How do you bring Mother Nature to a small office space?

As humans we thrive when surrounded by mother nature. There is nothing new in me telling you that that.

Its all great in theory and then you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle feeling a bit like the mouse on the running wheel and not a Sky Planter or Woolly Pocket in sight…

 

Bad office layout and a lack of greenery has been proven time and again to have a direct correlation to:

  • high staff turnover
  • increased sick days
  • higher levels of stress
  • poor concentration
  • lower work efficiency

Not great for the business owner or the staff.

 

Nidolab (an Argentine architecture and interior design firm) have taken the challenge and with just 54 m2 have created this space:

 

Office space created by Nidolab (image by Paula Alvarado)

Office space created by Nidolab (image by Paula Alvarado)

 

It is a very clever spatial design that has created specific areas for:

  • team work
  • individual time
  • meetings
  • rest
  • storage

 

I am a big fan of the pared back colour palette and use of natural light and timber. They have created a real sense of calm – which is the same emotion we get from nature.

 

For me, the real piece of genius was to inclusion of the unusual rug. In an office it is hard to create actual green spaces. This is such a unique and interesting way to achieve it.

 

Upcycled Grasslands rug by Alexandra Kehayoglou and El Espartano (image by Paula Alvarado)

Upcycled Grasslands rug by Alexandra Kehayoglou and El Espartano (image by Paula Alvarado)

 

The rug was designed by Alexandra Kehayoglou and created by El Espartano.

 

Close up of upcycled rug by Alexandra Kehayoglou and El Espartano (image by Paula Alvarado)

Close up of upcycled rug by Alexandra Kehayoglou and El Espartano (image by Paula Alvarado)

 

Using natural wool, that was discarded or production surplus from El Espartano, she has created an eco-friendly rug with a design that pays homage to the famous rolling Argentine pampas…

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