People are constantly looking for inspiration when it comes to designing their new office. Google sort of set the scene for that, creating an office that is more of a play environment than a working environment. Google’s reasoning is that a place in which people can have fun is a place where people can also be productive. Google employees are trusted to actually perform their job and only use the relaxation facilities to improve their overall productivity. This is a strategy that seems to be working, as Google is now one of the largest companies in the world.
But it isn’t all about fun for everybody. Commercial interior design companies like Apex Office are noticing that some people don’t like the frivolous, opting instead for the luxurious. And there is something to be said for that as well. People like luxury, because it makes them feel wealthy and superior to some degree. And there is plenty of inspiration to be found for luxury offices as well. While not all businesses will be able to invest the millions required to achieve the features of the office below, most businesses will be able to at least be inspired by it.
The Most Opulent Office in Britain
When you first enter the most luxurious office in Britain, you may believe that you have entered a room in a five star hotel. The bathroom suites are gold and the interior is clad in Armani. The office can be found in Mayfair, London and it has designed not solely to show off wealth. Rather, it has been designed to create a sense of being within a super-prime home and not in just any old office. This, in turn, is believed to increase overall productivity.
The commercial building truly is nothing short of jaw dropping. The style is Art Deco overall. The flooring is Statuario Michelangelo marble. The staircase is gold (plated) and the executive washrooms are Armani style and also gold (plated). The office flooring is made out of wood that was shipped out of a monastery in Tuscany that was built in the 16th century.
The refurbishment cost a whopping £4 million, and that is with plated rather than real gold. The same building holds La Petite Maison, a celebrity restaurant, which is also known for its opulence. In fact, the interior designers have stated that the design of La Petite Maison were the inspiration behind the office interior as well.
To further increase employee satisfaction, the business has also struck a deal with the restaurant: anyone who leases a workspace in the building is able to receive in-office dining. This means that employees could treat themselves to a three course meal or a snack with a glass of champagne on the side. All they need to do is call down to the restaurant, and their food will be delivered straight away.
The designers felt that offices should be as good as, if not better, than homes. People who live in Mayfair spend between £5 million and £100 million just to purchase their homes. The cost to actually fit the property out is in the hundreds for every square feet of property. Yet, these very same people seem perfectly satisfied with working in an office that has absolutely no quality or luxury. Considering people spend 33% of their life at work, it is actually ridiculous that they would have to spend it in a place that is not even comfortable compared to their home environment.
For interior designers, the future is luxurious.