In an age of convenience, spaces are focused on delivering more mindful and purposeful experiences to connect on an emotional level. People seek meaningful and memorable moments to amplify the physical and emotional connections between space and themselves. We see this at work and at home, within retail, healthcare and education environments—creating connections through design provides a level of comfort and wellbeing for the people who use these spaces.
The built environment can foster connectivity and collaboration in interesting and authentic ways, including how we approach design from the outset. Beginning with a process that incorporates connection and collaboration will lead to design that promotes connection and collaboration. The key is creating touchpoints along the way for authenticity.
People are accustomed to the comforts of home now more than ever before. From clothing to convenience, we are a society that craves cozy. Exaggerated textures, soft, fleece-like surfaces, and cocooning silhouettes support comforting design as people seek a sense of calm and connection to spaces akin to home.
Design that incorporates cocooning, womb-like structures, intimate pods and closed-off areas are becoming more popular and help people feel secure and immersed. Soothing colors, tactile surfaces, and soothing textures also enhance connectivity. Our carpet tile collection, InTouch, provides the rich tonal textures and tactility that enables the calm and soothing design aesthetic.
Humans are naturally more drawn to rounded shapes, with scientific studies showing that curved architecture and interior decor increases brain activity.
Softer forms also create a feeling of safety, while circular shapes correspond with happiness, both of which have the ability to assist in intuitive and natural navigation through spaces. Design with shape to create comfort and connection, defining space in natural and intuitive ways with wayfinding and directionality.
Shared experiences invite people to enter a space as individuals and leave as a larger group. Meaningful experiences can cultivate relationships, transforming chance encounters into joyful and long-lasting moments and connections in real time.
One to one connections are so important within a collaborative work environment. Creating these shared experiences within the workplace is of great value as we think about designing the spaces of the future. Flooring can be used to support new workplace behaviors to create spaces that promote connectivity and help people feel more comfortable within changing environments.
Emphasize walkways and collaboration zones by changing color, styles & patterns or define an area with 6' area rugs or insets to define personal zones. Seamless design between personal and public areas is a key consideration for collaborative spaces. It will be necessary to redefine the new boundaries of a space’s capabilities, and manage expectations of what people should be able to do in different kinds of spaces.
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