19 Modern Offices We’d Call Home: 4 Tips to Design a Modern Work Space Like These

Modern office designs are focusing on elements that make employees feel at home. As companies compete to attract and retain top talent, architects and interior designers are constantly redefining the modern office; from Herman Miller’s invention of the cubicle, to open plan co-working spaces, and now the “resimercial” movement.  The residential-meets-commercial concept comes from mix-use functional buildings: for example, having retail on the bottom floor and apartments up top. Now, interior designers are bringing this feeling into individual rooms and whole office spaces. In-the-know office designers come to Wescover to connect with local artists and designers to create these amazing spaces. They’ve been layering unique, locally-sourced decor into each room of a project. Which infuses the company’s brand and personality into their daily environment.  Here are some of our favorite ways this trend is taking shape and how you can bring a cool, curated vibe to your office too:

1. Your Statement Piece

Your space should reflect your brand and help company culture blossom. Investing in a statement piece for your office will make your space stand out and become instantly more exciting for visitors, clients, and new hires. This can be a custom, brand-consistent statement piece or any work of art that fills the space. To make a statement, go for an original or custom piece of artwork or design! Create custom signage, ave a mural painted, or commission a fiber artist to make a massive wallhanging! 

Bumble Headquarters by Mark Odom Studio in Austin, TX, as seen on Wescover.
Bumble Headquarters by Mark Odom Studio in Austin, TX, as seen on Wescover.  “Make sure to give a huge shoutout to the Bumble office in Austin TX. The interior design (done by Mark Odom Studio) not only has a huge neon sign as a statement piece, but the whole office also reinforces the brand message and imagery.“— Renee, Wescover

Keep art alive and spice up your space! 

Anamorphic Portal by Katy Ann Gilmore in Facebook, Playa Vista, CA as seen on Wescover.
Anamorphic Portal by Katy Ann Gilmore in Facebook, Playa Vista, CA as seen on Wescover.
Smile! Photobooth inside this dental office with awesome designs! Lydian Photo Booth Furniture by Glass Coat Photo Booth in Lydian Dental, Queen Creek
Dentist office design includes this custom photo booth by Glass Coat Photo Booth in Lydian Dental, Queen Creek Arizona.

 

 

Dropbox Seattle Mural by Heather Day at Dropbox Seattle as seen on Wescover.
Dropbox Seattle Mural by Heather Day at Dropbox Seattle as seen on Wescover.
Radio Flyer red wagon HQ! Murals by Anthony Lewellen in their Chicago offices.
Radio Flyer red wagon HQ! Murals by Anthony Lewellen in their Chicago offices.

2. Design for Comfort & Culture   

Collaboration is the new cubicle— but we aren’t suggesting you go full open-plan. Everyone still needs some solitude to get things done but a few designated areas or fun objects can welcome the meaningful informal dialogue that leads to better collaborations. A few key elements we keep seeing are minimalist individual workspaces, moveable soft group seating, conversation-starting (but not overpowering) wall decor, and coffee access. Comfortable and functional furniture is a must when you want to provide your employees with collaborative spaces that inspire conversation and innovation. Here are more clever designs that incorporate unique objects to achieve a more collaborative workspace remodel.

LUA + SOL, Culver City, CA. Two Eric Trine Chairs in the lobby of a creative office space. Interior by Verdego Design, LLC.
LUA + SOL, Culver City, CA. Two Eric Trine Chairs in the lobby of a creative office space. Interior by Verdego Design, LLC.

R.I.P cubicle… you won’t be missed.

Bride’s Veil Bar Stool by Phase Design by Reza Feiz in the Uber, HQ in San Francisco CA as seen on Wescover
Bride’s Veil Bar Stool by Phase Design by Reza Feiz in the Uber, HQ in San Francisco CA.
Yellow chairs in the Supplyframe DesignLab, designed by Corey Grosser of Cory Grosser + Associates, as seen on Wescover
Yellow chairs in the Supplyframe DesignLab, designed by Corey Grosser of Cory Grosser + Associates.
The Lucy Chair by Bend Goods in Fullscreen's Playa Vista office as seen on Wescover
The Lucy Chair by Bend Goods in Fullscreen’s Playa Vista office as seen on Wescover
Dana Pendant Lights by Luis A. Arrivillaga in Souda Brooklyn Office, Brooklyn, NY.
Dana Pendant Lights by Luis A. Arrivillaga in Souda Brooklyn Office, Brooklyn, NY.

3. Update The Classic Breakroom

Break rooms used to feel like an afterthought: a quarter operated coffee machine, a few magazines and leftover chairs. Showing that you care about employees wellness, not just output, should be top of mind when you’re designing your office. Designating an area to unwind can be an effective way to increase productivity in designated ‘work’ spaces. When deciding on the right activity, consider your square footage, brand, and employee’s lifestyle. An unused room can become a zen meditation space or boisterous game zone. Keeping your workspace looking nice is important for morale and productivity, but giving your employees a space specifically designed for break-time is also vital for keeping the office vibe from feeling stuffy and unnecessarily draining.

Allison Kunath Mural on the 12th floor of WeWork Downtown LA.webp

Breakrooms aren’t for cheap coffee and awkward small talk anymore.

Etsy DUMBO office break area, Brooklyn, NY
Etsy DUMBO office break area, Brooklyn, NY
Cruz Facet Stool with Custom Tables by Goebel & Co. Furniture, in the BHIVE, as seen on Wescover
Cruz Facet Stool with Custom Tables by Goebel & Co. Furniture, in the BHIVE, as seen on Wescover

4. Design for a First Impression  

The first step into your office is an often overlooked opportunity to make a stunning first impression. Whether it’s a small entryway or grand foyer, this an impactful place to put something custom: a neon sign with the company name, hand-painted mural across the wall, or a glowing, sleek chandelier. Resimercial is all about bringing these elements in to add personality and a welcoming vibe to the space. When a big client or prospective intern comes to your office for the first time, a piece of art can subtly set the tone for your meeting and even become a talking point to break the ice.

These offices make first impressions that speak both to their brand and their innovative company culture. Whether it’s a new take on a company sign, a visually complex front desk, or an abstract mural, your office entryway sets the tone for the rest of the office.

Radial desk furniture by Ken Kalman in The Panoramic, San Francisco, CA
Radial desk furniture by Ken Kalman in The Panoramic, San Francisco, CA.
Parametric Desk by Robert Sukrachand in Etsy DUMBO in Brooklyn, NY as seen on Wescover
Parametric Desk by Robert Sukrachand in Etsy DUMBO in Brooklyn, NY as seen on Wescover.

A good entryway is the design equivalent of a firm handshake.

Shards III by Frank Stella in the LinkedIn San Francisco Office, as seen on Wescover.
Samsung by Samuel Rodriguez in the Samsung Semiconductor, San Jose, CA as seen on Wescover
Samsung by Samuel Rodriguez in the Samsung Semiconductor, San Jose, CA as seen on Wescover.
Dynamism mural by Nicole Mueller in the Salesforce Transit Center, San Francisco CA as seen on Wescover
Dynamism mural by Nicole Mueller in the Salesforce Transit Center, San Francisco CA as seen on Wescover
Brass Installation Art by Beth Naumann in Stripe, San Francisco, CA.
Even down to the entryway, the offices of Stripe are outstanding design gems! Look at that brass railing next to the hanging art— simple and gorgeous. Brass Installation Art by Beth Naumann in Stripe, San Francisco, CA.

Office spaces are the hotspot of collaboration and productivity in your company, and should be designed to inspire. Remodeling an office space is no easy task, but when it’s done right, it can absolutely transform your company morale and speak to your brand culture.

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