Create, Design and Define Your Office Space | Hive

You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time." ~ John Lydgate

The UK's cities are currently suffering from a lack of quality office space as demand is outstripping availability. UK wide job creation is driving the need for good quality space in amenity-rich and well-connected regional cities, leading to a squeeze on space and rent rises.

The pressure is now on to make our workspaces be all things for all people, to utilise the space that there is available, and the office furniture, to its fullest potential.

Today's office spaces need to be areas that enable employees to collaborate, concentrate, socialise and communicate, all within the same space and at the same time.

So how do you achieve this?

Introducing The Hive Seating System from Roger Webb Associates

To achieve a truly flexible office space you need office furniture that works with you. Hive is an innovative and award-winning modular system which answers that brief. Recognising the essential role that technology has within the work space, Hive has integrated technology, including power modules and WiFi, along with options for fixed or freestanding TVs and displays.

Available in multiple heights, different shapes and with a great selection of fabrics and finishes, Hive can reflect the brand and culture of any environment.

We love this innovative and award-winning modular system, but if you need further persuasion that this could be the solution to making your office space work as hard as possible, to be stylish as well as functional, check out Hive's own video.

If you would like further information about Hive or any other aspect of office fit

out, office furniture or office design, please get in touch with us at our Brighton offices.




The A, F, U(x) Of Office Design

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” ~Steve Jobs

What Are The Three Pillars Of Office Design?

Design is never static but in a constant state of motion and transition. What was “hot” in office design ten years ago now looks staid and jaded. We’re seeing a shift towards more co-working spaces, a downsizing of floor space leading to a more creative use of existing areas. The cubicles have given way to the playgrounds, the grey concrete is being replaced by branded designs. The office is in a state of flux.

Whatever the latest design trends are there remain three core elements that need to be addressed before we decide on the best office furniture, the colour scheme or where the printers will sit.

Not A, B, C But A, F, U(x)

There are three core elements in any design process: Aesthetics, Functionality and User Experience. Whatever the current whims or fads are, all office design needs to have these three pillars at its base.

Aesthetics: How pleasing is the environment to the eye? Aesthetics here refers to the initial WOW factor, how the office looks to you both on initial impressions, and on a day to day basis. This isn’t just playing to the ego though; studies have proved time and again that if you are happy in the work space you will be more productive. Beautiful boardrooms make for brilliant business.

Functionality: Pretty much as it says on the tin, the functional aspect of the design process is to make sure that the work space is useful and is fulfilling the function for which it was intended. There has been a tendency in the past to place functionality above aesthetics, or even to the exclusion of aesthetics. Of course it plays a major role in the sense that you are likely to be restricted by the physical space and location of the building but it cannot be seen in isolation.

User Experience (UX): If you’ve ever come across a website that has left you practically in tears of frustration because you cannot find out the simple peace of information that you went there for you will understand how important it is to get UX right. User Experience is the process of converting the need to use a product or service into a pleasure. This is the third dimension to the design process - it goes beyond the design working properly, being aesthetically pleasing and being fit for purpose.

Successful office design will incorporate all three of these processes and you, as the end user, will have a work space where you, your colleagues and your employees are productive, proud and professional.

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