On average, we spend 40 hours at work per week. That’s 2,400 minutes spent in one single environment during the course of our working week. So it’s about time that the word ‘wellness’ became synonymous with office design. Gone are the days of little natural light, lonely desks facing a wall and unexciting meeting rooms. In fact, we’re seeing more and more co-working spaces starting to embrace creativity and innovation through their design approach and ethos.
Leading the way are co-working offices Huckletree – great name, inspiring concept and the ‘humans of Huckletree’ are building a community of passionate workers who are genuinely happy to come into work everyday (seriously).
We met one such human last week. Andrew Lynch, the co-founder and COO of Huckletree, who offered to show us around their newly designed space in Shoreditch. The images speak for themselves – their creative hub was filled with character and charm, created specifically with wellbeing in mind.
As we sat under their neon sign which told us to ‘Stay Curious’, Andrew explained the concept. “We love bringing together talented, creative people in one building who are genuinely passionate about what they do. The space we created is multi-functioning – the breakout zones are great areas to catch-up with a colleague over a coffee, our library is an escape if you need a moment to yourself and we encourage sociability within the community through evening events, yoga classes and an outside space we always gravitate towards in the summer”.
And it seems leading members of the design world are echoing this sentiment. Emma Morley of interior design practice Trifle Creative says, “A well-designed space can increase happiness and this will increase productivity. Working environments that nurture, stimulate and inspire the people working in them is good for business.”
We left feeling happy, the Huckletree kind of happy, which only confirmed what we already knew – these guys are onto something. Whilst we’re not all lucky enough to work in a space as inviting and welcoming as Huckletree, we can make smaller changes to our work environment through the design and layout of an office. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together our statement office design pieces on the Layer marketplace, whether it’s for power working or power napping… there’s something here for everyone.
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