Hi there! I am so pleased to be guest blogging for my talented friend, Taryn.
I am Jessica Rose, my company Rose Studio Interiors, specializes in commercial & hospitality interior design. I work primarily with startups and small businesses to add function, style and infuse work spaces with branding and culture.
I’d love to share with you five design principles that I have found to be essential to a successful work place design project:
Form Follows Function
Programming is a standard part of design & architecture for any project, but it’s especially important when it comes to work place design. I use a series of questionnaires and surveys to find out what each person’s role is within the company I am designing for, and what they need to do their best work.
The needs of each individual are then cross referenced with the adjacencies they require (who needs to sit to next to who) and this helps determine the final layout of furniture and walls. At this stage, I work with my favorite commercial furniture vendors to find the quality furniture line that is just right for a particular client. Even companies who do similar work have their own specific needs, and finding just the right layouts and furniture pieces for them is a large part of what I do as an interior designer.
With the mix of generations in the current work force, a standardized design and layout are not very effective. Getting creative and asking my clients to step out of their comfort zone is key in having a project that they can get excited about, which allows them to be more invested.
Each project is unique, and making sure there are plenty of creative ideas, colors, artwork and experiences within a fully functioning work space is one of my favorite, essential parts of the design process.
Branding: Quiet but Powerful
My number one pet peeve in work place design is when a company’s logo is just slapped on a wall somewhere and called ‘branding.’ I believe in subtle branding that tells a story through installations of color, texture and artwork.
Infusing a space with design elements containing colors, artwork and symbols that are a meaningful part of a company’s history is a much more effective way of branding, and is the mark of a thoughtful and well designed space.
Choices, Choices, Choices
The open office concept is often the norm for start up clients, but isn’t always the best working situation for heads down work or a positive working environment for introverts. I’ve found that having a variety of work areas helps to give individual freedom and encourages employees to take initiative and find the best work area for the task at hand.
Combining private office space, meeting rooms, benching style desks as well as lounge work spaces help to provide different types of work surfaces for different types of work. Providing choices is something I always guide clients towards, surveying the wants and needs of their employees is a great way to facilitate this.
Company Culture Above All Else
As a commercial designer, it is my job to help companies find their voice when it comes to design. I love to help people work better and feel happier while they are pursuing their dreams. The work place should reflect that.
I always ask clients at the beginning of the project, ‘How do you want to feel when you walk into your space?’ and then, ‘How do you want other people to feel when they walk into your space?’ These questions help to inform to overall design of the space as they allow clients to think about the look and feel of their work place from all perspectives and make informed choices.
As a commercial interior designer, it’s my pleasure to work with a team of architects, engineers, contractors and other traders to turn ideas and concepts into a fully realized project where a team can do their best work.
Jessica Rose is the Principal and Owner of Rose Studio Interiors, a design company in Southern California that specializes in design for startups and small businesses. Jessica works closely with companies to design for startups and small businesses to design unique and functional spaces where people can feel their absolute best.