It's estimated that we spend more than 90,000 hours at work in our lifetime, so it's vital that it's a happy and inspiring place to be. Commercial design has evolved from the dreary office cubicles of the 1970s to the open-plan, flexible spaces of Generation Z, and art has played a huge part in this.
Deutsche Bank is undoubtedly leading the crowd with corporate art, having amassed the largest collection in the world (currently in excess of 60,000 artworks). Their commitment to art is rooted in a belief in cultural development, something that is consistently supported by statistics. Research by Exeter University's School of Psychology found that employees who have a say in the design and layout of their workspace are 32% more productive, while a study conducted by BOSTI Associates discovered that 83% of employees believed artwork was important in the work environment - something we couldn't agree with more!
With many of our staff formally educated in art or artists themselves, a creative atmosphere is key to their satisfaction and wellbeing. Art consultant Freddie Wells works at our Leeds gallery. He says: "It's like a second home to me. It's a blessing to have such an appealing environment to walk into every day, and to be surrounded by our fantastic art."
"Business owners are beginning to understand that displaying artwork in the workplace does more than make the office aesthetically pleasing; it can actually increase employee efficiency, productivity and creativity."
The head of design at the office fit-out company AIS Workplace, Simon Hart, revealed to Fine Art Collector : "Workplace interior design moves at a rapid pace and tracks the development of new technologies, for example cultural shifts with the advancements of social media.
"The best examples of a modern office actively improve the health of employees through considered use of natural light and layouts which promote movement and collaboration. We're seeing a much bigger crossover with residential themes and concepts."
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07/02/2019Walking into our gallery is as personal to us as you relaxing on our sofa at home, tea and biscuits in hand. Our retail designer, Louise Barnett, reveals how she creates artspaces which make our collectors feel like a part of the family.
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