Chiomenti Studio Legal Office, Hong Kong

The sleek new office at the Landmark, by Italian interior design company, Stefano Tordiglione Design, sets a precedent in style. Based in Hong Kong, the design team created the interiors for the reputed Italian law firm ‘Chiomenti Studio Legale’.

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Office Space that Inspires

You spend a massive proportion of your life there, so it goes without saying that where you work really matters. Gone are the days when offices had to be beige and grey boxes where workers were kept captive from nine to five. Modern offices can be playful, cool, stylish and – dare we even say it – fun. That’s right, fun. At work of all places. Read more

Open Plan Office Design Ideas

Twenty-first century workplace designs have undergone a dramatic transformation from traditional office layouts that typically consisted of individual workstations sectioned off with partitions. The open office layout reflects changing work cultures and is rapidly becoming popular due to the impressive benefits associated with open office plans. Read more

Where I Work : Canvaspop

In 2009, Nazim Ahmed and Adrian Salamunovic expanded their homegrown brand from DNA 11 to CanvasPop, as they set their sites on helping you print your photos onto canvas. Read more

Creative Desk Designs

There are many good furniture designs, a lot of different materials that compose a beautiful desk. Some of them save space in the room because a designer created a functional design that would not only deal with your problem of having too little room for a desk but also look incredible in that small space. Some of the desks are suited only for large rooms that accentuate their gorgeous shape. And then there are those desks that can transform from a small, one-man workstation to a large, conferential table. It all depends on your taste and needs, so enjoy the next 42 desk designs that we fell in love with. Read more

Creative Offices for Creative Designers

Our environment affects the way we work. As designers, we will hope our offices to be designed in an inspirational manner. It is definitely easier to break the mind block and discover new ideas. Below are examples of really creative offices that I hope mine will be the same one day. Read more

Designing a More Effective Workspace

The pros and cons of a workforce of telecommuters have made headlines recently. If your employees share the same office, the key to making the workspace more efficient and effective may be to think of it like an urban planner does a city.

That’s how Kevin Kuske, general manager for Turnstone, an office furniture manufacturer that specializes in small and emerging companies, views workspace design. “Vibrant cities have various zones — for play, concentration, collaboration, socialization and creativity. Every great workspace should, as well,” says Kuske. “The overall setup of the space is crucial to creating a productive work environment.”

He recommends that companies reconfigure team spaces and add alternative settings that provide access to people and technology. Kuske says the workplace is about people solving problems together. Here are his tips for creating a space that fosters collaboration:

1. Think beyond the desk.
One of the elements of physical and creative well-being is movement. “Our bodies weren’t designed to sit in a 90-degree posture all day,” Kuske says. “Movement has physical and psychological benefits. An effective workplace has a mix of spaces and postures. It’s about breaking the bond between the user and the desk.”

He suggests that small business owners create work areas that allow for standing as well as sitting, such as café-height tables for lunch or coffee breaks, traditional workstations, and sofa groups for meetings.

2. Your office is an extension of your culture and brand.
When you are designing your office space, consider what you want to convey about your business’s personality and culture. “It’s important to employees,” says Kuske. “It gives them a feeling of belonging, and that is what builds trust and creates bonds. Belonging also inspires innovation and creativity.”

Not sure where to start? Kuske says a simple way to express your company’s personality is the use of color and the choice of furnishings. For example, “all white and gray can have adverse health effects,” he says. “Studies show that color impacts health and stress responses. Choosing the right colors may feel like the frivolous part of designing your office, but it’s not.” Kuske says the color blue helps workers feel more calm and productive while red is good for jobs that require accuracy and attention to detail.

3. Include an area for meaningful play.
“We’re all buried in emails, tweets and phone calls. Play breaks that non-productive drag and frees up the mind,” Kuske says.

He’s worked with small-business owners who have included a ping-pong table and game area in their office. “We have a tendency to think only crazy start-ups design a workspace like that,” he says. “But these social spaces build bonds and get people communicating. It’s especially helpful when a company is in a fast growth period. Play means connection.”

4. Allow employees to design their own workspace.
“There is an idea that people have to be somebody else when they come to work,” Kuske says. He encourages small-business owners to give employees creativity in their work area, from allowing them to design and decorate their space to inviting them to bring their pets.

“It teaches people it’s OK to be yourself,” he says. “When people are comfortable, they are more creative and productive.”

How To Create an Impressive Office Reception Area

It may be a cliché, but it’s true: You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. The old but wise adage rings particularly cutthroat in business.

Within milliseconds of entering your office, potential clients make up their minds about you and your company. In a glance, they instantly decide how trustworthy you are, if you’re broke or in the money and, oftentimes, if you’re good enough to do business with.

While you can’t control what people think, you can pad the first impression deck in your favor – and not just with a bowl of M&Ms and a comfy padded couch in your reception area. There are countless ways you can convey the success and professionalism of your business right in your entryway.

From offering a welcoming smile (this should be a given) to sprucing your space up with lush (real, not fake!) plants, to lighting up your logo to offering free Wi-Fi, here are 20 ways you can make a positive, lasting first impression with your office reception, all neatly tucked into an infographic by U.K. interior design firm SEC Interiors.

20 Ways to Create an Impressive Office Reception Area (Infographic)

How To Create an Impressive Office Reception Area

It may be a cliché, but it’s true: You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. The old but wise adage rings particularly cutthroat in business.

Within milliseconds of entering your office, potential clients make up their minds about you and your company. In a glance, they instantly decide how trustworthy you are, if you’re broke or in the money and, oftentimes, if you’re good enough to do business with.

While you can’t control what people think, you can pad the first impression deck in your favor – and not just with a bowl of M&Ms and a comfy padded couch in your reception area. There are countless ways you can convey the success and professionalism of your business right in your entryway.

From offering a welcoming smile (this should be a given) to sprucing your space up with lush (real, not fake!) plants, to lighting up your logo to offering free Wi-Fi, here are 20 ways you can make a positive, lasting first impression with your office reception, all neatly tucked into an infographic by U.K. interior design firm SEC Interiors.

20 Ways to Create an Impressive Office Reception Area (Infographic)