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TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

by Lynn Coit

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

Boho is back. Five years ago, this statement would have applied to a millennial’s apartment or maybe a trendy hotel, but you would have been hard pressed to find it applied to a corporate office. And yet, here we are! Check out this gorgeous palette for a project we just completed for Adswerve, a marketing technology company, for their new offices at 999 18th St. in downtown Denver. Some definite bohemian influences, no?

So how did we get here?

Trends in hospitality and residential design have been finding their way into office design for several years now. Here’s why:

  1. Our expectations for the work environment have changed.
    As technology has enabled us to work virtually anywhere, it’s only natural we all want our workplace to feel as comfortable as our home office. From the perspective of employers, enticing workers to elect to come into the office and collaborate instead of telecommuting means giving them a space that makes them want to come to work. As a result, we’ve seen the birth of the “resimercial” spaces that offer many of the comforts of home – cozy furniture, high-end residential-style kitchens and showers – popping up in office design.
  2. Employers are recognizing workplace design as a competitive differentiator.
    As the economy has grown, competition for top talent is fierce, particularly here in Colorado where our unemployment is below the national average at just 3.5 percent as of March 2019. Historically, trends in design tend to trickle more slowly into the workplace, but in an environment where standing out is a key strategy in attraction and retention, corporate clients are more eager to push the envelope to appeal to experience-minded millennials who are looking for more from their office environment than a place to work – they’re looking for a sense of place. And with millennials set to make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce by 2020, these preferences matter now more than ever.
TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO
TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

Why Boho?

Right now in the design world, we’re seeing a focus on trends that influenced the aesthetic of the ‘70s. From retro logos, to colors and silhouettes in fashion, to interior design.

The multi-dimensional, highly textured and richly colored nature of a Boho-influenced design can wordlessly convey a fun, relaxed sensibility that appeals to a broad range of employees.

That doesn’t mean we’re bringing out the orange shag carpets and lava lamps. As with any trend, it’s important to interpret it with a fresh eye and a strong sense of your company’s brand, culture and goals.

A Modern Take

When creating Adswerve’s space, for example, we wanted to ensure it felt professional, but also a bit playful, with a Boho vibe that reflected their culture and brand personality.

The design we landed on served to soften the standard ‘tech company’ aesthetic and reinforce the uniqueness of Adswerve’s culture. Weaving together bright colors and ‘worn’-looking textures (rough sawn, reclaimed wood and cork board walls), we used a neutral base to ground the scheme.

Stay tuned for more photos of Adswerve’s space! We can’t wait to show you the finished product.

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ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!
ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

Every two years, our team at Elsy Studios eagerly awaits the Prêt-à-Porter fashion show put on by the IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter. For this event, design teams partner with manufacturers to showcase products in unique (and fashionable!) ways.


This year, Prêt-à-Porter’s theme was ‘color-blocking,’ a challenge we enthusiastically accepted, designing a ‘split personality’ dress with our partners at Koroseal. Drawing on the concept of ‘two sides to every story,’ this dress is meant to express the contrasting sides of our personalities that we show depending on the situation. For example, we could be shy at work, but outgoing at home.

To visually convey these dual sides of our personality, we chose a striking black-and-white palette to create a bold interpretation of color-blocking with hints of varied textures from Koroseal wallcoverings. The dress (and our stunning model, Elsy Interior Designer Sam Ward!) depicted a ‘soft and sweet’ side juxtaposed against a ‘bold and edgy’ side.

ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

Mark Cheeks, our in-house cobbler, embellished this simple pair of black heels with matching wallcovering. The design mimics the dress flawlessly – subtle in the front, with blue metallic on the back for a pop!

The look was accomplished with a combination of textured wallcoverings including shimmery rosettes, black-and-white metallics, blue metallics and matte black with tight pleats.

We have to say, we’re pretty proud of the results!

It was so much fun to participate in this year’s Prêt-à-Porter. As a design studio, we’re always seeking out new ideas and sources of inspiration, and this year’s event delivered in a big way. Congratulations to all the design studios and manufacturers who participated in this year’s event and a big thank you to the IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter for putting so much time and effort into celebrating the creative work of Denver’s passionate design community.

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We added a large, beautiful open stair to provide the physical connection between floors, positioning it with the best view to connect employees to nature and encourage use throughout the day.

We also kept a number of rugged mainstays original to the building, such as the exposed brick and ghost signs from legacy businesses that told a story of industry that resonated strongly with Hyder’s culture.

We intentionally showed off new and historic construction techniques in the design, subtly reinforcing Hyder’s trade, and pulled all those diverse elements together with a cohesive color palette, finishes, soffit detail and decorative light fixtures repeated throughout.

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MEET ELSY’S NEWEST TEAM MEMBER, NATALIE SKRAMSTAD!

by Elsy Studios

Natalie Skramstad Interior Designer

We are thrilled to welcome Natalie Skramstad to our interior design team this month! Natalie joins Elsy Studios with an extensive background in design, project management and client service.

In her previous position, Natalie primarily focused on interior design for multifamily communities and model homes. During her time there, she honed her craft while developing floorplans and elevations for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) presentation packages.

We saw tremendous value in Natalie’s journey to Elsy. For a while now, we’ve been seeing the lines between commercial, residential and hospitality design blurring. This is due, in part, to shifts in the way we live and work.

According to a study by the New York Times, 43% of employed Americans work from home at least part of the time, driving a shift in the way both homes and workspaces are designed. Additionally, in a tight labor market, companies are using the design of their offices to attract and keep top talent. The space has to feel special – memorable.

In our work with clients across industries – from forward-thinking tech companies to more traditional law and accounting offices – we’re seeing this desire for blended space design. Happily, that’s exactly the experience Natalie brings to our team.

“I’ve always seen the role of interior designer as an opportunity to create unique experiences, and I believe that applies across project types, whether it’s a model home, an office space or a new hotel,” Natalie told us. “I was drawn to Elsy because of the care this team clearly puts into making sure each space is a true reflection of that client’s wants and needs. They take the time to think through every aspect of the experience, and it shows in the end result. I’m excited to grow my creativity in this environment!”

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Earth Day is a good reminder to all of us to consider our impact on and our connection to our planet and to nature. As designers, not only do we have a responsibility to create spaces that are good for people – that inspire, and support health and happiness – we also have a responsibility to consider the legacy our designs leave. That can take many forms – from using more sustainable or recycled materials to bringing natural elements into the design to provide people with stronger connections to nature.

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As we continue to consider our impact, it’s important that the design industry take a leadership role in advancing conversations on materials, waste and the adaptability of the designs we create (e.g., it’s more sustainable to create spaces that can adapt without demolition). It’s one more reason why good design is so crucial – it tends to last.

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The common misconceptions about the role of an interior designer recently led the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) to release an updated definition of interior design to further clarify what the profession actually entails.

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Good design is about more than how a space looks. It’s also about how it works. A qualified interior design team should make sure the design is as smart as it is beautiful. That it supports the health, safety, wellbeing and productivity of building occupants as well as enhances the human experience. That the space is compliant with building codes (of which there are many) and that it makes sense in the context of the building’s architecture.

As qualified interior designers, we guide with our clients from concept through delivery and beyond. We manage budgets, contracts, schedules, consultants, staffing and resources. Our clients rely on us for detailed and accurate drawings that directly impact the construction of the space. They expect us to know what to look for during construction and to work with the project team to get any issues addressed quickly. This all requires a level of expertise that only comes through education and experience.

So while it might not seem like a big distinction between “designer” and “decorator” on the surface, the old adage “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” applies in a big way to the design of your space.

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