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Modern office design

Setting up today’s office, either at your home or business,  means much more than selecting a desk and chair.

Corporate interiors. No 8
[edited by] Roger Yee.
New York : Visual Reference Publications, c2007.
Includes index.
     
Radical office design
Jeremy Myerson and Philip Ross.
New York : Abbeville Press, 2006.
"Traditional office work, characterized by repetitive clerical tasks, is rapidly giving way to "knowledge work," characterized by the creative application and exchange of information. In response, architects around the world are leaving aside the old cubicle grid to design imaginative, high-tech offices that foster knowledge work and, at the same time, help workers balance the competing demands of colleagues, customers, and family. The forty-three workplaces profiled in this volume have all been completed within the last six years and serve a wide variety of organizations, both private and public, small and large. Examples range from the headquarters of an advertising firm where one enormous table seats all two hundred employees, facilitating communication, to a BMW plant where the factory production line runs through and above the administrative offices, unifying the corporate community." "The authors distinguish the primary trends in contemporary office design by dividing their written case studies among four chapters, each dedicated to a particular type of workplace. "Academies" encourage the sharing of knowledge within a corporate structure; "Guilds" allow the members of a profession to interact as peers; "Agoras" bring the workplace closer to the marketplace and to civic life; and "Lodges" combine the home and the office. Two hundred color photographs and fifty architectural drawings show how the featured architects have configured public areas, meeting rooms, and private work spaces to meet the needs of today's increasingly versatile and mobile workers. The inclusion of an informative introduction, which outlines the economic and technological factors driving the rapid evolution of contemporary workplace architecture, further ensures that this attractive book will be an essential reference for everybody who has a hand in designing offices, and a thought-provoking read for everybody who works in one."--BOOK JACKET.
     
Offices designsource
Ana G. Cańizares.
New York, NY : Harper Design, 2004.
Work must be a breeze in such snazzy, streamlined and efficient office spaces. Canizares presents a selection of offices and corporate buildings with flexible and dynamic floor plans that can be adapted to multiple purposes. The book offers page after page illustrating ways that technological advances have been applied to functional solutions and that colors and materials have been used to liberate employees from oppressive grey cubicles. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
Pottery Barn workspaces
text, Martha Fay ; photography, Mark Lund ; styling, Michael Walters ; executive editor, Clay Ide.
Menlo Park, CA : Oxmoor House : Distributed by Sunset Books, c2004.
Whether you enjoy the luxury of working from home or just need a place to keep track of a busy household, a well-designed workroom keeps you organized and inspired. Pottery Barn Workspaces is filled with ideas and advice for creating a casual, comfortable space that's perfectly suited to your personal working style. If you're refreshing your current workspace -- or even starting from scratch -- Pottery Barn Workspaces is filled with easily achievable ideas. Learn quick-change techniques and decorating tips for dualpurpose workrooms, such as kitchen and bedroom offices. Give your home office a fresh look and multiply your storage options by borrowing design ideas from other rooms. Discover how to create portable desks, how to tuck a workspace into a stairwell, and how to make an ordinary wall into a personalized pinboard. From high-tech professional home offices to cozy corners for bill-paying, each space in this book was chosen to provide you with a wealth of options for making your home office more comfortable, stylish, and useful. In homes across America, Pottery Barn's signature blend of comfort and style has made us a trusted source of design inspiration. In Pottery Barn Workspaces, we've gathered our favorite decorating secrets to help you create the perfect workspace for you and your family. This book is a collection of favorite solutions from our own homes, along with new ideas we couldn't wait to show you. In these pages you'll find well-designed workrooms and project spaces of all kinds, along with quick-reference color palettes and materials guides that make it easy to apply the decorating ideas to your own home. Book jacket.
     
Office design sourcebook : solutions for dynamic workspaces
[Justin Henderson and Vernon Mays.]
Gloucester, Mass. : Rockport, c2003.
As a result of the recent and dramatic changes in the world of business, the traditional workspace is no longer recognizable. Office space designers have been forced to evolve their designs to meet the demands of new technologies, new management and operational manifestos, and new job descriptions, as well as the new expectations of the twenty-first-century employee.
     
Design as an understanding of the business environment : the Switzer Group
[Peter Slatin].
New York, N.Y. : Edizioni Press, c2001.
This volume present extensive visual documentation and explanatory text for 19 projects, which conceive of the business environment in new and innovative terms.
     

Today’s office, like the employees it serves, must be productive and efficient. It must strive to encourage communication and facilitate use of technology.

Unlike yesterday's office that was defined by walls and windows, today’s office is more likely to be a large open area with connected spaces for employees at all levels within the organization. In this office, employees can easily meet with each other, share ideas, and get answers. The intended result is increased productivity and higher employee morale.

Flexibility is the key with many office design companies.  They offer modular concepts that enable an organization to change work spaces as its needs change. These design companies are likely to include more than a floor plan  in their proposals. In addition to the design itself, furniture, movable walls, lighting, colors—even help with heating, cooling, and computer wiring often are included in the proposal’s pricing.

The contents of these new workspaces are also changing. More effort is being paid to assure that furniture is ergonomically designed, materials are sturdy, and technology is integrated to meet today's and tomorrow's needs.  Another current trend is the popularity of recommending materials and techniques that promote environmentally responsible workspaces, called green offices.

Today’s office designers are creatively meeting the need for profitable, efficient, inviting and healthy places to work.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff