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Biophilic Office Design

Biophilic Office Design

We’ve discussed the effect that interior design elements have upon employee productivity and performance in several of our blog posts now. This isn’t a new “fad”, it’s supported by scientific studies – and common sense. Creating an office environment that you enjoy being in will naturally enhance your workday.

What Is Biophilic Design?

One way in which to make your workspace more amenable is to incorporate biophilic design concepts, be that for the entire office or just including elements within your space. Put simply, biophilic design integrates natural elements such as plants, wood, stone and water.

How To Add Biophilic Elements To Office Design

There are a whole host of ways in which you can enhance your working environment by bringing in natural elements. We've come up with four ways in which you can bring biophilic design into your offices.

Lighting: Studies have shown that employees who have access to natural light at work remain more alert and more productive than those who have only artificial lighting around them. Natural light is important to our circadian rhythm, so where possible use natural light in a controlled fashion to enhance and compliment any artificial illumination.

Flooring: Whilst we need to bear longevity, sustainability and costs in mind, a wooden floor brings elements of natural warmth to a room. There are good reasons why vinyl flooring comes in wood ‘effect’: wooden office flooring is a timeless classic, and is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance investment.

Plants: From a simple pot plant here and there to an entire living wall, plants will help make your office environment appear less sterile. Having real plants dotted about your office is something most businesses can achieve relatively cheaply, and demonstrates to your clients that you have the ability and the desire to care for things.

Furniture: Your office furniture can take on biophilic elements as well – office desks, chairs and other items can incorporate natural materials such as cotton canvas, linen, leather and wood.

Making your working environment feel more welcoming doesn’t need to cost the earth – we’ve listed just four elements that can assist, but if you would like any more help and advice for your office revamp then please do get in touch with us.

The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

The Real Price Of Office Chairs:

We conducted a quick internet search today which demonstrated that you can buy a new office chair from as little as £15. There are several options if you want to be spending over a grand on a single chair and we even managed to find one (in our unscientific online search) for £27,896.00 – and a used, rather uncomfortable looking one at that!

Chair

If you’re in a large office or have a small budget it’s tempting to go for the cheaper options. And why not? There are several reasons why buying cheap office chairs will backfire on you.

The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

A recent study conducted by the British Council of Offices found a 23% increase in productivity when old or uncomfortable office furniture was replaced.

Or, to put it another way, people who said that their office furniture was “bad” were 3x more likely to claim that it directly affected their productivity.

In 2015 more than 23 million working days in the UK were lost due to office-related ill health, which includes 553,000 cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Now we’re not claiming that all work-related poor health is attributable to bad chairs, but what is known is that as we become increasingly deskbound, poor seating can be a pain in the backside, literally and financially.

If you think that you are keeping the budget in check by buying cheap office furniture, you need to weigh up that cost against lost productivity and sick-pay. Whilst we’re not advocating spending £27,000 on one chair, our work force does deserve to have the best tools for the job – and that includes where they park their rear ends.

Does Pink Work In The Office?

Does pink work in a business environment?

Millennial pink is hugely popular in fashion right now, and this year's Milan design week revealed that pink has also become the most sought-after colour in furniture design. Now we've trawled through our archives and our memories and we can't recall ever designing a pink office, but maybe we will be called upon to do so this year.

Apart from being the colour of the moment, does pink work in a business environment?

When talking about the colour pink, initial thoughts are usually that it is feminine and a softer colour; it is perceived as calming, reassuring and non-threatening.

Pink is a colour that works well with a wide palette of colours so can fit in with a lot of companies current branding. Combining it with darker colours such as dark blue, dark green, black or gray, adds strength and sophistication to pink. And if you're burdened with a drab, concrete building, pink may well be the right choice to lift the look, and the spirits, of your working environment.

An all-out pink office would be a real statement, but perhaps just accessorizing your current working environment with pink office furniture would provide you with a more subtle lift?

If you need help sourcing any colour, or type of office furniture then we'll be glad to help.

 

We Have Moved!

Business is booming here at 20sixltd - so much so that we have outgrown our Brighton offices and have had to move to much larger premises.

We're continuing to bring companies the best in our expertise and knowledge for office design and office fit out and are further expanding our office furniture services, providing the best solutions for all of your furniture needs.

With hands-on knowledge of sourcing and fitting the best lighting, acoustic and ergonomic solutions, 20six can help you to make the most of your workspace.

Please do get in touch with us to see how we can help you. Our new address is:

Units 19 & 20, Henfield Business Park
Shoreham Road, Henfield, BN5 9SL
T: Sussex Office 01273 303001 T: London Office 02030340476

info@20sixltd.com

 We look forward to hearing from you.