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There’s no place like home: exploring the concept of ‘resimercial’ design

Work is a major part of our lives, so it’s only normal for people to crave having the comforts of home in the workplace. We sit down with Forbo Flooring Systems’ Ellen Reith to explore the concept of ‘resimercial’ design.

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17/08/2021 3 min read

These days, the modern workforce seeks comfortable, inspiring, and functional spaces that will allow them to work at their best – and as a result, forward-thinking companies are increasingly developing offices with a residential sensibility in mind. While the idea of ‘resimercial design’ is nothing new, during the pandemic we’ve seen millions of people adapt to home working – changing the professional landscape for good. Office environments, now more than ever, need to be somewhere that employees actually want to work.

Bringing residential elements into the commercial environment to create homely and warmer spaces, resimercial design has been embraced by many companies including the major giants of the corporate world: Microsoft, Google and Amazon. This is dictated by the type of spaces created, as well as the look and feel of those areas, where the aim is to reduce stress and improve productivity by making employees feel more comfortable and allowing them to work in a way that best suits them. But how can this be achieved?

Firstly, the use of materials and finishes can be brought in to create a sense of home, such as natural wood or tactile textures. Luxury vinyl tiles offer the ability to achieve a beautiful wood or stone aesthetic, without the associated cost or complexity.

Creating spaces that replicate areas found in the home is also key to a successful resimercial design – including break out areas that evoke a typical kitchen setting for informal gatherings, and ‘living room’ areas, where colleagues can work, collaborate or meet socially, bringing the comfort of home into the workplace using comfortable sofa seating, softer ambient lighting and carpeted floors.

Carpet tiles are synonymous with office buildings as their modular format provides greater flexibility for design, installation and even replacement. Not only do they provide comfort underfoot, but they can also reduce impact sound and improve acoustics within the space, making them ideal for collaborative meeting spaces and quiet working zones. With the wide range of options available on the market, there is a solution for every office interior, whether you’re looking for contemporary or classic styles, patterns or plains, a feeling of luxury or perhaps a minimalist and timeless feel.

The Tessera Perspective carpet tile collection is ideal for creating a comfortable, homely, blended space. The cut and loop 670 gsm pile creates a luxuriously opulent texture and real underfoot comfort. Available in eight neutral tones, which are complemented by six rich, decadent accent colours, each colour tone combines two yarn colours, creating a modern, softly striated design. Perspective can also be easily combined with Allura Flex LVT using the same tackifier and Allura Ease adhesive free flooring without the need for transition strips or inconvenient subfloor build up.

As the world of workplace design continues to change and adapt and we transition into a world of hybrid working (new to many), employees demand an office environment that helps to increase productivity, create inspiration and improve wellbeing. By combining elements of home living, resimercial designs can provide the optimum level of comfort and functionality to ensure a happier workplace.

For more information about Tessera Perspective visit forbo-flooring.co.uk or discover Forbo’s full office portfolio for creating a blended workspace at forbo-flooring.co.uk/office

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