With technology advancement nowadays, the flooring options for workplace have been revolving and improving. They become more aesthetically pleasing, customizable, durable and demand lower maintenance costs. Carpet, carpet tiles, vinyl, rubber and hardwood, just to name a few, are flooring commonly used today. Deciding the ideal office flooring for different areas of your workplace can be tough for those who are not professionally trained. However, having a basic understanding of the various types of flooring enables a better decision making. We have categorised the flooring options into higher and lower price ranges and we hope this post is useful to you. Continue reading “The Ideal Office Flooring”
Interior designer, a term we commonly heard, is often mistakenly used to name the job title of an interior decorator. The main difference between interior designer and decorator is the former is professional practitioners qualify to work on a construction project involving structural change, planning and renovation of interior spaces. Whereas the latter is personnel who work on the aesthetic and style components of a project. Interior decorator does not have to go through the conventional interior design education and examination to be a decorator. Continue reading “The Differences Between Interior Designer and Interior Decorator”
Our environment can shape our behaviours and corporate culture, either consciously or unconsciously. This can clearly be elaborated by the contrasting moments when we step into a library and a coffee shop. Hence, having a social space (also called breakout room or collaboration space) in the workplace can unquestionably help to achieve part of corporate objectives, shaping the intended behaviours, culture and improved staff wellbeing (read: Tips for Green and Healthy Offices). Continue reading “Shaping Corporate Culture Through Social Space”
Corporate space planning is a very important stage in an interior design project. If it is not carried out properly, it can cost a lot to the business owners.
When it comes to a purposeful space planning, our top priority is to understand clients’ current and future operational needs, before proposing a layout plan that is future proof. Change is the only constant and re-configuration of workplace is inevitable when the business environment changes. Senior management’s and designer’s foresight in anticipating realistic growth and needs, and incorporating flexibility to make a workspace adaptive enough to unanticipated changes can minimize the cost of re-configuration. One simple but good example is we usually do not recommend our clients to have the meeting room built at the rear of the office to avoid visitors have to pass through the open work area to reach the venue. This can prevent our client from having to relocate the meeting room to another zone if the number of visitors is increasing or when the management wants to impose a greater security, privacy and confidentiality control to the workspace. (Read case study Eastland Produce @ The Adelphi.) Continue reading “What Is Corporate Space Planning?”
Using the easiest way to carry out office space planning by purchasing single office desk design and size always results in a less functional workplace. Recognizing the importance of office furniture helps to create a practical workspace that fulfil users’ needs and satisfaction.
Furniture cost (chairs, tables, workstations, cabinets, sofas and storage system) can take up the majority of a project cost. Purchasing the furniture based on inaccurate specifications not only counter-productive but requires (frequent) replacements. The furniture should be able to serve the current as well as future needs to optimize return on investment. Continue reading “The Importance of Office Furniture”