The home-ificiation of the office, or resimercial design, is quickly becoming the norm in offices around the world. Over the last few years this trend has gained momentum with workplaces incorporating thoughtful design, aimed at inspiring creativity and improving employee satisfaction. Casual collaboration areas, improved break room facilities that could pass as home kitchens or cafe lounges, and welcoming receptions are just some of the ways offices are incorporating resimercial elements into their design.
There are several factors that have contributed towards the resimercial design movement.
- Technology – With the ability to work from anywhere and connect remotely to the office, many employers are using improved office design and amenities to lure staff back into the office, instead of working from home.
- Activity Based Workplace – A focus on office design that caters towards the way people work as they enter into different work modes over the course of the day. This type of design also takes into account the different ways people prefer to work, instead of providing only a one size fits all workstation.
- A Home Away From Home – With the office being the place we spend the majority of our waking hours each week, many savvy employers are creating workspaces that are more relaxed, laid back, and cozy, with all of the amenities of home, to attract and retain key talent.
This Dallas company sets the mood as you enter their office with a laid back greeting area to welcome visitors which also doubles as a casual meeting space for staff. Nothing says cozy more than an oversize accent chair. This causal theme continues throughout the office from the butcher block top communal desks in the open plan work space, to the family den style of the private office spaces.
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Those Aussies always seem to hit the mark when it comes to innovative and engaging office design. This new software start-up’s office in Sydney CBD features cozy collaboration and work areas that look straight out of a home, which is exactly the feel they were after. With an eclectic mix of decor and furnishings combined with biophilic design elements, this office goes above and beyond to make staff feel welcome.
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The playfully casual vibe at this London office features a cafe style break area featuring a variety of table sizes along with metal chairs and stools for people to gather for lunch, coffee breaks, or a casual meeting during the work day. Soft throw pillows and succulents add to the cozy home vibe of the space.
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Infusing technology into soft seating areas is a must have in the modern office space. Everyone in the office now has a least one chargeable device on them during the work day, from cell phones to lap tops, helping them get the job done. Stay powered up all day long with the Atlantic collection, featuring in seat charging stations for both AC and USB devices. Perfect for reception areas, casual collaboration areas, and private office spaces so visitors and staff can stay connected through the day.
Gone are the days of the sterile break room with a couple of old dirty chairs and a refrigerator for staff to store lunches. Modern office spaces are taking cues from residential kitchen design and providing staff with all of the amenities of an in home kitchen, complete with a stove for cooking and island or peninsula seating. Chic metal bar stools with a rustic wooden seat are right on trend for the home and the office looking for a causal cool vibe.
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