The modern office has become increasingly self-aware as to how workplace design affects its company culture. Informal locations that allow employees to relax, collaborate and work independently, also known as corporate “third spaces,” are being incorporated into offices around the globe, harnessing their bountiful organizational and individual benefits. But who says these third spaces are limited to the indoors? Businesses are now electing to utilize their exterior square footage and reconnect their workforce to nature. If executed properly, an outdoor space can add a unique dimension to any office and lend a positive hand in employee health and wellness. Workers can choose to take their work outside or simply get a breath of fresh air and recharge. Regardless of how this exterior space is utilized, offering flexibility to your staff will increase productivity, enhance innovative potential and aid in the attraction and retention of talented workforce. Let’s explore furniture elements and strategic tools that can spark your imagination and guide you in creating a beautiful, efficient outdoor space.
Image Source: Office Snapshots, Etsy Offices in New York, NY
Tables & Seating
Expanding your office into the great outdoors can be as simple as incorporating a handful of table and seating options. Whether gathered around amenity vignettes or providing a touch-down point for employees to collaborate with coworkers, these elements can prove extremely versatile. Magnuson Group’s contemporary line of outdoor tables, chairs and stools comes in an assortment of designs, colors and heights, boasting stacking capabilities and simple care and maintenance. Allermuir’s award-winning Axyl collection of arm chairs, stools and tables features a plastic shell that allows it to be a functional resource indoors or outdoors. JSI offers a handful of indoor-outdoor seating collections, including the Pier which offers a contoured seat and a stackable frame. For those organizations that choose to integrate power into their exterior space, Landscape Forms’ GO Outdoor Table is powerful tool that keeps people connected while they enjoy a healthy dose of mother nature. Grand Rapids Chair Company’s Opla line of chairs, barstools and tables features a simple steel construction that makes it an easy fit for any outdoor space.
Similar to a popular coffee house or hotel lobby, a third space should be warm, welcoming and comfortable. That aesthetic holds true for outdoor spaces as well. Lounge seating provides workers with an inviting ambiance that offers freedom and flexibility for a multitude of uses. The Davis® Ginkgo Wire indoor-outdoor collection features sculptural steel rod construction in a variety of colors. The Ginkgo Wire Lounge is available with removable seat pads or both seat and back pads. Hauser offers a vast array of comfortably cushioned patio rockers, club and lounge chairs with coinciding ottomans, loveseats and sofas. Upholstered in a rainbow of fabrics and finishes, you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Woodard™ also provides aluminum, iron and woven frame lounge pieces for hospitality settings. Check out their wide selection of offerings here. For exterior spaces in healthcare environments, Kwalu has a handful of lounge chairs that feature Kwik Dry cushion construction with utmost comfort.
From pillows to bike racks, planters to fire pits, your outdoor space can be tailored to enhance the experience of those who utilize it. In addition to Forms+Surfaces’ extensive chair and table offering, the manufacturer also offers a variety of accessories, including sunshades, planters and a variety of lighting options. Landscape Forms also has solutions for all of your outdoor accessory needs. Bike racks, path and area lighting, litter receptacles and a plethora of sunshades provide both durability and convenience. Incorporating even the smallest strategic elements can help create a more comfortable atmosphere for workers, allowing them to recharge and return to work revitalized.
Image Source: Office Snapshots, Akerman LLP Offices in Los Angeles, CA
Strategically developed outdoor spaces provide employees with the opportunity to step away from their desks and reap the abundant benefits of mother nature. Whether you choose to incorporate small hospitality hubs or simple seating vignettes, enriching your square footage with solutions like these activates the potential of your outdoor space and your talented workforce. Contact the CDI team for further information, pricing and thought starters.
Image Source: Office Snapshots, Ruffer LLP Offices in London
Corporate Design Interiors (CDI) is an industry-leading commercial furniture dealership whose award-winning product knowledge, thoughtful design coupled with strategic planning deliver functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement. CDI’s relentless focus on delivering positive workplaces mirroring the culture and vision of companies while delivering a high value investment has earned CDI diverse clients including; established Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits/public sector and energetic startups.
As a “Select” Kimball dealer, CDI’s excellence in sales, partnership, quality improvement, community involvement and overall business best practices earned it the 2017 Kimball Premier Partner Award. CDI was selected among 52 other Kimball Select dealerships throughout the country for this industry-leading honor, earning additional praise for its company culture and enterprise practices.
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