Inspiring design: How custom materials enrich the workplace

It can be as subtle as a contrasting stitch color on a lobby bench—or as dramatic as a bold tabletop rendered in glass, like the Millbrae Table.

It starts with a decision rooted in the designer’s vision for the workspace. The choice itself may be simple, but its impact is lasting and powerful. Through decisions like these, designers practice their craft, express their creativity and shape the work environment.

Space designs that integrate personalized colors, patterns and materials can greatly influence how the space affects those who work there. And carefully curated materials can carry benefits that closely align with many clients’ strategic goals. For example:

  • Authentic, enduring materials instill confidence and make the workplace more inviting
  • An eclectic mix of patterns and materials can evoke joy and inspire creativity
  • Unique details can humanize the office, making it comfortable and putting workers at ease
  • Custom materials can help companies tell their story and build a sense of belonging

Addressing this last point, Susan Lyons, president of Designtex, said, “Clients are using spaces to tell more of a story about what their ethos is and what they are about in a more nuanced way. It’s about visual storytelling.”

The custom and special-order options Coalesse offers makes it easier for you and your clients to tell these stories and create inspiring spaces where people want to work.

Scroll down for a few examples. When you’re ready to explore some options of your own, connect with our Coalesse Concierge team—product experts who can help with samples, specifications, custom and special orders, technical questions and project management.

Making your mark can be as simple as choosing special stitching. Here, the contrasting red thread makes a subtle statement on a custom bench from the Millbrae Contract Lounge Seating collection.

If natural felt is your thing, rest your eyes on these custom felt covers for the Turnstone Buoy, featured in Coalesse’s NeoCon 2017 showroom. Coalesse is collaborating with San Francisco-based Peace Industry to co-design handmade felt area rugs and coordinating Buoy covers.

The Coalesse NeoCon 2017 showroom included a combination of custom café chairs—including, from left, the LessThanFive Chair (designed using the LessThanFive Customizer), the Maarten Chair from the Viccarbe Imports Collection and the Montara650 Chair. The entire Montara650 Collection is available with optional Steelcase Lux Coatings, such as Matte Copper, Burnished Bronze and Obsidian.

This Potrero415 Table with a special-order patterned glass top adds style to any conference room. Here it’s paired with the Massaud Mid-Back Conference Chair with Steelcase Lux Coating in Night Bronze.

To learn more about the culture of customization, read our point of view essay.

Published On: July 19, 2017
Filed under: Design Inspiration

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