Is collaborative office design hurting workplace productivity?

The trendy theory in office design is that open, cubicle-less workspaces foster a creative, collaborative workplace. One survey found that 77 percent of respondents have or are planning to implement an open-office design. But what is this office design doing to productivity?

In a new survey from Gensler, the global design and architecture firm found that some offices are going too far with the open concept and it’s hurting productivity, with only one in four knowledge workers in the United States working in optimal workplace environments.

What exactly is the optimal design? In analyzing the survey, Gensler determined that the optimal workplace, while focusing on collaboration with an open design, also balances openness with spaces that help workers focus.

Written By Tyler Falk

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L.A. Interior Designers Celebrate New Christofle Silver Pop-Up

“Million Dollar Decorator” Mary McDonald and several designers come out to the studio space for a collaboration between the iconic French silver brand and antique dealer JF Chen.

The night of June 13 proved to be a perfect blend of classic and modern as Los Angeles’s elite design community celebrated the collaboration between world-renowned French silver company Christofle, founded in 1830, and famed furniture dealer JF Chen, in their intimate creation, pop-up shop Studio Christofle, tucked away on Melrose Place.

Written By Vanessa Kogevinas

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