Interior design elements that improve workplace comfort and productivity

Interior design elements that improve workplace comfort and productivity

Having a physical location as a workspace has many inherent benefits, such as bringing employees together in a collaborative environment and giving businesses the ability to create culture and identity. But when hybrid and remote working began to rise at the start of the pandemic, many wondered if that meant the end of the physical office. However, now that two years have passed, the pattern is clear: instead of being completely replaced by remote methods, many companies have adapted to the new needs and conditions of employees by opting for team spaces, comfortable and flexible that promote creativity, collaboration, and productivity.

While architecture sets the scene and provides the framework, interior design is what can ultimately create work environments that can meet these criteria. Whether with chairs, tables, decorations or light fixtures, it is important to choose the right pieces to create a flexible, visually appealing and inviting space that positively influences workers. With this in mind, we present below furniture, lighting systems and decorative elements that are not only functional, but also comfortable, versatile and aesthetic, thus promoting productivity and efficiency. To help inspire architects and designers, these are presented through a roundup of modern workspaces and products.

Comfortable and versatile furniture

Hung Sheng Spaces / D&P Associates

Because Spaces Hung Sheng’s main visitors are freelancers and small businesses who need a place that meets their creative needs, the design had to be flexible, inviting and comfortable while remaining professional. Thus, the Maarten chair by Viccarbe, with its rounded edges, simple look and soft color palette, was selected to enhance the calm and minimalist style of the office space while motivating efficiency. Similarly, the Trestle table – a thin and simple flat surface supported by angled legs – is used in meeting rooms due to its versatility and elegant design, suitable for many collaborative spaces.

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© Workspaces
© Workspaces
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Brookfield Asset Management / Ultra Confidential

In this office design, the promotion of well-being and sustainability was the main objective. Therefore, the selection of interior furniture had to bring calm and, at the same time, minimize the environmental impact. For this reason, the Raglan sofas by Andreu World have been chosen for the common areas, offering an ideal modular solution for relaxation in corporate environments. On the other hand, the meeting rooms include the Nuez BIO chair, a comfortable lounge chair with a high back, with a warm and modern character, recyclable and biodegradable.

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© Yamini Krishna Photography
© Yamini Krishna Photography
© Yamini Krishna Photography

Municipality of Sint Michielsgestel / AREA Occupier Solutions

Although not a traditional office, City Hall has been expanded to incorporate a community center with a library, dining space, meeting rooms, and various co-working spaces. Given the combined range of programs, the building is furnished with Sellex chairs, stools and tables. This includes several lightweight, minimalist and comfortable Fast Tables and Slam Chairs that can be easily assembled in many different configurations and thus adapt to multifunctional and flexible open spaces – just like the modern office concept of today.

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© Sophie Mylou
© Sophie Mylou
© Sophie Mylou

Comfort armchair DIDA Move Pro & Master Pro / Federico Giner

When it comes to choosing the right office chair, comfort is crucial for work efficiency. Federico Giner has therefore created the DIDA Move Pro, a polypropylene chair with a steel structure designed to promote good posture (based on anthropometric and ergonomic studies). As it includes wheels, armrests and is height adjustable, it offers customizable comfort and easy mobility. On the other hand, the Master Pro Comfort Chair is a wooden alternative with similar characteristics, ideal also for informal and formal work spaces.

Courtesy of Federico Giner
Courtesy of Federico Giner
Courtesy of Federico Giner
Courtesy of Federico Giner

Functional and visually appealing lighting systems

Rambler&Co Dept. Software / Nefa Architects

Seeking to design a functional and laconic space for software developers, the main idea for the interior was to create an image of a mathematically clear structure with a minimal set of parts and materials – only in white, black tones and gray. With this in mind, Vibia’s Link XXL lighting system was used for its sleek geometric modules, projecting silhouettes and shapes onto the ceiling in varying depths and sizes. In this way, the luminaires provide uniform ambient lighting in a unique and dynamic way, enabling concentration and creativity in a working environment.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

News agency office Gazeta.ru / Nefa Architects

As the office of a news agency, the design focused on creating a comfortable and multifunctional workspace. This needed to be complemented by clean aesthetics and good lighting, which is why Vibia’s Wireflow chandelier was chosen for the meeting rooms and lounges. As a modern reinterpretation of the traditional chandelier, the system is characterized by its innovative materials and contemporary technology, combining a sculptural piece with highly efficient lighting.

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

Creative space dividers and decorative elements

MiQ / Melissa Cheing Offices by Sydness Architects

To stimulate creativity and interaction between employees, the designers created several open and bright workspaces. Kriskadecor aluminum chains were then added to perform various functions, acting as a space divider and a decorative element that complements the company logo with a multi-coloured, glossy gradient. In addition to breaking up the neutral color scheme, the chains bring transparency through the shape of the links and volume with a second black layer that faces the stairwell. Thus, it works as a creative solution that adds depth and color to productive areas.

© Jon Nissenbaum
© Jon Nissenbaum
© Jon Nissenbaum
© Jon Nissenbaum

K120 Business Center / Studio MádiLáncos

In an effort to convert the interior of a historic building into a modern office, the Business Center also incorporated Kriskadecor chains. As the inner courtyard included a wall with exposed electrical mechanisms and pipes, it was the ideal solution to cover the surface with a decorative coating. In satin sand tones, the intricate chains add elegance and visual comfort to the workspace, which is crucial for improving good work performance.

© György Palko
© György Palko
© György Palko
© György Palko

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