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  • How patterns tap into our instincts to help us be more creative and happy

    Posted on February 11, 2015 by Charles Marks


    The ability to recognise patterns is innate. We do it instinctively and often unconsciously. We look for patterns and where none exist we impose them, grouping things together according to their colour, shape, texture, number, taste, smell, touch or function and our own pattern psychology. We do this to make sense of the world and […]

  • Natural forms lend themselves particularly well to office interior elements

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Paul Goodchild

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    Earlier this year office furniture maker IPSOS surveyed hundreds of UK office workers on behalf of Steelcase to find out what they wanted from their office. One of the report’s key findings was the importance of organic forms. “One element which is conducive to wellbeing in the working environment is the beneficial effects of contact […]

  • Alternative ways of financing an office fit out

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Charles Marks

    You can’t help but notice that there has been a shift in recent years for us to become the consumers of things we were once obliged or wanted to own. We watch films on Netflix, listen to music on Spotify and share cars with strangers through BlaBlaCar. As both individuals and businesses we rent software […]

  • How the bench became the symbol of millennial office design trends

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Paul Goodchild

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    Many of the contemporary debates about workplace design and management have been ongoing for at least twenty years. The emergence of the Internet and mobile technologies mean that the workplace design scene came alive in the 1990s as it became apparent that we were no longer tied to specific buildings and personal workstations. As we approached […]

  • Ten workplace trends that will shape office design in 2015

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Paul Goodchild

    The year 2015 is approaching rapidly. Here at Fresh Workspace, we are looking forward to it, sure in our belief that if you want to know what’s going on in the world of work, you should first take a look at what is happening with workplace design and managment. Whatever happens to the organisation, the people […]

  • Greater choice of office flooring reflects sophisticated demands of occupiers

    Posted on December 3, 2014 by Charles Marks

    Buildings are judged in terms of their floorspace in more ways than you might think. When it comes to specifying office flooring, it’s not just a question of square metres, but also of identity, space definition, colour, finish and the environment. Like many aspects of the built environment, flooring manufacturers continue to innovate in terms […]

  • Modern facilities management thinking views offices as a strategic asset

    Posted on December 3, 2014 by Charles Marks

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    One of the enduring forces that shape facilities management thinking is the growing business case for treating buildings as a strategic asset. You may have heard it many times, but the figures behind this are indisputable. For most organisations the total operating cost of their property runs at between 10 and 20 per cent of […]

  • How office design can help elephants and smaller beasts to dance

    Posted on December 3, 2014 by Charles Marks

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    The challenge for most large organisations nowadays is often likened to being something akin to making an elephant dance. This metaphor has become a bit of a cliché in its own right since the American businessman Louis Gerstner used it as the title of his memoir describing how he had turned round the fortunes of IBM in […]