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Detected! Two New Exciting but Contrasting Office Décor Trends...

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on August 21, 2019 at 02:02 PM

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Office interiors seem to be done to death, what with the demand for quick set ups resulting in agile working systems of setting up office infrastructure being all the rage and pop coloured perk infused ‘trendy work spaces’ having become the rule rather than the exception thanks to the booming IT industry. It is rare, these days, to find workplace décor that surprises or excites. But, recent tours of the world wide web have revealed new-fangled gems in this area of interior design that seem to suggest that all is not lost. It is heartening to note that change is, indeed, a constant and creative individuals (read: designers) embrace that dictum like no one else does. So, here’s sharing two particularly eye-catching office interiors, both bold yet decidedly disparate themes.

Esquire Office, New Delhi, by Studio Bipolar

Although, at first appearance, the decor here seems to checkmark the same boxes of bright colours and perky accessories that qualify for the current regular fare, surprises around the corner will assuredly make your second look linger on. After all, the design reflects the American Men’s magazine brand’s image of being extremely sophisticated but in a quirky and whimsical sort of way. So, while one can see uber luxury and finesse in the décor by Studio Bipolar, it comes with its own generous dash of outlandishness. This office of Esquire in New Delhi is located in a commercial hub populated with diners, clubs and malls and also Esquire’s own nightclub which this office is meant to supervise. 

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Colour, of course, dominates every aspect of the interior from the stained glass geometric planes fitted into a bright blue grille screen to the entire body of the executive desk behind it made up of zesty green transparency. It is the unusual use of these colours of course that brings in the element of surprise. The slender members of the screen also include a double arched doorway that is barely there to the executive cabin. Meant to evoke the Art Deco era in which Esquire grew to popularity and came to symbolise, these slender blue metal arches continue along the entire length of the wall as an arcade. A wall-hung picture framed by each of these arches are lit up by a suspended cupola lamp each, the entire ensemble overlooking a long counter of workstations.

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The opposite wall reflects all this Art Deco finesse with a starkly diametrical metaphor in the bold zebra striped wall panel which curves in continuity on to the reception/ admin desk. The details such as floral upholstery for the corporate swivel chairs and the Art Deco chandelier are, again, pretty eclectic as a collection but work together to enhance the exclusivity of the assembly. So, there you have it – the entire visual of quirky sophistry laid out expertly by the designers injecting surprise san chaos.

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Self-Offices in Kiev, Ukraine, by Yakusha Design

This office design basically catches attention by its visuals which are quite diametrically opposite to the earlier one, and to most of the trending colourful ensembles for that matter. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ would be an apt literal description for this monochromatic scheme by Ukrainian firm Yakusha Design for their own offices in Kiev. The set up includes the firm’s own studio, an 80 seat lecture room for events and a showroom for the furniture line produced by principal designer and proprietor Victoriya Yakusha who visualised it as a collaborative space for her firm’s different ‘design minded’ individuals.

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‘Ya Vsesvit’, as the office is called, is Ukrainian for ‘I am the universe’ – it was conceived as a combining space of varied creative inspirations. This universe seems eager to provide as blank a slate as possible to enable its users’ creative energies to unleash at full potential – a cosmos of grey to black surfaces in varying degrees of raw and rough. Partitions of jet black bricks divide a space otherwise encompassed in rough grey clay plastered walls. These grey and black volumes have been furnished and accessorised with items from Faina, Yakusha’s own brand, consequently playing the role of a showroom for these.

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Trembita is a vase from Faina. Black, tall and tapering, it borrows from rustic Ukrainian craft traditions as it sits on the Yakusha office floor to gel in with the rest of the raw ensemble. Similarly sourced inspiration is credited with the design of the organically shaped, holey, dark grey Ztista chairs and a woven wicker Strikha lamp inspired by straw roofs of Ukrainian huts hanging over a work table, lighting up the massive bunch of dry golden foliage in a vase underneath. Seating couches covered in foil-like shiny upholstery add bling while still gelling with the grey toned ambience. An odd shaped mirror above a pure cylindrical washbasin, mottled grey surfaced desk credenzas and basic, industrial looking light fixtures – all add to the minimalistic flavour which accentuates the raw feel of the interior.

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All in all, whether it is the jelly pop version of Art Deco at Esquire’s interiors by Studio Bipolar or the limitlessness of the creative universe captured in Yakusha Design’s Kiev offices, the décor is totally off the beaten track with regard to even new age offices. A sure sign, indeed, of the limitless range of décor itself that is meant to keep rolling on.

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