Image Boards – Design Ideas for a new office space for young design Company

Examples of Interesting and Innovative Office design

This Image Board shows a collection of office spaces and furniture that I find interesting or innovative. This was the starting point for my research and ideas into developing design ideas for an office space based in Birmingham. I have chosen my location for the office through researching different areas and locations in and around Birmingham and by producing a Site Analysis.

The office space that I am working with is a simple rectangular space with two windows and two doors; one of each at both ends of the building. From the written dimensions, I started by drawing up a basic floor plan to scale 1:50, as shown below.

Floor Plan for office space drawn in 1:50 scale

First of all, to give some context to this piece of work, it is useful to know a bit more about the client:


Exclusive Designs, a young and vibrant company known for its innovative ideas and original designs, has recently restructured and is looking for larger accommodation.  The accommodation must appeal to their client base which is located within creative industries such as advertising and new media. The company now wish to expand its range of services to include residential interior design and they require the space and internal layout to facilitate this expansion.   The new premises must also reflect the imagination and creativity of Exclusive Designs.  Two architects and two interior designers are employed by Exclusive Designs and accommodation is required for these four members of staff, their clients and visitors.

The design brief is:


The client requires:

  • an interior space where two architects and two interior designers can work either separately or together
  • a meeting room to hold 6 people with a meeting table and 6 chairs
  • 4 desks, 4 office chairs
  • 4 desktop computers and screens
  •  2 drawing boards
  • 2 low filing cabinets
  • a small reception area with seating for 4 visitors and a low table
  • an area in which to place a coffee machine and store cups etc
  • flooring
  • wall coverings
  • window treatment(s)
Based on information from the Client Profile and Client Brief, I made a series of basic Sketch Floor Plans to work out how I wanted to divide the space up. The sketch plans are a useful way of working out how the client might navigate the space, what the flow through the space is, where the natural light comes into the space and to think about the practicalities and function of each area eg. Do I want the Coffee Area to be seen from the seating area in Reception? Could the Meeting Area work opposite the Reception area or would it be too exposed? etc. Below, is a selection of four sketch plans from a series of  14, the one I chose to develop further is highlighted in green.

Office partitions and sketch plans

This next set of Concept Boards (below) represents my thought process and is a small collection of images and rough sketches to work through my thoughts and ideas for developing an office space for two Interior Designers and two architects to work from. These are just very rough sketches and images to test out what might work within my office space.

Ideas board for a Sunken Meeting Room, Nikki Shaw

Ideas board for a self-contained office workspace ‘cube’, Nikki Shaw

Ideas board: Furniture & Colour, Nikki Shaw

Ideas board: Colour & Textures, Nikki Shaw

Ideas development board for Reception Area, Office space, Nikki Shaw

For me, by compiling rough sketches and images of products together, I can then start to pick out the specific pieces I like and I am able to start to get a sense of what works well together and what doesn’t. I am also able to start to see where the gaps might be in a scheme – this may be colour, texture, shape, scale etc. I guess it is a bit like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, but without knowing what the completed image should look like!

Anyway, from these rough idea boards, I selected the products and equipment that I wanted to include within my office scheme and I produced two separate A3 Boards to show these, along with product information and web links. I have tried to create mini ‘sets’ within the boards to show which pieces of furniture or window treatments sit alongside other pieces within the layout of the space.

Office Products Board – Office Cube and Corridor, by Nikki Shaw

Office Products Board – Reception, Meeting & Coffee Area, by Nikki Shaw

Okay, so back to the Plan Drawing now to start placing and arranging the furniture, window treatments and equipment I have chosen for this space. Using the original 1:50 scale drawing as a template, I have used tracing paper to try out different layouts and arrangements before opting for the one below. I felt that this layout gave the best flow through the space, from the Reception area (and coffee area separated by the gorgeous, contemporary, industrial shelving units by Benjamin Hubert (featured earlier on my blog), then through the opening in the curved lines of the dividing, partition wall that leads through into a wide corridor with the circular sunken meeting room to the left and then on to the spacious, office work-cube with lots of natural light flooding through the space from the rear external window, from the front Reception window through a high horizontal window, above the Meeting Room area and also through the tall curved windows that soften the front left corner of the Office work cube.

Office Floor Plan with Furniture and Equipment, Scale 1:50, Nikki Shaw

In addition, I have produced an A3 presentation board with sketches and images to accompany the Floor Plan. This can be seen below:

Visual presentation board for office – showing layout, colour and furniture, Nikki Shaw

This project also required a basic 3D Plan Model in order to demonstrate that the layout and partitions within the space work visually and spatially. The model was constructed using the original scale 1:50 plan drawing with partition walls also drawn to scale. I then used a combination of mount-board, foam-board, glue, thick clear acetate (windows and pocket sliding door) and pins to construct the model. The curved walls were created by evenly scoring the mount-board and foam-board and then bending gently into shape around a stiff cardboard tube to get an even curve. The curved walls and exterior walls were pinned into place from underneath to secure them. I then photographed the model from various angles to give a full impression.

Office 3D Model 1 of 3 boards

Office 3D Model 2 of 3 boards

Office 3D Model 3 of 3 boards

One thought on “Image Boards – Design Ideas for a new office space for young design Company

  1. Amazing office design and I really like the creativity that you have had in matching all of the various features to suit the client brief.

    I’m sure they are extremely happy with the results and hope that the development goes well. I really like the meeting room concept diagram and I’ve always thought that rounded space work better in regards to involving everyone in the discussion. The office space and the flow works very well with clients or other parties not having to walk through the working space, which can distract parties and also maybe leave the wrong impression to clients.

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