a look that would reflect their place in the fashion world. They came to Workframe for their new office interior design, knowing that they would get a space that functions well and looks as high-fashion as the models coming in on a daily basis. Muse's new 5,400-square-foot office is in progress and is due to open its doors at the end of March.
This week's Workframe Spotlight is on Betsy Helmuth. Betsy owns and operates Affordable Interior Design. She has appeared on the TODAY Show, HGTV, DIY Network, CBS, and NBC. Betsy studied visual art and theater at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After graduation, she moved to New York City and was commissioned to paint custom pieces and murals. Betsy realized that the spaces for which she created paintings needed more than great art, they needed a focused design concept. She sought formal interior design training, and her portfolio won her an internship at Thom Filicia. She left TFI to open Affordable Interior Design, a firm that gives clients of all budget levels a beautiful space reflective of who they are. Learn more about Betsy and her vision for great office design!
As much as we are practitioners of design, we are also students of creativity. To celebrate those invaluable resources that bolster our sparks of innovation and help us to think of design in a new way, we are launching our new series, "Resource Spotlight." Here we will highlight those standout materials on workspace and environment design.
One of the biggest new trends in offices has more to do with who's invited in than the actual decor. Bringing your pet to work, or keeping an office mascot around for morale, might soon be just as commonplace as common areas in office design.
If you're planning an office renovation any time soon - or just looking for ways to upgrade your existing space for a productivity boost - don't underestimate the power of small changes in your decor. Specifically, adding a touch of green into your office space in the form of house plants can create an environment that boosts morale, improves output and creates an atmosphere that supports both physical and psychological wellness.
Workframe Spotlight features our inspiring designers who bring life to our client's office spaces. Today we're featuring Laura Fink who happens to be working on our latest client's project (stay tuned for more). Find out where Laura gets her design inspiration from, how she approaches new projects and why she thinks your office needs a dog today (okay, she didn't quite say that, but we happen to agree with her furry friend enthusiasm).
The best offices are places that encourage both productivity and creativity. You want to have adequate room for all the work to be accomplished, but you cannot base your success on a roomy desk alone. In fact, research has shown that a surprising array of factors influence productivity. Scientists are discovering that happy employees get more done, and that creative interior design for the office can enhance how workers feel about the job they are doing.
No matter how much office culture has evolved, there's no virtual substitute for getting together over drinks. Hosting occasional happy hours marks your company's commitment to work-life balance and helps team members bond. With some thoughtful planning, you can make happy hour one of the factors that keep your employees engaged and loving where they work.
Offices don't always provide the most calming environments for employees, which is unfortunate because elevated stress levels can cause a decrease in productivity. But depending on how your office is set up, you can alleviate theses stresses and actually provide a refreshing and inspiring environment that your employees will appreciate and love. It just takes a little attention to the details of your office design. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your office interior design.