At Indie & Co. we split our time between a home office in Brixton and a co-working space just off Regent Street. We've spent a lot of time ensuring these spaces inspire and enable our team.
Co-working spaces like ours are part of a rapidly growing movement of a new type of office; offices that are designed to suit the specific needs of start ups and freelancers. We've found that the tailored services they offer enable us to work more efficiently and streamline our business - everything from the high speed internet, 24h access, tech support to the healthy food and gym facilities.
To attract and keep their flexible tenants, the most successful shared workspaces are now highly designed and follow the latest trends, occupying superb locations within their city.
There is a wider shift currently happening in most shared spaces: from restaurants, shops and hotels, where designers are working to recreate the feeling comfort and ease which you would normally experience in a home environment. This is most clearly seen in the multiplication of private members' clubs, where a sense of belonging and familiarity is recreated. The workspace is getting a similar face-lift. Many workers are now sharing their environment with like-minded people, with whom they are now eating, exercising and socialising.
The good news is that contemporary offices offer not only superb facilities, a home away from home, and a community of like-minded people, but they do it in style. We are becoming more aware of the impact our environment has on our mood, productivity and health, and it is important that we work in a space we find aesthetically appealing; a place which represents us and the exciting work we do. A place which motivates us and which can inspire our work.
Celine, the founder of Indie & Co. has experienced this first hand, working both at Neuehouse - an excellent co-working space near Madison Square in New York - and Henry Wood House just off Regent Street where we are currently, one of The Office Group's thirty sites spread throughout London.
Following the ethos of designing for start-ups, the Indie & Co. team blended our design aesthetic with the brand identity of a company to create the following space: