The design of an office speaks volumes about the culture of a company. If there is an emerging trend in the corporate world to acknowledge the realities of human nature and use them rather than ignore them, the Chicago-based public relation software development company Cision has definitely jumped onto the bandwagon. The company implemented an employee-friendly office design that acknowledges different preferences in work styles and steps away from the drab reality of today’s typical workspaces.
Cision’s new offices (spreading over a 50,000 square feet space) were designed by Eastlake Studio, a Chicago design firm with a hefty corporate interior design portfolio. Under the creative drive of its designers, the new offices became a space conducive to open communication and creativity-inducing comfort.
Stepping away from cubicles and closed spaces, Cision’s new offices accommodate different work styles, allowing employees to move from desks to lounge-like work areas and from private work spaces behind glass doors to tables where communication happens spontaneously.
Recreational areas are an integral part of the design and places where the employees can change the decor, pace and focus as a way to invite innovation and creativity. A tendency towards minimalism and modern simplicity is evident in the design of every functional area.
Bright colors are generously used throughout the space, but they come as splashes of color limited to certain functional or decorative elements. They do not distract, overwhelm or become the story. Instead, they provide islands of chromatic energy against a mostly neutral, light background.
While the overall design is modern with a hint of industrial, large areas are covered with rustic wood planks. From a design point of view, the choice brings in the necessary visual contrast and variation in texture. However, this balancing element to the cold, harsh man-made materials also influences the general mood. The use of natural materials makes the space warmer, more approachable and less impersonal. This adds to an employee-friendly office design that motivates better work and ensures more enjoyment of daily tasks.
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