Ah, libraries. They may remind us of the rich smell of leather bindings, a quiet place to get lost in a great novel, or just a short escape from reality. Libraries have been and always will be that beloved space devoted to personal time and productivity. However, it looks like libraries are turning a new page with the introduction office office design.
Chartbeat, an IT company in New York recently introduced a library-esque layout to their 51 employees in hopes of giving them more creative spaces to work in. How did employees react? Their CEO reports it’s one of the main places to find employees working in their office.
Although this is a new style in office layouts, we think Chartbeat’s design looks strikingly similar to this space. The Los Angeles based company OstermanCron worked with in this project wanted office furniture, such as Kimball Office conference tables and modular furniture, that could give their employees a welcoming feel and a place they could be productive yet social.
Now that we think about it, why has it taken this long for this trend to emerge? Many clients of OstermanCron ask for similar characteristics of their new office furniture design. They want somewhere that’s collaborative, yet also very respectful to personal needs. Throw in a literature section with some great books, magazines, the daily newspaper, and comfy modern office furniture, and you’ve got yourself a new hang out for employees.
Younger generations and startup companies particularly seem to gravitate towards the appeal of library style layouts, as it’s a little more out of the box thinking than your typical layout of office cubicles. Perhaps this style isn’t just a trend and its story is just beginning.