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Office Space That Works

November 22, 2013 03:52 PM  

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The reception area gains warmth and drama from the wood ceiling and pop of color from the pendant lights above the oasis that is the sitting area. Note the glass walls in the background that allow light from exterior windows to filter through the private offices around the perifery of the floor-through space.

In a twist on the old saw “Are you working hard or hardly working?” a great corporate work space has to do a lot, but look as if it is hardly doing anything. Fusion Design Consultants, a Boston firm that specializes in corporate, retail, and hospitality interior architecture, clearly got the memo and followed through when it worked with a client on a 27,440 square-foot, full-floor-through office in downtown Boston. Fusion also won the 2013 Excellence in Design Award from the New England Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for its trouble.

The space is a worthy winner. The design is hip, in the smartest way. Today, office space has to be open but flexible. One minute, clients want a collaborative workspace environment; the next, they needs a private meeting room. Everywhere it must have integrated technology and practical, great-looking furniture and wall systems. But it is the strategically placed visual highlights such as vibrant red accent furniture and flooring that give the Fusion design a sophisticated, relaxed-yet-professional atmosphere.

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Glass walls and pivoting room dividers make the conference rooms both are flexible and handsome.

The design also had to include a reception area, a new board room, and a communal kitchen that can accommodate company-wide gatherings. Perimeter private offices and conference rooms play into the dual functionality of the overall plan with floor-to-ceiling glass coated with a contemporary custom film that allows natural light to penetrate the interior spaces and maintain the sense of openness. Natural materials such as the wood ceiling systems establish a warm atmosphere in the midst of a modern scheme. To top it all off, the project, which was completed in the February 2013, is awaiting LEED certification for its environmentally friendly ways. Nice work.

Great design is always at your fingertips — read the November/December 2013 issue online!

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About this blog

An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.

Gail Ravgiala is editor of Design New England and a fan of both the region's historic architecture and its growing inventory of modern houses and public buildings.

Courtney Kasianowicz is associate editor of Design New England who scouts the area for new design, charming products, and local artisans both innovative and daring.

Jill Connors, Design New England's editor-at-large, is an antiques maven and design scout and will post about trends and discoveries in the field.

Bruce Irving, Design New England's contributing editor for architecture & building, is a renovation specialist who will share his insights on design and construction.

Estelle Bond Guralnick, Design New England's style & interiors editor, will post about interior design and interior designers and her favorite finds.

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