A roundup of London’s best coworking spaces

  Premium location, designer furniture, hip eateries… London’s coworking scene has set the bar high. Makerversityat Somerset House London – coworking spaces for professional makers As the concept of office-sharing continues to thrive, coworking spaces in London are becoming ubiquitous. Stiff competition often leads to innovation with offices striving to stand out from a busy crowd by offering

Wallpaper Games – transform the common areas of your office

  Have you ever sat in a room, trying to fight boredom? Your clients probably have too. Design can fix boredom. This is the premise behind Wallpaper Games – an ingenious concept that promises to change the way we see the wallpaper. Forget aesthetics, geometric patterns and colour combinations. Instead, choose a partner and play

Acoustic panels for the office – a selection to inspire

  How can you soundproof your office in style? With the proliferation of open plan offices, acoustic management is quickly becoming an absolute necessity for offices, and a sweet opportunity to shine for the acoustics market. In the field of sound absorption, the workplace industry is spoilt for choice with acoustic solutions, be it panels,

The secret acoustic benefits of plants at the office

  Acoustic insulation in the form of lush green walls is a sound approach every landlord should consider. Phone chatter, obnoxiously loud conversations in adjacent cubicles (we’ve all been there,) printers, photocopiers, HVAC systems… all distract and make employees less efficient. There are several ways to remedy noise levels in the workplace – sound absorption and sound masking are increasingly

Office reception desk by Ron Arad

Can hotel lobbies inspire better office receptions?

  What happens when you walk into a hotel lobby, an office reception, or any space for the first time? We’ve all been taught never to judge a book by its cover. But let’s face it, we can’t help but jump to conclusions. Try as we may to rationalise and give someone the benefit of

Republic interviews Anna Rewinska from A:R

  Anna Rewinska is a London based creative whose work is an interpretation of the energy and texture enclosed in music. Since a very young age, Anna Rewinska has been interested in painting and drawing. She pursued this passion independently and through artistic education in both Poland and the UK at the London College of

Calling all landlords –  6 ways to improve your office reception

The office reception is the first space potential tenants will discover when they visit your space. If you want to make a good first impression (hint: you should), there are several ways to make the reception area as attractive and leasable as possible. Here are six ways you can improve, thus make your office reception

How can a detail oriented waiting area transform your office reception?

  A reception space with a neglected waiting area is as ineffective as it is senseless. By definition, a reception area is designed to receive, be it clients, business partners, prospects or visitors, it is the gate to your office and the reflection of your business. Now, let’s imagine you enter a spacious reception area with

Tenants want cycle provision at work. Are landlords listening?

  When will developers jump on the bandwagon and embrace a cycle-centric approach to office development? With its cycle superhighways, Crossrail for Bikes and Cycle to Work schemes, London wants — and seems to be trying hard — to become the next Copenhagen. Following a trend that is far from confined to Europe (New York

coworking space with a hygge vibe

Hygge at work – it starts with the landlord!

  Somewhere between cosy and sustainable, hygge at work can be fostered by office landlords as early in the process as a Cat A fit out. What is hygge? For all we know, you may have lived in a cave for the past year and missed out on the ‘hygge’ craze. That’s okay, welcome to

‘Workplace Wellbeing Special’ – 10 steps for a happy office in 2019

  Wellbeing is becoming a buzzword in the workplace industry, and with reason – it is an essential component of the modern office and a real focus point for most businesses in 2019! The workplace is not always a well-oiled machine, but studies have shown a clear correlation between wellbeing in the workplace and increased

in-office bike storage facilities

Cycling facilities at work: 5 factors to consider

  Cycling facilities at work are becoming increasingly necessary. Here are 5 factors to help landlords and developers cater for a sustainable, profitable future. Together with company culture, office standards are changing, and with incentives like the Cycle To Work Scheme in place, tenants are now turning to office landlords and developers for cycle provision

Ljubljana chamber of commerce boasts biophilic design

What will the office of the future look like?

  From energy-saving to family-conscious, the office of the future will be greener, smarter, and undoubtedly more high-tech. Office design is changing fast. Designed to adapt to the workers’ needs, the office today wants to be open yet flexible. But what about tomorrow? What trends are bound to shape the office of the future? Hot-desking

Infographic: the evolution of office design

  From a linear office layout concerned with rank and manufacturing, to the human-centred workplace we know today, office design has evolved drastically in the past century. The office wasn’t always open-plan, nor was it always focused on collaboration and wellbeing. Heavily influenced by the manufacturing sector in the 1900s, office design has, indeed, jumped

Rockwell's unscripted furniture for Knoll

Unscripted: modular furniture for a smarter open-plan office

  Designed with the open-plan office in mind, Knoll’s Rockwell Unscripted Furniture is the epitome of modular furniture. Drawing inspiration from his background in theatre and set design, architect and designer David Rockwell recently created Unscripted furniture – a broad collection of modular furniture that promotes a community culture and activity-based working. Designed for US

apple park open-plan office

Rethinking the open-plan office – pros, cons, solutions

  Collaborative hive or disruptive arena? The open-plan office has long been at the heart of a heated debate. Strange as it may seem, there was a time when ‘open-plan’ wasn’t the norm. Although the first workspace to resemble an open-plan layout dates back to 1904, the open office as we know it truly boomed in

Eco-friendly carpet 101: the right choice for your office

  Landlords looking to up the value of their commercial properties should pay close attention to the green factor when choosing an eco-friendly carpet for their offices. ‘Eco-friendly’ is on everyone’s lips these days. Fierce competition among designers and manufacturers has placed carpet design in the forefront of sustainable flooring innovations. Whether it be area

Choosing your office flooring: 6 factors at play

  When it comes to office flooring, looking beyond the cost of your initial purchase can mean considerable savings in the long run. Comparing office flooring solutions for your business can sound like a chore, but weighing up the pros and cons is key in avoiding later headaches. Factors to consider vary from traffic, through maintenance,

What flooring is best for your office?

  Office flooring, like designer furniture and workplace innovations, is becoming an invaluable tool in the commercial landlord’s toolbox. In recent years, the floor has seen some of the most innovative materials and designs in creative workplaces. From warm to industrial, from sleek monochrome to bursting with colour, from stylish vinyl tiles to hipster concrete, office flooring has become