Collaborative Office Environments

I’ve finally finished my retail design but I’m going to wait to post anything on it since it is a competition and the deadline isn’t until the end of this October.

I’ve gotten a new project, which is a Steelcase design competition. This will be the third corporate office environment I have designed and up until now I really wasn’t excited about it.

This morning, however, I happened to stumble across Astra Zeneca’s collaborative corporate office in Bangkok and their office happened to get me really excited about designing office interiors. Astra Zeneca is a  “global research-based biopharmaceutical company” and their office in Bangkok is a collaborative environment. Usually the types of corporate offices adopting open plans and a collaborative work environments are creative agencies or places that do more creative work, like architecture firms, design firms, advertising agencies, and you get the picture. You wouldn’t think a biopharmaceutical company would adopt an open plan/collaborative work environment but they did and I think it works really well for them. How many of you would like to work in an office designed like this?

 

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Corporate office design always just seems repetitive and boring to me. Even the design of creative agencies is boring to me probably because I feel like I’ve seen the same stuff over and over. And there’s really nothing new here either except for the fact that the branding and the architecture is unique to the project, but that’s just it – it made me realize that corporate design isn’t just about being repetitive so you can fit as many people as you can into one office space. It’s about how do you break out of that rut and create a facilitating work environment that will impact employee’s lives every day. You do it through architecture and design. It’s not enough to just pick furniture and call it done. You have to cut into the ceiling, cut into the walls, and that’s when the design starts creating an energy that transfers to the work of the employees. When you’re able to do that in your design, that’s when open plan/collaborative office environments really start to serve their purpose.

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Creative Ceilings

It’s been a while since I’ve posted last, but I’ve been busy busy busy. I’ve been working on my Sephora retail project all morning and I’ve decided to take a break before my eyeballs fall out of my head. I’ve been trying to figure out my ceiling and I’ve come across some interesting inspiration photos that I hope inspire you as well. Here you go!

 

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Julep Maven: Boho Glam September Box

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I got my September box of Julep in Boho Glam. I couldn’t remember which box I picked for this month, so it was a nice surprise! I am in love with Tatiana, the orange nail polish. I think it’s perfect for October (even though it’s in the September box) – what do you guys think? The other nail polish looks black in the picture, but it’s just an extremely dark blue. It’s so moody, I love it! I can’t use these polishes yet until I catch up from my other nail polishes from this summer.

I am relatively new to being a Julep Maven, but so far I like it. I love their packaging. Each box was packaged specifically for each customer depending on what they picked. I also think the amount of product you get for the money you spend each month is good. This month I got 2 nail polishes, a full-sized package of bare face cleansing oil, and a small packet of nail polish removing pads. Anywhere else all of this probably would’ve ran me around $30. You also get points after each subscription, and you can use those points to get free things like another nail polish, another beauty product, etc. It’s not hard to accrue points either… just after a couple of months of being on their subscription you should have enough for a free nail polish! If you’re into beauty products like I am, I recommend Julep.

Retail Me Not

This blog post is geared more towards commercial retail design. The reason being is because I started school and got my first project which is retail. I never thought I would be interested in retail design because there is so much that goes into it but after searching around a bit today, I think I am going to really enjoy it. I am very much interested in the psychology of color, marketing, and the organization of a store in order to get people to buy.  Here are my favorites that I found.

 

Moré / Cando Design Lab

 

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Moré is a retail shop that specializes in selling handmade shoes and handbags from the best european brands. What I like about this store the most is the focal point. It is eye catching, and even if you didn’t want to buy anything, it makes you want to at least step foot inside to see what it’s all about. I’m not completely sure but it looks to me like their design concept is derived from a single thread – hence the fiber optics hanging from the ceiling.

 

Dri Dri at Saint Martins Lanes Hotel / Elips Design 

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What I like about this design the most are the graphics. I love the graphic gelato elements on the exterior glass of the store. I think they are colorful and fun but not overwhelming like color can sometimes be to some people. The glass also gives a “refreshing” look to the space which adds to the fact that it is a gelato shop. I also love the white and yellow striped platform you walk on to enter the space. It’s ethereal and makes you want to follow it to see where it goes… almost like following the yellow brick road and brings you right back to the cashier.

 

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Throughout my research I’ve found that more curvilinear elements and natural looking things will entice a person into a store rather than too many straight lines or sharp edges. This store is designed in a very linear fashion but the edges on everything are rounded and soft. It’s also designed in white to make the merchandise stand out with a bit of wood in it to give a more natural feel to the space. You can really see what you’re looking at in here. In some stores like Anthropolgie I feel like you get lost in those stores because everything looks the exact same and blends together. I also love the clothes pins in the ceiling. They add a ton of character and dimension to something that is otherwise very straightforward and linear.

What do you guys think?

August Beauty Faves

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Moroccanoil Treatment/ This stuff usually runs around $40 for the large bottle and it lasts about 3 months since you don’t need to use a lot, even if you have long hair. They come in smaller sizes but I’m not sure how much those are. I always use this on wet hair right after I get out of the shower to lock in moisture. I especially use it on my ends where breakage typically occurs, and then work my way up to the roots. I then comb out my hair and blow dry. This stuff will protect your hair against sun and wind damage. There are some people who are really against this stuff because they say it has silicone in it, which is what makes it so easy to comb through your hair, and that silicone can really dry out your hair. Silicone can dry out your hair but  at the same time it can lock in moisture, which is why I think that people who try to really hate on this product just don’t apply it correctly. It doesn’t work as well if you apply it to dry hair, but if you apply it to wet hair, it’s more likely to aid in protecting your hair and getting rid of split ends because it locks in that moisture.

Moroccanoil Hair Repair Mask/ This one ran me $50 the last time I got it, but again, it lasts a long time… even if you have long hair like I do. I usually only use it once a week after I shampoo and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes while I do other things and then rinse it out. This is a good conditioning option for your hair if you have really dry hair or are trying to get rid of split ends and reduce breakage.

 

Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo/ I use this because I have the other Moroccanoil products and it just works best with those. I also like this shampoo because it doesn’t cause build-up like other shampoos and it keeps your hair light. I usually pay around $60 for an entire liter of it and it lasts 3 months with 2 people in my house using it.

 

Argan Oil/ If you’re freaked out by the silicone in the Moroccanoil, you could try using 100% pure argan oil on your hair instead. Moroccanoil only contains a certain percentage of argan oil in it. I’ve used argan oil on my hair before, but not long enough to see results. I mostly use it on my skin at night before I go to bed, and I wake up and my skin looks really dewy in the morning. I suggest not using this during the day as it might cause acne since it is an oil. You also only need a little bit of it. Oil goes a long way.

 

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell In Paradise Body Mist/ I love this stuff. It’s cheaper than the perfume version, smells just as good, and is a good pick me up in the afternoon when you can’t jump in the shower and you feel like you need something to freshen up. This thing was a life saver on the beach, and when I went on float trips.

 

I posted these products under August since it is still summer, and summer can cause a lot of damage to your hair and skin with stronger sun rays and a lot of wind. Some people might still be going on vacations, or planning on late vacations, and this stuff will help where ever your plan to go. They are also good products for transitioning into fall when the air starts to get colder. They are perfect year-round products.

Flea Market Design

A lot of people are mistaken that great design has to be expensive. If you’re really on a tight budget and you’re still trying to figure out what to do with a room in your house, flea market design might be an option. I like flea market design because it adds an old world charm to a space, and it also uses a lot of texture. You can get just about anything at a flea market, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for there, then you could try estate sales or the thrift shop. In some cities goodwill even has outlet stores and those are good places to look for interesting items as well. You can always find old trunks or suitcases that you could turn into a bedside table, old light fixtures that could be polished up, etc. There are tons of DIY’s for this kind of handy crafty thing on google if you’re unsure of how to go about doing this. Here are some of my favorite examples of flea market design below.

 

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What do you guys think of this style? What have you done with flea market design?