Many of today’s leading technology companies love to push the envelope when it comes to office interior design. The stuffy corporate offices of the past with endless acres of cubicles have been abandoned for open spaces filled with natural light. Although we may not be able to replicate the grandiose office designs of the tech giants for our small businesses, we can take some of their interior design elements and apply them to our offices.
Bring Outside Inside
Recently, companies have been incorporating outside work environments into their office design. Having a place to work outside can help alleviate stress and break up the monotony of a day spent inside. Apple has taken the trend of incorporating outside elements to a new level with their new “spaceship” office building, which is currently under construction. The Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California will be a large ring-shaped building with an entire courtyard/orchard in the middle and natural ventilation that will allow outside air to flow within the structure. The outside of the building will feature large panes of glass to allow plenty of natural light into the space.
Not all office environments have the ability to add a tranquil courtyard area or a rooftop garden with Wi-Fi, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t give your office interior design more of an outside feel. Adding plants can brighten up your work area and reduce air pollution within a space. There is also the therapeutic aspect of caring for and maintaining healthy plants.
Open Up Your Space
There is certainly something oppressing about the traditional cubicle setup that has been a staple of corporate America for many years. An open office encourages collaboration between employees and is especially popular among companies in creative industries. With Google’s office interior design leading the way on the open office concept, many companies have started doing away with the partitioned workspaces.
The open office concept has drawn some criticism for cutting down on productivity and creating a work environment that makes it hard to escape distractions. At a smaller company, the issue of having everyone working in the same space may not be such an issue. Working in one large open space can also help to connect employees and remove the sense of hierarchy and exclusivity of the traditional “corner office” setup. It is important to maintain areas within your office interior design for private calls, meetings with clients and peers, and times when you just need some solitude to do your work.