Office Design Ideas And Concepts
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Office design ideas shown here are from office design concepts, office refurbishment schemes and office fit-out projects. Office design ideas often have alternative finishes to illustrate how differing appearance can change an office interior.
Office design ideas are a mix of practical and visual. Many office interior designs use company branding to reinforce the business culture. Design ideas can be a solution to fix a problem, or to help a business change its work practices. A design visual supports the office design ideas by illustrating the layout, colour scheme, proportion and the practical solutions.
Fusion use office design ideas to help our clients develop their businesses, and most office interior fit-outs take the opportunity to re-engineer the culture, or to take an already successful persona to the next level. We use CGi visuals to model the finished office designs, using differing finishes or designs to show alternatives. Our Design Office process is swift and responsive ensuring ideas are conveyed effectively.
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Detailed 3D renders are developed once an office design scheme has been created from briefings and design surveys. As design is often about junctions of materials, a render usually highlights any critical junctions that might dominate an office design idea allowing the designer and client to pick up the points that might draw the eye.
Design ideas show the initial vision for a scheme…possible finishes and layouts…without being too exact. The advantage of a more sketchy style is to give focus to the broad design scheme without getting tripped-up by details that aren’t yet relevant. An artistic design image won’t show junctions, the exact colour tone, or the reflective qualities of a material, leaving the proportion and layout, general colour feel and material palette as the more dominant features.
Office decoration has incorporated aspects of domestic interiors with a mix of decorating ideas seen in lounges and kitchens, often balanced with typical corporate materials. Bold use of colour and very large scale graphics are regular office decorating tactics. A major achilles heel for any office is the suspended ceiling which always shouts ‘office’ no matter how good the specification. This is a major factor in office decorating using alternative ceiling materials and ideas, from joinery based ceiling features, fixed materials or floating rafts. Each have advantages, but in general getting rid of a conventional office ceiling plays a major role in altering the decorative feel away from office.
Photo-realistic renders can be used to define finishes precisely, getting as close to a finished appearance as possible. Renders can be very effective in visualising office decoration ideas. Using the full range of materials and finishes in a photo type image generally presents the finished office design ideas with the full scope of the designers intentions.
Office Design Ideas
Office design ideas can be portrayed from angles which don’t exist in reality. This image shows an office layout from a viewpoint far above the solid ceiling, which is not possible using a ‘real’ viewpoint. Renders illustrate office design ideas in ways that photo’s of finished projects cannot. These artificial angles also capture a lot more of the overall office decoration ideas than conventional views, as they can show more of the interior in one shot. The image above is a great example of rendering most of the office, in one visual, bringing many of the key office decoration and office layout ideas together.
Broken Plan Office Design
A distinctive change in office interior design ideas sees the evolution of open plan into broken plan. The concept is to zone spaces within open plan to break up the expanse of workstations. Workstation density has reduced over time from more than 100 sq ft per person to 50 sq ft per person. This sea of people means open plan is turned up to max. To soften the harsh characteristics, such as distraction, noise and interruption, broken plan is the design technique used to balance out the interior.
This image shows a simple mini-breakout lounge area. The furniture is set on a ‘grassy’ carpet insert and positioned by large sloping windows as a place to escape, but not be out of sight. Another example of broken plan designs is the use of sliding whiteboards to zone off open-plan work tables. Lightweight screens move so easily that dividing the space doesn’t become hard work, and equally encourages the sight lines to be opened once the zone is vacated.
Broken plan interior design ideas can be as simple as a string curtain. Fusion installed sliding string curtains in a recent project to great effect. Visually they lend just the right amount of screening to make the breakout zone feel well-placed. The furniture isn’t simply plonked down in the hope it’ll get used. Instead the space has a design basis but the open plan is butchered in the process. The balance is subtle but effective. If you would like to learn about how office design has changed over the years check out our new blog.