It sounds wrong. But it's contemporary, industrial and uber cool.

Everyone is familiar with what a refurbishment is – and that’s when you take a slightly worn interior, and by decorating and refitting the space – it becomes ‘refurbished’. That’s simple enough. But how about a ‘DE-furbishment’? What’s the difference – and what on earth does it mean?

Well, for those with a keen eye on design – you may have noticed that there has been a trend in recent years for more of an industrial feel to an office. They gained popularity with the Shoreditch and East London trend setters – and it involves removing suspended ceilings in favour of high ceilings with exposed pipes and electrics painted black, exposing brick wall (or faking them), bare concrete surfaces, exposed steelworks and unpainted furniture structures. Lighting looks perhaps more retro – whilst adopting the latest LED technology at the same time.

All in all, a very cool and contemporary feel all round. Sure, it’s not going to be ideal for every business – but many companies are embracing this, and making their work environments a very desirable place to be. Of course, if you’re stripping everything back – you do also need to make sure everything is done safely too.

Aside from the aesthetics, there are also some great benefits to be had by the business too. You can attract the talent of a modern workforce – the bright young things that can help drive a business forward. By providing an environment that feels raw and urban, it embodies the spirit of future growth and having your ‘finger on the pulse’ of current trends. All of this contributes to a successful workforce, high productivity and motivation, and the feeling of belonging to something worthwhile. And that kind of wellbeing and employee experience helps in staff retention and attraction.

Moving away from the idea of the traditional office can really set your business apart from the competition. One of looking to the future, embracing the freshest trends and innovation. And Verve can really help with this – we offer advice, free design and consultation too.

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