An office is not only about functionality. The surrounding needs to inspire you to do better work, which means that designing an executive office is a multi-faceted problem. It requires you to take several things into consideration – the type of work, daily habits, and the overall aesthetic that befits the firm. As such, the office needs to stay formal but also instill confidence and be at least neutrally welcoming. These are the main ingredients if you want to end up with an executive office on your hands that is designed to impress.
An executive office needs to work across several dimensions of functionality. After all, it is an accepted notion that it seldom serves a singular purpose. This is, indeed, a “dwelling” for the executive where they will commence solitary work every day, but it also needs to be a representable backdrop for business meetings. In regard to this multi-functionality, the designer needs to start off from an angle that covers most requirements. Now, I will reiterate that the office is not only about functionality, but the most prudent “angle” for the broad-stroke design is to start with functionality.
Throw tastes out of the window and ask the most basic question: what needs to happen in this office every day? Naturally, the furniture will begin to fulfill the functional roles – working chairs, armchairs, cabinets, counters and, of course, the unavoidable work desk. The executive’s desk should serve as the centerpiece of the office and the rest of the furniture should indiscriminately be aligned according to its position. No exceptions.
As you have “peeled off” the layer of functionality, the first matters of aesthetic appeal need to be addressed. Of course, before you move in the purchased furniture, you need to see to it that the color and texture of the walls, as well as the quality of material that makes up the floor, are all up to snuff. Is it a tasteful color that reflects the company’s mission, vision and goals? Is the material organic and inviting, or is it something more industrial – concrete, metal or marble?
Decoration and styling
When the time finally comes to go beyond these basic aesthetical matters – mostly the ones that determine the tone of the room – you can start enriching the office with discreet but refreshing stylish touches. You can easily spice up the room with contemporary rugs as reliable décor that doesn’t distract but which still offers a welcoming touch of humanity to the office.
A tablecloth on the counter right beside the armchair for visitors can also be a nice detail that doesn’t “hinder” the functional nature of the office. Paintings and framed photographs also fulfil a similar role. Beyond that, if you are thinking about statuettes and other ornamentation, think about it carefully – they really need to justify their presence in the office and they need to blend well with the rest of the space and the mood. The statuette can, at the very least, represent something that celebrates the culture of the company.
If your office is quite sizeable, you should consider creating “zones”. In domestic interior design, furniture islands are assembled to highlight different functions of a large open space. For example, a large living room will have a leisurely cluster of furniture grouped around a TV and, typically, a dining room “island” grouped around a dining table. In the same vein, you can create different zones in an executive’s office. At the very least, this gives you a chance to separate a work-desk environment from a “meeting” corner, where most furniture will be turned towards the coffee table in the middle.
Every successful company has a mission, a vision and goals. This, altogether, makes up the corporate manifesto that is often inspiring and which is there to remind everyone what the business is all about. Naturally, such sentences can be turned into a décor that brings the executive’s office to a whole new level.
Just think outside the box – the messages from the company’s manifesto can be printed in a carefully chosen font, colour and a level of translucency on the windows of the office. The letters as 3D plaster models can be placed onto the longest wall of your office. This is a good opportunity to go wild and still stay within the necessary tasteful parameters for designing an executive office.
When it comes to designing an executive office, your goal is to assemble an arresting interior that may impress clients and business partners in equal measure. It is supposed to make both peers and employees feel welcome and it needs to reflect an executive’s integrity – which, in turn, instils confidence in the competence of the one that inhibits such space.
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