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Week of January 11th, 2021 – Office Innovations & Core Values

January 11, 2021

Week of January 11th, 2021 – Office Innovations & Core Values

Top 5 Design Posts of the Week

Happy New Year! Although already almost two weeks into 2021, we can’t stop celebrating the end of 2020. Of course, we had a lot to be thankful for this year and hope you did as well, whether it was finishing school during a pandemic, finally getting that new backsplash you’ve dreamed of while you’re stuck at home, or just simply making it this far – we applaud you.

At Architectural Ceramics, our business revolves around our 4 Core Values that we strive to maintain and uphold throughout the whole tile process – Character, Community, Innovation, and Results That Matter. While we battle with global closures and delays, factories and warehouses running at 50% productivity, and of course the global pandemic, we’ve made it our mission to keep providing the quality materials you know and love. Our Core Values remind us why we wake up each day and do what we love – because we’re providing essential needs to homeowners and businesses across the country and now more than ever, we’re here for you.

Dive into some design posts about what the typical “office” design looks like in the post-COVID world we’re adapting to. Again, Happy New Years from ours to yours, and remember to stay safe!

1. Home Office Trends in 2021

These Will Be the Biggest Home Office Trends in 2021, According to Designers, My Domaine

As the world is still adapting and overcoming challenges presented by the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home has become a new normal and companies across the globe are scaling back their office infrastructures as they divert to cutting costs and having their employees only come into a workplace when necessary. My Domaine brings us their home office trends, presented by designers themselves, and we must say having the creative freedom presented by having your own home-workspace certainly has been a big plus of working from home. Be on the lookout for comfortable seating options, bright colors, and plenty of lighting arrangements among many other trends. Check out the whole article and soak up some of their pictures for some great inspiration!

2. Home Office Decor Inspiratio

30 Cozy Home Office Décor Ideas, The Oprah Magazine

It can be a challenge to come up with a space you can be productive in and enjoy, and luckily there’s professionals who dedicate their lives to make sure your workplace is fun and functional. Coming from The Oprah Magazine, our third design post of the week offers 30 options for some cozy home office décor that’s sure to brighten your workspace! From simple tips like finding comfortable seating to some more insightful advice, such as how to incorporate some fun fir the kids, you’ll have all the bases covered with this article. Check it out in the link above and let us know your favorite suggestion in the comments bellow!

3. The Corporate Office Post-COVID

How to Ensure Employees Feel Safe In Their Post COVID-19 Office Space, Vicus Partners

While many have shifted (and stayed) into the work-from-home routine, the eventual opening of corporate buildings and office parks will no doubt be coming again in due time. We can expect to see changes in the traditional cubicle layout design, as the design world is shifting to an open-floorplan concept, as they’re easier to keep sanitized, and limit the number of surfaces humans can touch. Along with this, furniture that’s easy to sanitize and that offers minimal contact points will be implemented when possible, again to adhere to higher standards of sanitization and cleanliness. Check out some of the other changes you can expect to see in the future of office buildings in the link above and let us know if you think they offer the same level of comfort as your current workplace!

4. The "Anti Office"

A Look Into The Workplace Post-COVID-10: The ‘Anti Office’”, WorkDesign Magazine

Fisher-Paykel-Showroom anti-office

Our penultimate article for this week focuses on the continual rise of the “anti-office”, and how COVID has spurred it’s prominence to the forefront of office designs. In recent years, companies are doing away with cubicles and embracing open collaborative workplaces, and by created a more relaxed, yet energized atmosphere companies are able to seek out top talents and have them feel comfortable right away as they’re not whisked away to a desk and never seen again. This also provides more opportunities for sanitizing options which is a huge concern among employers and employees in today’s world. Check out the article for more awesome pictures and “anti-office” details!

5. Office Solutions in the Post-COVID World

26 Return-to-Workplace Solutions for the Post-Covid Office, Office Snapshots

Rounding out our top 5 designs of the week, let's take a look at some safety measures and COVID precautions offices have already begun to implement in their architecture and design. Shown above, Disco in Germany offers a wide variety of screened partitions, which even offer soundproofing options, and fit to most table and desk arrangements. Amenta Emma Architects, in Connecticut, has re-fitted their operations with striking glass walls which serve as protective barriers as well as a design inspiration. Check out the other 24 unique ways companies have implemented health and safety measures into their workspace in the link above!


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