Credit: Dwell. Photo by Andrew Meredith
It is always fun to see offices of other designers. How do they keep the office feeling creative, yet being an organized space where business takes place?
Lets have a look at the office of Interior designer Kathryn Tyler. I feel that the creativity is spoken through the amount of reading materials displayed here. The imperfection of the casually placed brochures -in the right corner- also gets me thinking about ‘feeling free’ to create. The importance here is that the overall look is not messy. The ‘imperfection’ is in fact over-shadowed by arranging the rest – and majority- of books vertical. Also placing the linear bookshelves on both sides distracts from those objects. Next would be the desk area. By being placed central and away from the wall the brain feels more open to ideas. The business aspect of running a design office is also reinforced with the executive feel that the desk placement emits. The closed file cabinets also reminds us of business.
Now to me this space balances perfectly the business – and creativity side of running a design office. What do you think?
Spotted these gorgeous images in photographer Jason Strong’s portfolio today. They are from Microsoft’s headquarters in Stockholm. Designed by Murman Arkitekter.
Credit: Jason Strong
Lately we have been seeing many IT offices where the design involves punches of vibrant colours. Like the Skype office also located in Stockholm.
I believe colours to be an important aspect when designing an office space. For increased inspiration and productivity colours in the interior should complement the brand. This will strengthen the brands identity. Speaking of productivity this can also be increased or decreased by application of colour. The different psychological effects colours have on us are therefore good to know about.
I am excited to start this week with a creative office from multidisciplinary design firm, Hecker Guthrie. It is based in Melbourne with 17 workers.
They are a talented group who know their design principles and elements. We can see that in this project. And of course, in their own studio space.
Okay where shall we start? Did you see the glass baluster around the stairs? Love those! The space itself seems rather narrow. But the different floor levels are built so that plenty of light comes through. Excellent! For some people light is an important aspect of staying creative. I also like the material choice; raw finishes together with glass balances well with woods.
The meeting room is one of my favourite rooms. There is a sophistication in there that I admire. The space also speaks an informal feel through details such as curved chairs, leaned presentation boards and those overlooking lamps.
Credit: Hecker Guthrie. Photo by Shannon McGrath
With these photos I feel more energized for the coming work week. Perhaps they inspired you as well? If you are interested to see some more images from Hecker Guthrie’s office take a look at these photos from ‘Where They Create‘.
Credit: Hecker Guthrie
Ending this Monday with this uncluttered- and fresh office. Uncluttered offices are especially meaningful if the given space is small- to medium size.
At least to me, entering my home office which is organized and which has plenty of hidden storage would inspire to more of those late night works. A cleaner canvas also inspires the office to be used for different purposes. For example I do not want to stare at my bills while I blog. I would rather look at freshly cut flowers or a mood board.
Curious to hear, what is your ideal home office?