Decoding the Design Dictionary: The Soffit and How it Adds to Your Space

Design terms deserve a dictionary of their own. As designers, we use these everyday, but to the general public, design terminology is something that is seen rather than learned.  Take for example the word “soffit”. Unless you’re into design, we’re fairly certain that you’re probably scratching your head trying to guess what a soffit is. […]

VC On: Architectural Lighting

We’re taking a minute today to talk about architectural lighting. It’s a design feature that falls into the general subconscious for most. Yet as designers, we use this tool to create a comprehensive space. The beauty of architectural lighting is that it is used to draw the eye to the most important features of a space–for instance, […]

Design Science: Office Areas and Proportions Based on Human Work Modes

If you take a minute to pull back and really look at how an office functions, you will find that people cycle through three general daily work modes: focus, meet, and refresh.

4 Designs that Encourage Collaboration by Choice

When designing an office space, we strive to develop innovative features that will prompt teamwork, creativity and productivity. We manage this by creating diverse choice areas that are open, casual, easily accessible, and outfitted with the same resources you would find in a formal meeting area. Here are 4 niche office areas VC has designed […]

VC On: Flexible Workstations (Video)

As technology and a younger generation enter into the workforce, offices are becoming less static. Take a step into any office and you will find that workers can seamlessly cycle through various work modes with great ease. Matched by the shift towards open office environments, we have found a large need for workstations that provide […]

4 Design Principles of Open Plan Offices

With benefits like greater productivity and collaboration and the elimination of the high wall cubicles, the open plan office is considered to be the starting point for “the office of the future”. As designers, we have adapted to this new feel and look of the corporate world, and have found that there are four key design […]

4 Design Fundamentals That Lead To Office Wellbeing

The phrase “office wellbeing” is hugely emphasized in the corporate world today. Companies are working to make their offices happy and healthy environments for their employees to work in. But what does an office that encourages user wellbeing look like? When we design offices for wellbeing, there are four fundamentals we work around. 1. Give them an […]

6 Ways We Added Color to a Space Without Painting the Walls

Color can be included in any design, even those with a neutral palette. Check out 6 ways we used color in some of our recent designs without painting a wall. 1. A burst of orange brings life to this seating area We used exotic millwork to set the tone for the reception area that we […]

Design that Works: A Multi-Functional Private Office

Our design for the multi-functional private offices at software company Pegasystems Inc., was inspired by the trending decrease in the amount of private areas found in the workplace. As designers, we often challenge our clients to re-assess what job functions require someone to sit in a private office. Most people will say they need an office because […]