At Patcraft, we understand the power of collaboration. From design to manufacturing to technical teams— we look to resources beyond our personal scope to broaden our understanding of a project. This cooperative practice enables us to embrace the functional balance of a product that will provide a meaningful solution for the built environment.
A pursuit of collective knowledge extends beyond our internal process, as we seek opportunities to make connections with industry professionals, placing great value on the impact of client insight, experience and expertise. Opportunities to engage in thoughtful discussion to uncover what is at the root of design—exploring spatial demands, market insights, and product needs— are increasingly important within the commercial design industry. We view these conversations as a path to spark innovation.
An integral part of this collaborative process is ongoing dialogue with peers. In late November 2019, we partnered with Interior Design magazine to host a thought-provoking roundtable discussion in New York. Gathering to discuss the changing nature of workplace design and key challenges within the industry, the conversation focused on how designers approach creative process within their work. Exploring topics ranging from generational divides in work habits to ways design can enhance company culture, two key themes came out of the discussion: fostering client collaboration and creating community through design.
Fostering client collaboration
To eliminate “sameness” driven by access to recurring images on social media, designers must seek out fresh forms of inspiration with clients, looking to nature, art, and other disciplines. Designers agreed it is vital to step out of the office (and away from technology) to explore museums, botanical gardens, and other stimulating environments in search of fresh inspiration. The more often clients are willing to join such excursions, the better. Investing ample time during a project's ideation stage tends to smooth out processes later on, and transparency about this approach is key.
Creating community through design
Workplaces that ignite the senses drive community and conversations, leading to organic opportunities for inspiration. Design in ways that encourage people to get out of the office and explore the neighborhood’s amenities versus focusing on adding more amenities to a given space. Create smaller, more efficient spaces or sections within workspaces for an intimate feel. In workplaces where technology reigns supreme, employees crave spaces that enable them to return to more simplistic work methods. Designers welcome a return to basics, such as bright, light-filled rooms to sketch in.
The roundtable discussion succeeded in shedding light on where and how concepts for striking environments originate and what we can expect as the workplace continues to take on new shape and form. In the end, exploring these thoughts and ideas enables us to design forward for a solution that is based on experience, and created with purpose. Learning and seeking knowledge is a lifelong pursuit within all professions, and we value the time spent with others to learn and inspire change within our industry.
To learn more about what was discussed at the round table click HERE.