Today’s modern offices need to adapt to the modern work style. With workers more involved in collaboration, flextime, and remotely,…offices require designs that are unique to each corporate culture, while still allowing for what the future may bring. In my opinion, the main two design elements to always strive to maximize, is 1) space and 2) light. Each element influences the other in perception. If a space is designed with optimal working light, it feels more spacious and roomy. If a space is designed well to maximize its space, light flows more easily within it. For our part, glass can be an important part of office design. Here are just a few ways we’ve seen glass used for smart office designs.
1) Cabinetry – Regardless of the business, there’s always paperwork that needs to be stored away. Sales collateral, client files, samples and catalogs are greatly reduced thanks to the online world, but never going away completely. Using backpainted glass or acid etched glass are good ways to keep them hidden from view but still at top of mind.
Acid etched glass cabinet
2) Office Dividers – For all the romanticism of open plan workspaces, some people actually work better with some amount of privacy. Glass office dividers offer light transmission and privacy without feeling closed off from the rest of the group.
Etched Glass Office Divider
3) Branded Signage – Glass sparkles and dazzles. Nothing is more professional presentation of your brand than in glass.
Healthclub Signage using backpainted glass
4) Desktops – Nothing brings an office together more than color, and a desktop surface made of glass is practical and can be that final element that turns a drab workspace into a glad workspace.
Desktop of Dreamwalls Backpainted Glass
5) Markerboards – Magnetized or not, these boards are non staining and even permanent markers can be cleaned off. So your top secret project can stay up for weeks or even months, and come off clean when the project is done.
Dreamwalls Color Glass Markerboard
6) Breakrooms – Backsplashes and countertops of glass are easy to keep clean and are non-staining. They’re perfect for the breakrooms where commaraderie and celebrations end up happening,….and cleanup needs to be simple.
Dreamwalls Color Glass used in breakroom
7) Reception Desks - regardless of the public served, the lobby desk needs to be easy to clean and keep clean, while adding a pop of color. Backpainted glass is a fantastic way to accomplish that. In our lobby, we use “Linen”,…but it can be custom matched to any color specification very easily to be a part of the company brand.
Backpainted Glass Reception Area
Have I left any out? How have you used glass creatively in office design? We’re remodeling our lobby currently, so I’m all ears!