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Color in the Modern Office by John Hamilton, Coalesse Director of Design

Color is an especially powerful and emotional part of design. Everything in the world has color. Everyone responds to color. When we apply color to a space, it can change the mood, application and purpose of the space. 
How does color impact our relationship with the physical space around us?
I’ve always felt that color and materiality go hand-in-hand. They can calm us down or energize us. Depending on the colors in any built space, you can evoke both physical and emotional reactions to the palette from the people who inhabit the spaces. 
If you’re trying to make a space that feels calm, relaxing, rejuvenating, a space where you may go to focus, you might consider colors that are deeper, cooler and something that people respond to as if they were in a quieter, more natural space. 
If you were trying to create a space about energy and collaboration even socialization, you might choose colors that are brighter, lively, have more energy to them to get people up and interacting with each other. 
Why is color important in today’s workplace?

Today, many products are described as feeling very corporate. What’s exciting, is using color and materiality in a way that takes these high performing products that are designed for the workplace but design them so that they don’t feel like they are high performing products designed for the workplace. Materiality is a nice way of doing that. It’s a way in which you and present something in a way that feels like it’s from somewhere else but functions and works for the workplace. 

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Selecting office furniture is no easy task. Do you buy solely based on price, on looks, or on comfort? Are you confident enough in your decision to be able to accomplish all three? Well, if you were to utilize our in house designers and space planners (that we offer as a free service), you can rest easy. We’ll measure the space and provide you with a 3D CAD drawing that is ADH compliant. Knowing exactly how your furniture fits your space before ordering just makes sense.
Commercial space planning is important because a person's work environment is very important. After all, we spend nearly as much time at work as we do at home.
Whether you are moving into new work spaces or just considering an existing office facelift, our designers will guide you in considering the five major elements of commercial space planning:

  • Comfort - Assuring that work stations are adjustable and suited to the task, whether sitting, standing, spending hours at the computer or on the phone

  • Efficiency - Locating work teams in convenient proximity, placing equipment near workers who use it most

  • Communication - Organizing each department for the most effective means of communicating internally and externally with co-workers and customers

  • Productivity - Maintaining a logical flow throughout the office

  • Effectiveness - Establishing clear goals and objectives for the work environment

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Are millennials turning away from remote working?

An influx of young professionals joining the workforce who have grown up using the internet, mobile devices, social media and other modern technologies greatly affects the way businesses operate. Not only do they expect their workplace to adopt the latest in technology, they have also been at the forefront of demands for more flexibility in the office.
Given this, it’s interesting to consider why a recent look at the working preferences of office employees found that remote working seems less attractive to younger team members. Only one in 10 of those aged 18-34 said they’d want to work remotely compared to nearly twice as many aged 45-54[1]. This begs the question, are millennial turning away from remote working? If so, why?
One reason that the office appears more attractive to younger generations could be their tendency to be more social and collaborative in their work practices, having grown up with the technology and social apps that enable these behaviors. A longstanding LinkedIn study found that millennial overwhelmingly report that friendships in the workplace have a significant impact on boosting happiness (57%), motivation (50%) and productivity (39%) – compared to a significant lower percentage for Generation X. 

Another reason could be that home office technology has yet to catch up with their perception of what good office technology should be. Significant improvements in mobile tech and internet speed over the past few decades have caused millennial expectations of their own equipment to skyrocket. The demand for immediacy as well as functions such as scanning and printing to be simple and effective, has meant that home office technology increasingly must match-up to what workers are used to in the office.
Future thinking
Changing priorities and habits have already affected change in the workplace. The most forward-thinking offices are now less about desks and more about flexible breakout spaces, better quality of light and air, and central locations surrounded by amenities. Technology has already aided these advances, for example with the utilization of digital archiving and the cloud removing the necessity for paper files and the space they take up.
It cannot be denied that the future clearly points towards flexible and remote working; the issue is simply that the technology must be there to support it. Wherever you’re working should not be a barrier to how effectively the work can be undertaken.

Home office technology needs to steadily start meeting – if not exceeding – the requirements of the next generation. Aspects like connectivity, speed and performance will remain key alongside more specific features like affordability, economy and size – particularly in the home office. Professional-grade technology in the home must also offer hassle-free and streamlined production.

Functions like the ability to print, copy, scan and fax from one machine will be a necessity, as well as easy connections to the internet, Ethernet and Bluetooth, for example. Smart technology that can easily deal with the plethora of different types of files workers use, from PDFs to JPEGs to documents saved in the cloud, will also be a basic expectation.
Technology must develop in order to meet the demands of emerging work practices. But with each generation that joins the workforce, expectations will be higher. Consumer-grade technology evolves at a speed which outpaces an organization’s ability to update. However, gone are the days where updating technology means months of laborious installation. New technologies such as cloud and as-a-service solutions, are enabling businesses to remain more agile. While nobody can predict the future, by investing in responsive technology businesses can not only aim to weather new trends but stay one step ahead of them.
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