WOODn’t you like to know…

We love wood – and everything about it.  The “back-to-nature / bring-the-outdoors-in” design trend in office interiors soothes our senses!

  • Natural and stable, wood furnishings, accents, and architectural details bring a calm, residential feel to the workplace.
  • Wood evokes warmth and comfort, blurring the line between home and office.
  • Wood textures used throughout a space can create a relaxing, familiar, grounded environment.
  • Wood applications can tie a space together resulting in a workplace design that is unique and engaging.
  • Mix woods with 2016’s Pantone Colors of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity – for a customized interior and experience a virtual workplace detox!
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Cafe spaces are cozier with warm, wood accents on walls and tabletops (left, photo courtesy of Stikwood) | This conference table comes alive with a gorgeous live-edge detail (right, photo courtesy of Meyer Wells)

More reasons to love wood touches in the workplace:

  • It’s “Green”. New wood finishes and coatings can be made of natural raw materials, are eco-friendly, and support green building.
  • It can make a space come alive. Decorative wood surfaces, effects, and textures mimic nature and when used as interior design accents can create a sense of harmony. Mixing old and new – blending modern design elements with weathered, salvaged, or reclaimed wood – can “breathe” life into a workspace.
  • It can support wellness. The calm feeling we get from wood finishes and the resulting residential/home life feel positively influences wellness in the workplace and in turn productivity.
  • Feels less mass-produced. With respect to the “maker space” design trend – artisans sharing knowledge and craft –  hand-crafted wood pieces add a sense of heritage to a space.
  • Bring a cozy feeling to any room through furnishings (wood tables, seating), architectural elements (wall or floor tiles, wall coverings, or floor planks), or even as art. Using natural wood hues – walnut, oak, beech, whitewash -never goes out of style!

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1. Raised Access Flooring/Wood Planks, Haworth | 2. Hula Table, Haworth Collection | 3. Acoustical Wall Panels, Acrovyn | 4. Poppy Chair, Haworth |  5. BAC Table, Cappellini | 6. Clamp Light, Haworth | 7. Pivot Mobile Dry Erase Board + Table, IdeaPaint |  8. Suite Executive Office, Haworth

 

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Anemos (Greek for ‘soul’) by Cappellini (left) supports hybrid workspaces | Klein USA offers wood finishes on their LITE Sliding Doors (right)

 

Resources:

http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/events-contests/event-coverage/4-designs-trends-lighting-flooring-decorative-surfaces-and-materials

http://workdesign.com/2016/06/neocon-2016-in-review/

http://webdesignledger.com/30-creative-wooden-workspace-interior-designs/

 

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