The ABC of Design | Pt 4

As August draws to a close so we visit our final section of the ABC of commercial interiors. Needless to say, we were a little worried about addressing the X, Y and Z but we've managed it! Yes, 20six different aspects of commercial interior design all the way from A through to Z.

Week Four - S to Z

S: S is for Sustainability: We've mentioned how important green office design is, and there are more companies taking sustainability into account either with new planning and design or with revamping current office set-ups. It makes sense for environmental reasons, for employee's health and wellbeing, and for long-term financial benefits. (Find out more about making your work space more sustainable )

T: T is for Trends: From treadmill desks to standing desks, from open plan offices to contemplative pods, from slides, running tracks, Yoga rooms and more, there is always something claiming to be the latest trend in office design. Quiet apart from the physical trends, we are pleased to see that more employers are recognising the need to base their commercial interiors around the needs of their staff.

U: U is for Unique: There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to commercial interiors. Your business is unique, your branding, your corporate colours, your culture, and therefore all of your work place designs need to be as unique as you. Having your office fit-out match your company branding gives clients a coherent, understandable message about who you are and what you do.

V: V is for Vision: It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your office interiors – same old desks, same old chairs, same old people. Sometimes you need someone who can step outside of your world and provide you with the necessary vision to create a truly inspirational working space.

W: W is for Windows: Being diurnal creatures, we all need daylight. Several studies have concluded that especially in northern countries in winter, a lot of people don’t get enough Vitamin D, the best source of which comes from sunlight. Natural light is also linked to enhanced productivity for your staff. Whilst natural light is beneficial, windows can have the downside of allowing too much sunlight into an office so design needs to include the option of screening bright lights.

X: X is for Xerox, and Xero: Tentative links we hear you cry! Believe us, we struggled with linking X to the office. Both our chosen X's symbolise everything else that needs to be taken into account when you are designing, furnishing, and fitting out your offices. The need to incorporate the technology and the everyday essential pieces of office equipment that will enable you to do your job.

Y: Y is for Yale (other security systems are also available): Security has to be included in any commercial interior plans, as your offices need to be secure. The rise in smart security options gives you the ability to have door entry systems, alarms, cameras, and more all managed by your smart phone enabling you to have piece of mind even when you're not physically in the office.

Z: Z is for Zenith! The zenith of office design is the time when your design is most successful for you, your staff, your company as a whole and your customers; and if you’ve followed our blogs and implemented all of our advice then your office Zenith hath occurred.

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