Nature has been an important inspiration in the contemporary design. Why?
Although most of us live in cities and spend more and more time in enclosed
areas, nature still plays an important role in our lives. Modern science does
confirm the words said by Hippocrates, the founder of medicine, that “natural
forces are the true healers of disease”, and the contact with nature is a
prerequisite for our physical and mental health. We often treat plants present in office interiors only as decorative
elements, however, their significance goes much beyond that. Nowadays, plants
are an integral element of arranging areas to work, study and cure. Thanks to
greenery, we are healthier and simply … happier.
Louis Lhoest, a Dutch expert, together with several Warsaw architects and media representatives met in Balma Showroom in Warsaw on 14 June to talk about the megatrends as well as the idea of Activity-Based Working and to see the latest concept of the brand. That event has proved that the new address on the map of the capital of Poland is not just a shop, but, instead, it is a perfect venue for business and creative meetings and a well-designed showroom and functional working space.
When we take a close look at modern offices, we will see how much attention is given to physical activity.Many pieces of furniture look much like the equipment of an office of sensory integration therapy, i.e. balls, swings, armchairs on wheels and rocking chairs. Ergonomic furniture is a core element, but employers encourage their employees to be active in a variety of ways. Tables with adjustable top height will be very useful during working or holding meetings in a standing position, for example, whereas stairs and long hallways force walking and green patios together with enclosed areas adjoining the office buildings invite to stroll in the open air. In many companies there are bicycle parking facilities, mini gyms or yoga and relaxation rooms. Health is one of the most important aspects of the latest trends in designing workplace.