LOOKBOOK THE RESIMERCIAL OFFICE
THE EVOLUTION OF THE OFFICE
The history and evolution of the modern office is a long one. In the 1960s, the drive to encourage social interaction at work led to open spaces that did not allow for privacy. It then began the use of cubicles, but those weren’t very effective either because while it gave employees privacy, the cloistered walls only served to isolate them. Fast forward to the present and the same age-old battle of reconciling office collaboration, individual work, and work/life balance continues but with new solutions — and rightly so. Today, our work culture has never been more different, nor demanding, than previous eras. It’s more stressful and more competitive than ever. People have longer and more grueling working hours while spending their time at a place where they need to have an “always on” mentality. So it’s no surprise why the lines between work and home have been blurred, and there’s a popular growing need to bring the comforts of home into the workplace.
MEET AND EAT
Informal conference tables that double as dining tables are perfect for trendy office kitchens.
THE RISE OF RESIMERCIAL
For many, work is no longer a rigid category separate from home, and modern technology serves to blur those lines even further. Innovations like smartphones, cloud service, video conferencing, and other technological advances allow people to work on the go no matter where they are. Naturally, elements of the home and the office have begun to merge together and is growing in popularity as can be seen in living room inspired office lounges, café-style meeting places, and fully equipped kitchens open to employees.
SIT BACK & RELAX
Soften the workplace with fun, colorful & creative pillows.
Collaboration is an integral part of the work culture and the Resimercial design places an emphasis on it by making the space warm, inviting and informal to optimize the sharing of ideas and interaction. The meaning of “Resimercial” is to combine residential and commercial components together to make a place where employees could be more comfortable and happy. The goal is recreate the workplace to inspire workers to be more creative and productive at the office. The Resimercial definition goes even further. According to Wayfair, the definition of resimercial is a furnishing style that brings the relaxed, homey feel of residential furniture into the workplace, popularized in the past recent years. It aims to make work a place where workers want to come in, instead of a place they have to go to.
Take for instance the Parma Table by ERG International (Image 12). It transforms a traditional, ordinary worksurface table-top by brightening it up with bold, vibrant legs. The end result is a more casual, more personalized, and definitely more approachable workspace that invites creativity and collaboration.
By having a softer approach to design & bringing residential elements in, the office can still be very much utilitarian. When designing a space, remember: form should always follow function; good design always serves its purpose; & clutter is the enemy of productivity – at work & at home.
DESIGNING WITH RESIMERCIAL FURNITURE
There are four things the Resimercial interior style needs to consider to be successful: changeability, quality, atmosphere, and collaboration.
Changeability is important because there is no certain “look” the layout needs to follow; comfort and character are the main aspects of this design, but what people consider comfortable is subjective. No two offices would ever look the same. Quality is a detail that was not brought up in residential furniture until people thought to combine the residential with the commercial. Residential furniture wasn’t originally meant for high levels of traffic and usage, so if one put a regular couch in the office, chances are that it would be worn much quicker than typical office furniture. But with the resimercial furniture trend on the rise, many suppliers such as OFS, Arcadia Contract, Allermuir and National Office Furniture are beginning to offer lines of residential-inspired furniture with commercial quality. Hence, Resimercial furniture.
Bringing furry feline friends & canine compadres to work can help reduce stress & improve office morale.
A COLLABORATIVE ATMOSPHERE
Atmosphere is crucial for the Resimercial office. While not a visibly noticeable thing, the very feel of a space is what can make or break this interior office style. The goal of the resimercial trend is to make people comfortable and less structured, and for that to happen there should be an emphasis on ambient features like lighting, decorative features, noise level, and temperature. Collaboration is the focus of the Resimercial office design. One common theme is that it was meant to provide spaces for interaction, exchange of ideas and boost productivity to bring the company together. National’s employee lounge below (Image 21) offers crisp and clean design details that keep the overall feel professional, but a familiar banquette style L-shape seating with integrated bar-height work surfaces and stools for creative get-togethers bring Resimercial elements that are never boring. So when planning your next layout, focus on Resimercial furniture that will facilitate interconnection.
Mix & match fun, modular seating for dynamic meet-ups or informal get-togethers.
Sometimes the most difficult part about the Resimercial office design is finding the balance between residential and commercial. What makes the space too homey? What makes it too sterile? There aren’t iron clad rules to follow with this interior style; the main point is to bring comforts of the home into the workplace. The surroundings themselves doesn’t determine the matter for this trend; it aims to do the same as all new design movements: break the mold of traditional cubicles and office setups and promote wide, open spaces that let in natural light. There are usually white or plain walls so that it is easier to match different pieces of furniture, decoration and accessories together. Neither is there any color scheme to adhere to because what matters most is the atmosphere and the combination of colors, patterns, textures, and layout used to achieve that.
Brighten up the workspace with greenery to promote staff wellness & productivity.
TEXTILES & TEXTURES
Rich textiles & plush textures offer the tactile comforts of home to the office.
CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
A ROOM WITHIN A ROOM
Create comfortable, solitary spaces for groups or individuals to work in privacy & quiet
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A HOME WITHIN THE OFFICE
All throughout history, the things that motivate people are constantly changing. In the late 1960s, workers experienced a need for solitude that led to isolation. After that, the open plan exposed a lack of privacy. By blurring the lines between home and the office, private and collaborative, the Resimercial interior style gives people a way to change their work environment into one that provides comfort and informality. Without a doubt, the Resimercial design is a product of our own human desires to humanize the workplace
MAKE IT FUN
Bring some of that colorful, vibrant fun at home into the office.