No fuss. No frills.
Just simple spaces, aesthetic and functional. Lata Srinivasan outlines minimalism in offices
 
Workplace design today is being influenced by the new age office culture as well as technology. If it’s an informal culture that is promoted among employees then it’s trendy décor and contemporary furniture design that permeates through the organization. If clothes maketh a man, then the interiors of an office definitely contribute to its personality.
 
Today, it’s minimalism that has caught on in office spaces. Explaining the concept, architect and interior designer Anshul Chodha says, “minimalism translates to a feeling of space that is simple. Plain and empty are not viewed in minimalism as negative outcomes provided they achieve the objectives of tranquility, a sense of harmony among elements, and breathing space.”
 
Simple and aesthetic
 
There’s a fusion of simplicity and sophistication in workplaces today as can be seen from the choice of interiors. Speaking on the choice of this type of décor by organizations, architect and interior designer Haseeb-Ur-Rahman says, “minimalist design basically involves straight lines, simple forms, and yes, less furniture. Spaces are designed to make them look larger and this form of design has gained popularity in recent times not just in home décor but also in offices. Implementing this form of design in offices has numerous advantages. Firstly, it’s cost effective which is an important factor and secondly, it involves less maintenance. There’s also more open space in offices which is created because of the use of less furniture.”
 
Ergonomic and functional
 
But the use of less furniture does not imply less space for storage or other purposes. Though there may be fewer pieces of furniture, each piece is designed to be extremely functional. For instance, a storage unit may not appear as a regular bulky unit but it may in fact appear like a partition or a wall separating two rooms. Good space planning is thus essential in offices. You find that open offices are adopted where members of all levels and roles have a similar seating arrangement and arrangements are created such that they can be changed over time. Interior designers ensure that there’s no clutter and all pieces are coordinated.
 
Ergonomics also plays a key role in furniture design for offices and modular furniture is what most corporates go in for. Furniture, like chairs, are designed keeping in mind not just comfort but they are also made to look very aesthetic and stylish. A few intense materials and colours are played around with to create a very appealing arrangement and arrangements are created such that they can be changed over time. Interior designers ensure that there’s no clutter and all pieces are coordinated.
 
Ergonomics also plays a key role in furniture design for offices and modular furniture is what most corporates go in for. Furniture, like chairs, are designed keeping in mind not just comfort but they are also made to look very aesthetic and stylish. A few intense materials and colours are played around with to create a very appealing space and the consistency of their use across the various rooms creates harmony among elements. What in fact livens up the space is interesting colour choices, and a good blend would be light colours with bolder ones. For instance, you can go in for a combination of bright orange and off-white, or red and off-white, and experiment with form. Innovation and customization are important in creating minimalist spaces.