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Workspace Trends & Minimalism

Minimalism has become a widely popular lifestyle trend and now a go-to interior style for office designers in Cape Town. If you’re under the impression that it is merely ridding yourself of all your possessions to become ‘zen’, you’re wrong. This interior design trend emphasises the functionality of space by getting rid of everything that distracts you.

There are many benefits to embracing minimalism in a workspace. Improving the productivity of employees and the overall workplace culture can all be achieved by ‘making some space’. Don’t just think of it as a process that reduces but one that maximises what is essential to making a workspace functional.

De-Cluttering the Workspace

The first step you have to take to achieve a new minimal aesthetic is getting rid of unnecessary things. Is that old shelf filled with books that none of the employees read necessary? We doubt it. Find things that are no longer serving a purpose in the office and if it’s taking up space, well then that’s all the reason you’d need.

Having a disposal plan also makes it easier to get rid of clutter. If your client has the desire to get rid of things but has not, it’s probably because they don’t know where to put them. Whether it’s recycling or selling stuff on Gumtree, make sure you inform your client on where to dispose of clutter or else it will never leave them.

Making Space in the Office

With minimalism, you must take on the notion that ‘less is more’. You’ll find physical space is emphasised when there are fewer items in a particular environment. Consider the positioning of furniture in the communal office spaces and rearranging them to make the best of what the office offers. People feel calmer in spaces where they can move freely, and this precisely the effect you want the office environment to have over its employees.

You’ll be surprised by what rearranging furniture can do to space. Assure your client that they do not have to spend a fortune to become a minimalist. They’ll be delighted to know it’s quite the opposite. Cut costs by working with what the client already has and make the necessary changes to create space. If they have desks scattered all over the office, consider bringing them together to create one functional working space.

Choosing Wood for the Design

If the client does plan on spending some cash on ‘minimalising’ the office space, suggest investing in wooden furniture. Wood creates a rich and natural feel in any space and will complement your greenery. Try introducing elements of nature and bringing ‘the outside in’ by adding bits and pieces of wooden items to the office.

Wood is a design element that complements any style. However, interior designers are using it as a core element for executing minimalism. Because wood contains natural and organic properties, its use in minimalistic design resonates with the ‘beauty in simplicity’ principle. You’ll want to go for light wood as it reflects natural light and will, therefore, emphasise space.

Spreading the Word

We assume the most significant reason anyone wants to improve their office environment is for the wellness of their employees. With minimalism having roots in Japanese Zen culture and Greek philosophy, it is the perfect way to introduce tranquillity into the workplace. The interior design of an office also dramatically contributes to the formation of workplace culture.

Creating a tranquil work environment will help motivate employees to stay productive. Encourage the client to remind employees to keep their workspaces and communal spaces tidy and only to have essentials on their desks. Your job is to get rid of all distractions in the office while still providing what is needed to make it fully functional.

Keeping it Simple

So by now, we hope you understand that minimalism doesn’t mean you have to have a single desk and chair in each room. Minimalism is about comfort and convenience. When choosing furniture items focus on simple elements with clean, fine lines and most importantly-frill-free. Minimalism is all about keeping it simple and getting the most out of ‘the least’.

Clean, sleek furniture is often not about comfort, but rather sophistication. Well, when you choose the right furniture its possible to have both. You should, however, prioritise comfort where the office needs it most. Communal resting or lunch areas must provide tranquillity for employees to recharge. Style these areas with comfy couches, a splash of greenery and white-wood tables.

The corporate world has been taken over by minimalistic design and with good reason. Considering the pace of office environments, creating a space that stylish yet practical ultimately makes for good business. Minimalism in the workspace encourages the use of necessities as ‘decoration’. Keep in mind; minimalism is embracing the simplicity of the elements that already exist in a particular space. De-clutter, move a few desks around, open up the blinds, and you’re already halfway there.

Check out our space planning guidelines for more information. Alternatively, contact our team of Office Designers in Cape Town today.