Working the room

A commercial design firm makes a statement with physical workspaces that impact the employee experience

AFTER MORE THAN 20 years in the industry, Monica Sharman believes commercial interior design must be innovative, efficient and practical. It?s a philosophy that has helped her firm, IN Design Associates, become a preferred choice for many in London?s burgeoning tech sector. For instance, when London tech giant Voices.com decided to move their offices to 100 Dundas Street last summer, CEO David Ciccarelli entrusted Sharman with the task of transforming the 45,000-square-foot open floor plate into a space that would inspire creativity, support productivity and be flexible enough to provide room to grow. ?David was a very unique client,? says Sharman. ?He was decisive and trusting, and allowed us to build the team we needed to meet his extremely aggressive timeline and to achieve his goal of creating a living office.? 18 | businesslondon.ca | MARCH 2017 from left Design consultant Rebecca Harding, owner Monica Sharman and design fulfillment manager Karen Dryburgh of IN Design Associates A living office helps organizations achieve their strategic goals through design that delivers an elevated work experience, Sharman explains. ?It?s a process of designing space that supports today?s modes of work.? In the case of Voices.com, that meant creating an environment that encourages staff to circulate throughout the entire space, leading to impromptu collisions and organic collaboration. It?s quite a change from when Sharman designed the same floor for a previous tenant, almost 15 years ago. ?It was a sea of cubicles,? she recalls, noting that the way people work has changed dramatically over the past two decades.

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