Controversial opinion: office space can be sacred. I mean, that’s if we choose to make it so. More often than not, working environments are saturated with the merely functional in service to commerce, and I understand why that is. But the world is changing, we’ve well and truly left the twentieth century behind, and it’s now possible to embrace a new way of experiencing the world of work.
Rest assured, I don’t go around waxing lyrical on this. I don’t want my colleagues to think of me as some kind of quasi-spiritual loony who’s going to fill the office with moon-charged crystals and sage smoke. As much as I’d be up for doing that, I’m more about looking for opportunities to integrate office life with embodied experiences of being human. It’s about applying principles of balance, ease and spatial flow to create deeply harmonious, high end office fitouts. Melbourne office workers, doesn’t that sound good to you?
See, I’m not a raving lunatic. I’m just someone who places high value on aesthetic experience as a pathway to deeper understanding of our place in the cosmos. In my view, I can work as a hedge fund manager and embrace this attitude without conflict of interest. In fact, I think the two are quite complementary, if the results I get are anything to go by.
In Melbourne, office design ideas of this nature are becoming more acceptable within the corporate world. I actually think this whole thing is about to take off in a big way – you know, ‘zen and the art of workspace design’. To me, it makes absolutely perfect sense, and I’m looking forward to more people getting on the bandwagon. It’s just a matter of time until business leaders start realising that their commercial effects can be amplified through contact with the divine.
In fact, it’s already begun. The trend for indoor plants that’s been booming away over the past few years is a clear example, and one that’s supported by science.