Commercial Office Design Notes

How do you transform a space filled with fairly common colors, odd-shaped rooms, mismatched and traditional furniture into a contemporary haven of professionalism and fun? Here are my design notes on how to do just that.

Reception

Change this traditional reception desk into a show-stopper statement piece of furniture and leave the back wall open for company signage. Switch out doctor office style guest chairs into two elegant and comfortable chairs with a table in between. Since the intention is  for guests to be greeted by the receptionist and shortly thereafter meet with their scheduled person, I reduced the number of chairs and upgraded the quality and style of them to provide a visual warm welcome and reinforce the company’s on-time meetings philosophy.

Existing

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My Design

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Conference Room

The existing table will stay as well the accent wall. For the table, my changes include an easy transition from traditional to contemporary through chairs. In fact, I would make all the chairs grey except for two white chairs at the heads of the table. I would change the accent wall color to match the primary brand color. The long empty wall behind the table can showcase an incredible piece of original art or illustrate the company’s mission with words similar to the format illustrated in the image below. If budget allows, I would layer the wall with an image or contemporary wallpaper for added visual interest.

Existing

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My Design

CopenhagenBergenChairCopenhagenBergenChairGrey

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 Office Furniture

The main office area includes one big room that has space for desks. There are three individual offices that are only accessible through this big room. The idea is to create a cohesive space amongst these multiple rooms and large open-work environment. The three offices have cool contemporary bean-shaped desks in white with glass tops and chrome legs. However, these desks are no longer available. My solution is to repeat those design elements with another type of desk in the same style but different design. I would change all of the black chairs from black to white or grey will also create a congruent, contemporary space. The individual offices would reuse the existing white chairs as guest chairs. They are the right design and color so they are ideal to include and  will save money.

The walls provide generous space for original and commanding art. Art that reflects the brand, anchors the environment and creates harmony.

NOTE: By not repeating the same desk type and choosing similar but different chairs, you can visual create the staff hierarchy within a shared space. I would put the higher back chairs in a darker color in the offices and keep lower back, lighter chairs in the main area for the support staff.

 

Existing

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My Design

CopenhagenSophusWhiteChromeDesk CopenhagenAxelDeskChairWhiteHi CopehagenAxelChairLow-Grey

 

Art

The office has generous wall space to showcase some unique retail and original artwork. Since they expressed an interest in nature themes, I suggested a few directions on this theme presented through a modern lens. Art is like adding the perfect accessories to a little black dress.

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Of course, there are many more items that can and should be incorporated into the office to make the space functional as well as presentable. The goal with commercial design is to start at least three months out, budget appropriately, hire a professional from the start and invest in furniture, especially chairs that will last several years. Short-term choices in lower quality items will most likely need to be replaced, thus doubling the design budget over time.

Have some ideas that you want to implement? Just reach out. I love design challenges.

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