A minimalist design is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. It requires making decisions based on what you need instead of what you want. At its core, minimalism is intentionally advocating the things we value the most while getting rid of everything else that distracts us from it. When applied to a workplace, minimalism means you declutter your work environment from the not so useful stuff and restructure your surroundings to support a clutter-free work life. This is especially true for modern offices that are space-crunched in the thick of the cities. Such offices are great candidates for minimalism as it can help them dejunk an overcrowded place. The idea is not just designing a clear, spacious & an aesthetic space but also improving employee focus and reducing material stress. The biggest objects that occupy any room are the furniture, so let us focus on simplifying a room by looking at the furniture.
1. Using Modular Office Furniture
The lesser the space occupied by furniture, the more the degree of minimalism. Modular furniture is a great way to do more with less. They enable businesses to have significantly more flexibility and versatility. Because modular office furniture is lightweight and easily disassembled/reassembled, it can be quickly be rearranged and reconfigured to suit different layouts. This not only saves space but also keeps a scope to create a new space whenever required. For instance, If your meeting room is consuming an unnecessary space for a once in a while tete-a-tete, think of the ‘Avail’ modular desks by HNI India. These smart desks act as work tables with partitions and can double up as a meeting table by removing the detachable partition screens. Also, using height adjustable table allows you to create more floor space whenever required while also providing a host of ergonomic benefits for the employee.
2. Use of collaborative furniture
Open office designs allow more people to fit into as much space as compared to the space occupied by dedicated desks, which minimizes your square footage requirements. Collaborative furniture allows for great brainstorming sessions and internal meetings and also helps in overcoming employee boredom. The ‘Meta Collaborative’‘Forum’ collection by HNI can seamlessly integrate with Meta Collaborative seating allows you to create informal comfortable social meeting points that foster effective communication and collaboration panel/desk-based systems, frequently transforming any workspaces into meeting zones. The meta furniture also comes equipped with power plug points that allows seamless connectivity to your system, so that you never lose on your work.
3. Uniformity of structures and pleasing colors
A prominent feature of minimalist designs, structure & color play a significant role in calming the senses. A minimalist office has the symmetry of designs and the subtlety of colors that make an employee feel relaxed. Wall colors that reflect off more light, are used heavily in this concept. They make space appear larger, more inhabitable and clutter-free. Also, wall paintings used should be large-sized in order to proclaim abundance. For furniture cushions, a simple thumb rule is that they should be as pattern free with muted shades. Explore a the ‘Ingage’ variety of minimalist office furniture by HNI India to have an idea of what we are talking about.
4. Clear your work desk
Minimalism also encourages a clutter-free workstation desk, which is where desks with drawers help. Aside from your computer, your paper tray, your phone, and maybe a photo frame or a souvenir, there should be nothing on top of your desk. Drawers are a great way to dump extra stuff lying on your table.
5. Hide cables
Use floor carpets to efficiently conceal cables running throughout the floor. Floor carpets are also good sound absorbent and help in toning down the typical office chaos. The same goes for a work desk. Use furniture which has the right holes in the right places to conceal the wiring. The cable management system by ‘Avail’ allows the wires to be tucked away under work surface and re-route them through the leg support, thereby smartly minimizing the clutter to a great extent.
If your brand stands for empowering your employees to make them feel resourceful, calm & creative, a minimalist office design may be just what you are looking for. The clutter-free nature of minimalistic designs allows a person to feel calm. If you are determined to make your workspace as simple and streamlined as possible, make sure you follow the above tips. If you are looking for office furniture in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore or any other city, look no further than HNI India - the leading office furniture manufacturer in India. Remember, Minimalism isn't just an aesthetic choice--it's a business one too!