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The missing component

  • Published at 09:36 pm September 7th, 2020
The missing component

Much like LEED certified buildings, a green commercial interior focuses on less energy consumption

The makeup of the interior of your home is important. It is a reflection of who you are and what you stand for. It is also an instrumental part of making any space more suitable and personalized so that maximum comfort can be achieved — and it is an interior designer’s job to make it so.However, the same concept of interior designing, to some extent even more so, applies to commercial spaces as well, where it is the goal of an interior designer to balance the functionality of the space with aesthetics to bring out the most from it.

But why? Why would a business need someone to help out with aligning their vision of the commercial space with their intended objective when a lot of businesses do not bother with the makeup of their place? This is a perception that is prevalent in our community but not present in other more developed countries. In places like Singapore, UK, USA and other economic powerhouses, the usage of commercial interior design tends to be the norm.

And the reason so many businesses across so many countries enlist the help of professionals is simple: success!Success in the form of shaping the perception people have of a brand.Success in the form of setting the internal atmosphere of the business. Success in the form of streamlining every component that is/will be present in an organization.

Between residential and commercial interior designing, in terms of necessity and importance, the latter may outweigh the former even though there is no doubt that interior designing is quite important in the modern landscape where the quality of life is highly valued. But when it comes to commercial spaces, the work of an interior designer transcends just making a place feel welcoming, accepting or comfortable.

That is because commercial interior designs are based around usability, and since the commercial real estate landscape itself is varied and vast, there are more opportunities for a designer or an organization to get creative.

From retail spaces to office spaces, schools, hospitals and restaurants as well as shopping malls, the scope of commercial interior design is huge and each type has different objectives and designs to consider. But most importantly, a commercial design tends to be the catalyst for setting the mood of the place, regardless of its purpose. The “look and feel” of your commercial space is the representation of your brand.It is more than just placing furniture here and there and painting the walls any colour of your choice.

That is why the number of patrons of commercial interior design tends to be more than its residential counterpart. Almost every business entity needs, or should, get the help of a professional who can shape the interior of their organization’s physical space to maximize efficiency.

There are millions of little things that may need to be arranged in a commercial space — particularly for offices. The bigger the organization, the more there is to deal with. “How will different departments be divided?”, “Will there be cubicles or open tables for employees?”, “what would be the distance between individual seats?” and “What type of lighting would be used for illumination?” — these are just some of the decisions that need to be made, and every one of them will impact the mood, the work process, and the efficiency of the employees. Aligning all of these can be out of a person’s forte unless they have sufficient experience and knowledge about the matter — which interior designers, or “efficiency engineers” do.

There is also a relatively recent phenomenon and trend that is growing in popularity with each passing day, which is “green commercial interiors.”The rising awareness about our effect on the environment and a global conscientious to reduce carbon footprint is forwarding this movement and has reached commercial interior designing as well. Much like LEED certified buildings, a green commercial interior focuses on less energy consumption.

This type of approach prioritizes environmental-friendly material and techniques without compromising functionality or efficiency. Double glazed windows, for example, can be a great medium to let a substantial amount of light pour inside without the unwanted side-effect of heat thanks to the insulation properties of the glass. Or, using processed wood instead of organic wood to reduce wastage of resources.

The growing popularity of the “green initiative” is an important direction for interior design as it opens a new dimension of work for designers. And for brands, this can be a way to be more “green aware” as well as promote their commitment towards the environment — which can add substantial brand value to an organization and create goodwill.

The title of being a “green brand” has been a highly sought-after aspect for quite a while now. However, that was previously more limited to manufacturing portions whereas today, businesses can also gain similar recognition —and the benefits it tows —from operating green offices and other types of commercial spaces.

But even without the positives of a green commercial interior, the need for professional help in designing the interior of a commercial space in this modern competitive landscape is profound. The efficiency, the profitability and the value proper interior design is capable of adding to an organization is undisputed, and it is high-time for local brands to understand this. In fairness, a few household entities in Bangladesh understand this and have incorporated this onto themselves. So, why should the rest be left behind?

This article is being published under special arrangement as part of a partnership with Bproperty