Space Planning

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:

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In search of the modern Campaign Chest…

The image of a campaign chest conjures up an almost romantic view of war. It was the everyday piece of kit for the British officers during the Georgian and Victorian periods.

It seems so civilised (& a touch batty) to be so determined to not compromise on the quality of one’s life and to cart these chests around with everything from the port decanter to letters from mama, whilst defending the realm.

It got me thinking… what is the modern equivalent?

Surely it has to be the Blackhawk Secretary Truck by Restoration Hardware.

 

 

Blackhawk Secretary Trunk (image from Restoration Hardware)

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Remove the Stuff and free up your life…

If there is one thing the Queensland Floods taught me (other than Noah was on the money when it rains a lot) is that people as a whole accumumate a lot of stuff. Some of it is treasured memories but a lot is the result of impulse purchasing when viewing late night TV!

This week I have been working with a client that has relocated from her sprawling 4 bedroom house in suburbia to a hot inner city pad. The obvious problem was that she had too much “stuff” and now no place to dump err I mean store it.

I am sure if you look around your own home you will likely have a spare bedroom or at the very least a closet overflowing with things. At some point they were valued additions to our life but now they end up spending the rest of their life hidden away in draws or cupboards to surface ever once in a while only to be replaced because they fit in the “I might need that one day” box. Continue reading

Nils Nova – Artist

As a designer I love to play with the visual concept of space. In some cases the idea is to make a space feel snug and cosy, while at other times it is all about an abundance of light and space.

Sun Room Illusion by Nils Nova

 

When it comes to playing with our perception of space, there is no greater magician than Nils Novs. If anyone could build the Tardis out of Doctor Who, it would be him.  With his giant installations he can change a space completely. Continue reading

Boskke Sky Planter

You don’t need me to tell you that natural living plants in a space are a good thing.

Indoor Plants

For a start they look beautiful. Then there are the pages and pages of case studies that have proven that in any indoor space (home or office) living plants are the way to go. They absorb Carbon Dioxide (and other nasties) and emit Oxygen. The cleaner and fresher our environment, the better we feel and more productive and alert we are. Continue reading