The profound change in the way we live and work has led to the reinvention of the spaces associated with these concepts. Technological advances, remote working, decentralisation and globalisation have made a new work model possible that few could imagine until recently, full of advantages but also new challenges that companies are learning to resolve.
The pandemic has generated a significant increase in environmental awareness among the population, as indicated by the third edition of the 2020-2021 Climate Survey by the European Investment Bank (EIB). Both in the home office and in co-working spaces or in traditional offices, companies and workers are increasingly aware of the need to create flexible environments that combine energy efficiency and caring for the planet with their own well-being and productivity.
New work models have put aside boring, rigid and dull spaces in favour of others that are much friendlier, more flexible and have more life, increasingly similar to the domestic environment. The well-being and health of the worker are already priority aspects compared to others that tried to obtain maximum productivity and performance without taking into account the human factor.
If, up until recently, the work environment was limited mainly to workstations, meeting rooms and a management area -for which the best locations and direct natural light were usually reserved-, now it is essential to have collaborative work areas and other spaces for disconnecting.
Spaces that make the office a human and "soulful" place, a focal point for talent loyalty, attraction and retention, and that promote the corporate values and culture.
Sustainable materials, eye-catching colour ranges, references to nature and pieces of furniture and decoration that until recently were unthinkable in a work environment, are now the protagonists of this new generation of workspaces. Greener and more responsible spaces with eco-efficient equipment, adequate thermal and acoustic comfort, perfect air renewal, circadian lighting and a biophilic design.
All of which are aspects that enhance the comfort, creativity, innovation and productivity of workers and, therefore, of companies that are increasingly aware of the role of multipurpose furniture as a fundamental tool when optimising spaces.
Often relegated to the background in offices, colour has proven to be a constantly evolving physical, technological, cultural and psychosocial phenomenon and one of the aspects that most affects productivity and people's moods. Already back in 1810, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe laid the foundations with his work the "Theory of Colours", for an approach to colour that was opposite to Newton's and in which he anticipated how colour can impact mood and emotion.
Since then, colour psychology has not stopped analysing human behaviour in relation to different colours and the associations between tones, feelings and behaviours.
When combining or creating a colour palette for a certain workspace, it is essential to achieve a correct chromatic balance, which takes into account the preferences of workers. The incidence of natural light or the combination of the different tones influence how a colour is perceived, which can also be used to distort the thermal sensation or the spatial perception of certain environments. Along with colours and lighting, materials take on special importance in these new workspaces, offering more sustainable alternatives without toxic components for improved air quality and health of their occupants.
A way of showing respect for the environment in which Actiu has been involved for a long time, through initiatives such as the incorporation of 0% formaldehyde melamine, meeting the emission standards established by the US EPA TSCA Title VI and Phase 2 of the CARB, the reuse of plastic from production waste, the use of aluminium and 100% recycled packaging, or the incorporation of fabrics from recycled plastic bottles such as those of Gabriel. A firm that has celebrated its 170th anniversary in Madrid, at an event in which Actiu has presented its Bend range, upholstered with a fabric that combines sustainable materials with exceptional fire resistance properties.