How Top Companies Are Making Offices More Like Home
Comfort, sustainability, and functionality are key when it comes to designing offices. When seen through the lens of great design, these qualities merge to form joyful spaces that feel like a second home.
Written By Deborah L. Martin
Brussels-based real estate management firm, Tribeca Partners, wanted an office that provided comfort and connection and that had a relationship to the outdoors for their workforce, who was returning after months of working from home. Designer Sophie Thielemans had a clear vision: “To make people feel at home, we made sure to bring in as many elements into the office as possible to break up the work atmosphere.” She worked with Ethnicraft to select pieces that were not only beautifully designed and finished, but were also supremely functional. For the co-working space, she chose the Bok desk and chairs in black leather, and the Profile meeting table, paired with Osso stools.
Mohawk Group’s award- winning Social Canvas modular carpet collection speaks to the importance of inclusion in design. Using the work of artist Charlie French as a point of departure, this soft surface line is the result of a collaboration with ArtLifting, a non-profit that champions artists who are impacted by disabilities and/or housing insecurity, creating opportunities for underrepresented artists to amplify their voices and participate in the contemporary art market. The collection includes the designs of six artists, and has been designed to meet the highest sustainability standards.
Renovating existing structures is a sustainable way to create new office space while contributing to neighborhood renewal. Cutting-edge architecture and design firm, Blitz, turned an 80,000-square-foot warehouse—designed in 1966 by Craig Ellwood, father of LA Modern style—into the Southern California headquarters of global adverstising firm, Saatchi & Saatchi. Design elements like carpet tile from Interface, wallcoverings from Designtex, and Wolf-Gordon, and drapery fabric from Carnegie were selected for their luxurious feel, as well as their functionality in high-traffic spaces.
Ghent’s new Pointe Mobile Glassboard partitions are designed to function as both space-defining and collaborative elements in the new hybrid office environment. They serve a dual function of privacy screen and whiteboard, and come in a range of colors that are designed for maximum writability, but are also customizable in a full range of Pantone colors and patterns. The panels feature powder-coated frames and an integrated connection system to unite multiple panels for a larger wall.