Modern means a lot of things: simple, geometric, high tech—the list goes on.
What it doesn’t mean is eclectic and cluttered. If you ask us, the streamlined, muted color palette is the exact look you want for a serene bathroom space. And you don’t need much to get the vibes you’re after: Just a few key details that speak for themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with a cookie cutter apartment bathroom, or a custom designed one straight of the set of your favorite HGTV show.
We promise: These 15 neutral-but-provocative essentials will give your space that mod flair you’re after.
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As your business continues growing, you will soon find yourself in need of new office space to accommodate your team and make room for further development. However, finding a home for your organization can be quite challenging, as any business is different and has very different needs and goals. Using a virtual office or working out of a home office might be the cheapest option, but it can damage your credibility and legitimacy, as research showscustomers are more likely to consider a brand trustworthy if it has an actual physical address and office space.
Co-working spaces are becoming an increasingly popular alternative, as they are generally deemed a more flexible and cost-effective option, yet many companies still prefer to lease their own commercial space and personalize it so that it fully reflects their brand values. With so many factors to consider, including location, size and price, and with other alternatives available, is signing a traditional office lease still a viable option nowadays? Below, nine leading members of Forbes Real Estate Council explain why a traditional leasing agreement is important and how it can help your business.
All photos courtesy of Forbes Councils members.
Members of the Forbes Real Estate Council add their input.
1. Create Brand Recognition
“Lights, Camera, Action!” Signing a traditional office lease will put your company brand in the spotlight. Your business will have instant “free” advertising by hanging your sign/logo on the building, decaling windows with a website/phone number and your business name can be listed on Google Maps. If cost concerns you, simply rent out extra space and profit by offering co-working space to others. – Angela Yaun, Day Realty Group
2. Increase Productivity And Creativity
The value of providing a shared space to your team is undeniable. What’s important to remember is that signing a traditional lease doesn’t mean you’re confined to traditional thought. Having a common space brings diverse minds together to get creative ideas on the table. With a whole team under the same roof, brainstorms become far more productive and idea sharing can happen on-the-fly. – Frederick Townes, Placester
3. Improve Your Google Local Online Presence
If you want to have have a Google local, which is extremely important to your online presence take a traditional office lease into consideration. Google does not approve locals for businesses using any type of short term or co-mingled office space like Regus or Instant Offices. That being said, if you are a local service, this is definitely something you want to consider. – Hillary Hobson, Highest Cash Offer
4. Lower Expenses Over Time
Traditional offices are usually cheaper for a longer term leases. With most co-working spaces, you’ll have to pay for a la carte services (like renting a conference room, administrative costs, etc.) in addition to the rent. These costs can quickly add up over time. – Susie Algard, OfficeSpace.com
So, you got that tiny house. Or that compact one-bedroom apartment for which you endured a frightening co-op board interview. Or you and your partner moved into a studio that is really not meant to accommodate two people. Congrats! You are now Living Small.
There are innumerable ways you could make the most of this: Modular, multi-use furniture is one big way (especially when it doubles as storage); another is to trick out your new tiny abode with home tech.
“‘Home tech? how’s that going to help?’” you say. Well, we’ll tell you. While there’s no shortage of smart home gadgetry out there to help with problems you don’t have (we’re looking at you, smart fridges), there are also a few ways to use smart home products to get the most out of your space. Here are a few products we think will help ease you into the tiny living lifestyle.
Smart plugs are your friend
For even the most home tech averse among us, the allure of the smart plug is hard to deny. Sticking any of these Wi-Fi-enabled plugs into your existing outlets turns the outlet into a smart one that can be controlled with your mobile device via an app associated with the smart plug.
Our historic home-loving columnist is a recent convert—and who wouldn’t be, when on a hot day you can turn your air conditioner on from your phone on the way home from work? You can also, of course, use smart plugs for just about anything—from lamps to fans to just about anything else you plug into an outlet. For those of us who live in compact places, this means you can work with what you’ve got: no need to buy new, smarter things for your tiny space.
There are lots of options on the market and, unlike other things in the home tech world, they come at a reasonable price. Belkin and TP-Link each sell popular options you can find on Amazon.
Sony’s Life Space UX short throw projector and LED bulb speaker
Entertaining can be a challenge in a home of any size, but Sony has recently released a couple of products that could make that easier for the space starved.
The company’s Life Space UX series includes an ultra-short-throw projector (at a spendy $789), which turns any flat surface into a screen. Life Space UX also includes a lightbulb (at just shy of $240) that is both a color-changing illumination source and a Bluetooth speaker. The latter sounds gimmicky, but this editor has seen it in action (at both its unveiling at MoMA Design Store in New York and in a friend’s apartment). It’s actually quite nice, with solid sound quality. If you’re truly starved for space, combining an essential function with a non-essential—but delightful and quality-of-life improving—one is pretty smart.
Consider buying a smart home hub
The Amazon Echo has done a lot to popularize the idea of the home tech hub, a gadget that acts as command central for your Smart Things devices and responds to voice prompts.
Not long after the Echo debuted, gobbling up marketshare, Google entered the fray with the Google Home—and it was soon followed by the Apple HomePod, which purports to have better audio quality when compared to its competitors.
A smart home hub of any kind is going to help you. With voice commands you can toggle smart lights on and off, and listen to music and the latest news. It will serve up weather information, and more, in a rather compact unit that won’t take up a ton of counter space. For a guide to the what’s what of home tech hubs, you can read more here.
Best Buy (BBY, +0.86%) is making nice with one of its fiercest rivals, Amazon.com(AMZN, -1.45%), to bolster its ongoing bid to be the leading retailer in the booming smart-home tech area.
The electronics retailer, enjoying a renaissance of late, announced on Wednesday it was expanding space at 700 of its stores to better showcase Amazon’s Echo as well as Google (GOOG, -2.53%)Home and how they interact with other smart home technology it sells such as Philips Hue smart light bulbs, and Nest thermostats. The strategy is Best Buy’s latest push into smart home tech: a few weeks ago, Best Buy announced a major new partnership with Vivint, a company that installs home monitoring services and solar panels.
The retailer last month announced a surprise increase in comparable sales for the first-quarter, with home tech a major source of that growth. That sent shares to record highs.
While the 10-foot-by 4-foot Amazon and Google displays won’t be as large or fancy as Best Buy’s current store-within-a-store arrangements with the likes of Samsung and Apple (AAPL, -1.52%), and will be staffed by Best Buy workers, they are part of Best Buy’s efforts to offer customers consultations and advice they can’t find online, a key prong in its successful strategy to beat back at online competitors like Amazon.
As reported by Barron’s this week, Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Keith recently called Best Buy “the biggest consumer retail beneficiary for smart home adoption” positioned to ride growing interest in smart home products.
The new 21 000 sq.ft Paysafe office space located in Sofia, Bulgaria is developed and designed especially for company’s software developers teams. Beginning the designing process Cache atelier had the task to create a flexible space that has the opportunity to be easily rearranged and ease up the Scrum method for product development.
Team units are modeled by movable acoustic screens and shelves creating a semi-open space. Each team area is consisted of a workstations zone and a creative area for standup meetings. The space can be easily rearranged giving the opportunity to form smaller or bigger spaces for the teams. Meeting pods and brainstorm corners are scattered through the open space for quick meetings, team work and to boost creativity.
Each of the five meeting rooms are designed as an accent with playful details and share the concept of being dedicated to a different country – France, Brazil, Italy. The smallest meeting spaces perfect for a two side conversation or a personal phone call are dedicated to some of the smallest countries in the world – Vatican city and Malta. The flexibility combined with the defined team environment, great meeting rooms and the homey atmosphere of the playroom with its splendid view to Vitosha mountauin creates a curious mixture in this contemporary IT office space. Photographer: Minko Minev
Pax & Parker is a new boutique fashion retailer. This is their first store located in Fort Worth, Texas; designed and decorated by Bart Shaw Architect.
The design approach to the 1,340 SF space was to keep the majority of space minimal and focus on one signature element that influences the entire area. The existing concrete shell structure was left exposed. The concrete slab was sealed. The fixtures were designed for space and fabricated by a local community college welding instructor. The general lighting in the retail space was created by mounting fluorescent strips mounted to the top of a bent steel plate, painted white. Birch plywood of varying thicknesses was cut into 8-inch squares and added to portions of the walls near the entry. White wire hangers were made into modules by the designers office. These were attached to steel cables to create the screen between the dressing and retail areas.
The space is dominated by this veil of 1,800 white wire hangers. The wall is formed by 150 modules made up of 12 hangers in the same configuration. The interlocking of this base unit forms a lace-like appearance, that glimmers in the light. Within the regulated formation of the wall, one can find a sense of whimsy. These are objects we interact with everyday. They rattle around in the bottom of our closets, and we are reintroduced to them, experiencing them in an entirely different way. Photography by Dror Baldinger, AIA