Is Office Decor Important?
I've written about this in the past, but I thought I would revisit it again - it is top of mind as I am moving home and am thinking about everything furnishings related.
When I founded my company it was very important to me that I create a work environment that I liked. That generally meant a slightly groovy minimal experiece with post modernist touches. I wanted to work around our brand color whenever possible (we landed on a bright blue/green hue probably because I was from Miami and that is the color of the ocean).
We did create 2 exceptional spaces and then lucked out on a third - best part about this space aside from the built-in units that I did not have to pay for, was the price of the space, almost a fifth of what I paid on my last lease. We've done well in creating something that feels open, free, cool and liveable. I do have slightly stringent policies around keeping things neat, pr agencies can tend toward the sloppy, but the overall effect is our office would be a nice place to live. And that doubles back to the title of this blog, how important is decor? Very. I think.
We spend so much of our time in our offices. Buckminster Fuller, the social engineer who "invented" the geodosic dome proposed that it was a crying shame that our offices are better appointed than our homes. Personally, I think we spend SO much time in our offices they should be as nice, if not nicer than our homes. I can assure you the various offices I've had in NYC are much larger and in many ways nicer than my apartment ever was........Ce la vie!