How to create work environments that are inviting, comfortable and productive.

Bringing Residential Comforts to a Commercial Space

It is estimated that approximately one third of our life is spent at work. In order to make this time as productive and enjoyable as possible, it’s important that you don’t have to compromise on comfort.

Workspace specialists agree, and have created movements such as that of “resimercial” design. This field is dedicated to specifying commercial quality, residential-inspired features in the workplace as opposed to the sterile and standardized feel of the corporate furnishings of the past.

Companies such as Apple, Google and Pinterest have embraced this, recognising the fact that people are emotional beings. We are highly influenced by sight, sound and touch.

Harmonious spaces that harness the principles of bio mimicry (design influenced by the colours and shapes of nature) communicate empathy and softness, make us feel calm, and can have a measurable effect on mood and performance.

1. Creating an Inviting Space which is also Fit for Purpose

The best new "resimercial" furniture is a response to the heavy lines and sharp angles of seating options seen in many workplaces. Solutions with natural lines, flowing curves, and visual lightness create a much more inviting and inspiring team space. Colour, texture, the addition of rugs, artwork and plant life can all combine to soften the boundaries between how we experience our workspace and our home environment.

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2. The Need for Comfort in Collaborative Spaces

Our office environments also need to be sensitive to how we move and interact. Designs need to be intuitive to the human body and social environment, maximising comfort as well as minimising strain on the body.

Any successful collaborative space needs to consider ergonomic effectiveness – seat heights, angles and support should combine to enable work in comfort for longer periods – bringing residential comfort to a commercial space.

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3. Ergonomic considerations:

  • Lower back support must keep the spine in a healthy s-curve.
  • Rounded foam cushions the knees allowing you to sit right into the back of the seat
  • 450mm is an ideal seat height to ensure that feet are placed flat on the floor
  • Access to tables which can be pulled up to, or are part of the setting allows work on a laptop with wrists perpendicular to the floor. This prevents strain and fatigue, rather than just propping it on your lap or on a seat.

4. Multi Purpose Means Frequent Use

The most flexible collaborative furniture solutions create a defined space that considers the diverse needs of its users. This should invite lounging and short term task working, as well as collaboration for planned and spontaneous meetings for different sized groups. Such multi-purpose solutions are constantly in usage within a workplace, meaning that the space they occupy is as productive as the people using it.

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