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03.25.21

Design Inspired By: Warm Weather, Relaxing Space, and the Modern Workplace

03.25.21
By RJE

As we embrace warmer weather and the era of flexible workplaces, our team wanted to capture these moments as they blossom. In this edition of Design Inspired By, our designers introduce a refreshing lineup of furniture, textures, and color schemes. From spring-inspired palettes to intriguing selections blending comfortable with contemporary, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to energize your workspace—wherever our whatever that may be.

Krista J.’s Design Board

Spring is finally here and with it comes sunshine, warmth, and happiness.  As the season changes we are also seeing changes to the modern workspace. Technology has made it possible for us to work from anywhere. As a result of this, employees are working hybrid schedules and are no longer feeling tied to desks and private workstations. Offices are embracing a more “resi-merical” (residential + commercial) experience that allows employees to work in open lounge environments and collaborative spaces. Employees desire a space that is bright, inviting and makes them feel comfortable. This palette embraces spring by bringing in pops of color, greenery, and natural wood grains. The furniture is moveable to support a flexible workspace and incorporates unique storage elements. This gives the office a more home like appeal while still allowing employees to be productive and inspired. 

Spring design board
Paint Colors: SW6910 Daisy, SW6225 Sleepy Blue; Upholstery: Designtex Woolish in Pink Salt; Furniture: National Office Furniture Whimsy w/ Tapered Wood Legs & Leather Pull, Source International Everwood Chair in Natural & White, Muuto Stacked Storage in Oak, Muuto Around Tables in White & Dusty Green, Muuto Framed Mirror (Rose), Muuto Restore Baskets in Dusty Green & Sand, Muuto Layer Cushion in Dusty Rose, Muuto E27 Pendant Lamps in Clay Brown & Yellow

Megan R.’s Design Board

With all of the changes that our world has withstood over the last year, our definition of workplace has changed drastically. For some, their workplace is their living room or dining room, maybe basement or bedroom. After so many of us have worked from home while also cooking, cleaning, parenting, and/or teaching all day, the idea of respite and refuge has a new meaning. Today’s workplace has the potential to serve as that for its users. The spaces and products shown help create spaces of refuge in the workplace. Whether that space is a quiet place to take a phone call, a space to breathe fresh air, or a spot to meet with colleagues, there are lots of different ways to integrate refuge and respite into the workplace.

workplace design board
Muuto Linear, Muuto Fiber Chair, Muuto Highback Outline Chair, Rockwell Sawhorse Table, Knoll Bertoia Bird Chair, Knoll Saarinen Side Tables, Muuto Five Pouf

Megan J.’s Design Board

The modern workplace is ever evolving, but employers are always looking for ways to create spaces that are highly functional and can engage and inspire their employees.  Often times, this is achieved through café spaces that can serve multiple purposes such as a break area, a space for impromptu meetings and opportunities for collaboration, or as a tool to host outside vendors and customers for happy hour.  As the spring weather is beginning to warm up, outdoor spaces will be a favored destination as well.  These spaces give individuals more options for places to meet, take a break, or socialize with fellow coworkers while soaking up some sun and fresh air.  Inspired by spring, this palette utilizes soft-hued colorways as well as products that can be incorporated into these multipurpose gathering spaces.  Accessories, natural light, biophilia, and mixed use of texture and materiality really make these spaces more dynamic and inviting.

cafe style design board
OFS Kasura, OFS Riff, Muuto Linear, Muuto Oslo, Knoll Rockwell Unscripted, KnollTextiles Vice Versa in Reef, Maharam Merit Pine, Carnegie Fabrics Elite – 10, Maharam Merit Stag, KnollTextiles Stripe It in Shadow, Sherwin Williams Useful Gray, Sherwin Williams Cityscape, Sherwin Williams Agate Green