TOP FIVE TIPS ON CREATING THE PERFECT OFFICE SPACE
The perfect office should use it's space efficiently, be comfortable and pleasing to the eye. If clients are calling to your office, it may be their first physical encounter with your company. You should project an image that shows what you are about and what sets you apart from the competition. All too often, we make sure our shoes are polished, cufflinks are gleaming, personal grooming is 10 out of 10 and then we let ourselves down by inviting the client to sit in a shabby reception area with well-worn magazines scattered on a chipped table. First impressions are crucial, because if we don't like what we see as a client, a sale may be lost and perhaps a reputation with it. Your reception area, waiting room, shop floor, office should reflect how you want to be seen and so, it is important to update these spaces and keep them fresh smart and inviting for clients and staff alike! It is saying that you value your clients and the people that work for you. CA DESIGNS TOP TIPS FOR CREATING THE PERFECT OFFICE SPACE:
At CA Design, we find that our 20th Century Iconic style furniture is very much suited to office spaces and reception areas. Based on design classics, our furniture doesn't date, is modern, relevant and looks good in any setting, contemporary or traditional. The most obvious advice, but one that is not always adhered to, is to invest in a comfortable, supportive office chair. Our best seller is our version of Charles Eames's iconic EA217 Softpad Group Management Chair. It features an aluminium frame with armrests and padded premium Italian leather cushions on the seat and backrest. With a tilt mechanism, seat height adjustment and a 5 star swivel base of polished aluminium with castors, it is extremely practical as well as being uber stylish.
OK, your office may be miniscule in size, but that's no excuse for untidiness! Think outside the box in terms of storage, it doesn't have to consist of boring filing trays and standard issue office cabinets! CA Design stock 2 smart and functional storage units that fit beautifully into small awkward spaces - the 6 drawer George Nelson style Horizontal Sideboard and the George Nelson style 9 Drawer Vertical Chest. Both have a pedestal painted aluminium base and so don't take up valuable floor space. These units, aswell as having a stunning design, say efficiency and neatness.
Add some stylish coat hooks with personality to make a feature of a boring office wall,namely CA Design's version of Charles and Ray Eames'Hang-It-All Coat Rack. This conversation piece can be hung on it's own or alongside 2 or 3 more to cheer up that lost space.
Again, your desk doesn't have to consist of a bland, run-of-the-mill office work station with add-on bits and bobs. CA Design's George Nelson style Swag Leg Desk is the ultimate hard-working desk. With it's sleek lines, compact drawers and colourful pigeon holes, it is fresh, stylish and practical. If you prefer something more subtle, the classic George Nelson Ottosen style desk ticks all the boxes, with it's solid American walnut frame and interior with a veneered walnut top. It has 2 large drawers and a shelf with pigeon holes underneath. Concealed in the desk-top is a fold-up mirror.
Lighting is key to avoiding eye-strain and tiredness. A trick I often use, where space on a desk is tight, is to use a standard floor lamp behind one's shoulder. In this situation, the AJ Floor Lamp, designed by Arne Jacobsen not only looks smart and neat, it focuses light directly where needed. This lamp also comes as a desk lamp model and both the floor and tabletop lamp come in black or white. Secondly, if the meeting area of your office is more informal, a really impressive lamp to shine on proceedings is the Castiglioni Floor Lamp with it's extendable curved arm, it can be shone centrally over a table, rather than using harsh ceiling lighting or it can be moved to the side to cast atmospheric lighting.
Colour is a powerful force! Colour can trigger emotions, rekindle memories, create associations, uplift us, alert us, soothe us. The colour of your office can influence the image that you wish you project : from classic, discreet, serious, to glamorous, playful, creative, avant-garde. The tendency over the last 10 years has been to decorate in neutral shades of taupe, mushroom, cream etc. This stems from the fact that historically, colour was used to reflect the natural palette of outdoors (mud, clay, white skies). Add one piece of colourful furniture to the monochrome palette to instantly transform the mood of a room. If your budget doesn't stretch to that,perhaps paint a feature wall in a lighter, darker or contrasting shade to lift that colour scheme. Remember, first impressions are crucial and your office space is often your shop window!
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
We have furnished some reception areas,waiting rooms imaginatively for example a doctor's surgery in a period building in Munster has placed a Mies Van Der Rohe style antiqued tan leather Barcelona Daybed in the centre of a large, high-ceilinged waiting room. It does double duty as both a extra seating area and magazine table and makes a stunning centrepiece. A Dublin dental practice, Docklands Dental on Mayor St, IFSC has used our Noguchi style Sofa in it's waiting area - the gentle curve of the sofa pefectly echoed what is a trickly space to furnish because the waiting room dividing wall is curved. They also used other 20th Century iconic style furniture in their practice, among them, CA Design Saarinen style Tulip chairs in their patient meeting room and a CA Design Barcelona style chair in vintage tan leather - projecting an image of a modern, progressive surgery. Verve, the creative Ad Agency has used pieces of our brightly coloured furniture in their new HQ. The unusual sculptural pieces that they chose lent themselves well to the image that they wished to project: that of an imaginative, young, dynamic agency.