how colourful plants can help reduce workplace stress

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Growing up our house was full of plants which is no surprise given my mother is Dutch… Boy, do they love their indoor plants. I definitely picked up my mother’s love of plants as every house I’ve lived in, no matter where in the world I was based one of the first things I did was…

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The Psychology Behind the Tech Giants Office Design

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In our modern, mobile world people can be productive anywhere and anytime, but this is not to say that the office is disappearing. In fact more than ever the office needs to be a place where people actually want to spend their working hours. Contemporary offices are now more than about just functionality. They have…

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the psychological effects of colour in architecture

the psychological effects of colour in architecture

Every May in London, designers, architects look forward to attending the many talks, events and seeing the latest innovations during Clerkenwell Design Week. I’m very honoured to be asked back to give two talks, this time at the recently opened Designworks Tiles showroom. My two talks will be on ‘What’s wrong with white’ and ‘Living…

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Business office colour and design – the Google effect

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Many of us work, or have worked in brightly lit, minimalist, grey and impersonal offices.  I’m sure if you ask someone to describe their ideal work environment, it wouldn’t be this.  No-one says Ooh I love working in a grey, bland, monochrome office.  So why there are so many offices like this?

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