At times, I face resistance from clients to the use of wood, especially while designing offices. Given the global exposure that people have today, somehow wood is seen as ‘old world’ by a section of people and a steel-n-glass look is often seen as contemporary. I don’t believe so, though! Of course, solid wood is not really an economical option as well.
However, I often end up recommending the use of wood at least as an ‘accent’. It not only highlights spaces, but also brings in a more ‘homely’ feel to spaces.
Here are some images from a new project.
The ‘formal’ atmosphere is the workplaces of many organisations is fast disappearing paving the way for a more casual, yet “I mean business” look. At the same time, organisations have become much more prudent with their fit-out spends. When I design workplaces for modern multinationals, I am often challenged on these counts.
This picture of a recent project attempts to show how a conference room enables multi-tasking in a multi-seating format. If you want to have a formal meeting, you can use the table. If you want to ‘discuss things over a coffee’ the sofa-setting is a good option.
Of course this takes more space than a smaller room, and two sets of meetings are difficult. But the point is that such places are used only once in a while and with smart electrical and HVAC design, much can be saved by switching off lights and air-conditioning when not required.
In the projects that I do, I always insist on my clients allocating a small budget for flower pots. It is often not spoken about much, but often clients are astonished to see how; suddenly with the addition of flower pots a house suddenly comes alive. The difference is best seen when a house is newly built…at that stage, there isn’t much ‘life’ in it…and the simple addition of a few flower pots give it the much needed bounce.
Moreover if you choose your plants carefully and place a few plants inside the house, the quality of air improves in the house….leading to a healthier life.
These are some pictures from a recent project…imagine the house without the plants.