While there’s no accounting for taste, many employees seem to feel at home in an industrial, modern office, and will happily spend time there. The inspiration for this type of office design comes from factories, workshops and warehouses, all very ‘sterile’ environments, that can be transformed with a few well-chosen, minimalistic and functional elements, into comfortable and productive workplaces.
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1. Nothing to hide
One of the consequences of choosing a modern office with an industrial look is that you do not need to spend time or money on plastering all the walls and hiding pipes or other infrastructure elements. By not hiding these items, your office space gains an ‘edgy’ look. You can also often save space with this type of design.
2. Natural light, please
In factory halls and workshops, you might not see too many windows and that is, indeed, one of the issues with this type of environment. When you set up your office in this type of space, you must make sure that your employees have sufficient natural light. Installing large windows is sure to boost the well-being and productivity of your team.
3. The materials for a modern office
In a modern office, you need robust, slightly rougher materials. This could involve a combination of wood and metal, but also concrete and brick, as these all confer an industrial touch. You can polish concrete for a glossy, smooth end result or leave it unfinished for a more rustic effect. These materials are best showcased against a natural colour palette, such as white or grey walls. This does not mean, of course, that you can’t include a more floral accent, such as cupboards or office desks in an eye-catching colour, somewhere in the design. Just make sure that your office furniture is matched to your branding, and also reflects your logo in terms of colour and feel.
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