“Resimercial” design applied to offices

09/03/2021

“Resimercial” design applied to offices

The current situation generated by the pandemic is accelerating many trends that had begun to emerge in recent times and have prompted profound changes in office design and architecture. It comes as no surprise that the new technologies allow us to work from different places, including our own home, but while this may initially be very convenient, in the long term it disconnects us from the most human aspect of team work.  To solve this dichotomy, many forward-looking architects and designers are developing proposals that provide offices with a residential feel and the sense of calm that users now demand.

What is this type of design called?

Known as resimercial design – a term formed out of the combination of the words “residential” and “commercial” – this trend consists in introducing aspects of the home into work spaces to improve the user experience and turn offices into places of social interaction between colleagues. It has emerged particularly forcefully in the wake of COVID-19 and will be a dominant trend in office decoration in the coming months.

How does it apply to work spaces?

Work is a very important part of our lives so why not find a way to be comfortable while we are at the office? This is the main goal of resimercial design and its key benefit is that it doesn't demand major changes to adapt spaces to this style. In the case of spaces have already been created, Work Design Magazine advises incorporating textures, materials and accessories that evoke a sense of warmth, comfort and familiarity: for example, coloured rugs, easy chairs, wooden shelves lined with books, baskets or even pieces of pottery, and areas dotted with little desk lamps to cast a warm light.

When creating spaces from scratch, the key recommendation is to remember that work spaces should be cosy. For instance, sliding wooden doors for meeting rooms will create a more homely, less institutional sensation.  Another example is the use of stairs, not only to move from one floor to another but as a space for casual gatherings between the different members of a team. Lastly, rest areas and dining rooms are the spaces that best lend themselves to this type of design through the use of sofas, side tables, armchairs and, in particular, warm colours (browns, whites, oranges and even a touch of red).

The consumer product company Newell Brands is a good example of resimercial design. After the pandemic, they were keen to import the homeworking atmosphere into the office and have adopted this new approach for their buildings in Atlanta and New Jersey to great effect.

What are the benefits for users?

According to Optim Interiors, working in an environment where we feel at ease and comfortable increases our productivity and creativity. We spend most of our time in the spaces where we live and work, and they therefore have a direct impact on our behaviour and state of mind. Collaborative spaces are not only practical but encourage communication between the users, enabling them to share experiences, ideas and knowledge.

What other trends will 2021 accelerate? Our blog will keep you informed of all the latest developments in office design and architecture.

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