Taking it back to where it all began, Office Furniture Scene delves into the past of office design, comparing it to what it is today. Office design is an integral part of any business. Creating a space which reflects your company’s core values and exonerates a hard working atmosphere is what will set your company apart.
In the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the concept of organic architecture. Which placed an emphasis on a warm space with lots of natural lighting, and thus revolutionised office design. Studies have shown that natural lighting can improve morale, boost productivity and reduce eye strain. From this concept of creating warm office spaces, Biophilic design became popular in the 1960s, with plants used throughout the space to create a welcoming, organic atmosphere. Biophilic design is bringing the natural outside inside, and plants in the office have been popular ever since.
The Evolution of Office Design
During the 20th century we saw an increase in office partitions, cubicles and screens. Providing employees with their own space to work within. Office cubicles were invented in 1967 by Robert Propst, who worked for the well known furniture manufacturer Herman Miller. Collaborative working is something that has become increasingly popular in recent years. So creating a space which enables this is a vital part of any modern office design. Your office is the very foundation upon which your business is built, both literally and figuratively. So for that reason getting it right is more important than it has ever been. This meant partitions were removed or used sparingly to create an open plan space.
Today, something that cannot be overlooked when it comes to office design is the breakout space. Work life balance has become harder to achieve due to increased working hours in comparison to 100 years ago. Nowadays, providing a space for your employees to relax and recharge is a must. In fact, employees tend to be more motivated and achieve more when they have a space to go to when they feel overwhelmed or if they just need a break from their project. There are so many creative ways to design a breakout space, with beanbags, swing seats, football tables and much more.
Whilst office design has transformed over the years, the one thing that remains constant is providing a space which reflects the company’s core values. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future of office design holds, and here at Office Furniture Scene we will proudly continue to provide top quality office furniture for your office space.