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The Subtle Art of Making a Workspace Your Own

Imagine stepping into an office where each desk, rather than marching in monotonous uniformity, sings a different tune. One corner sports a vibrant splash of family photos and postcards from far-flung places, while another hosts a zen garden, complete with miniature rake and serene rock formations.

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Office Design

Gamifying the Workplace: The Power of Leaderboards

In the landscape of corporate performance enhancement, a novel concept has gained traction: gamification. Integrating game elements such as points, badges, and leaderboards into work environments is being touted as a groundbreaking strategy to boost employee engagement and productivity.

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Interior Design

Designing for All: Universal Design and the Future of Office Spaces

Imagine an office that intuitively welcomes everyone. It doesn’t scream “accommodation” or highlight differences; instead, it operates on a philosophy so seamless that an outsider might never notice its intent. This is the ethos of universal design—a methodology that enhances the functionality of an office for all potential users, making them feel equally valued, regardless of age, size, ability, or other factors.

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Natural Light in Office Design
Interior Design

The Science of Natural Light in Office Design: Enhancing Productivity & Mood

In the intricate dance of office design, where every square centimetre and chosen fitting can subconsciously cue you to feel and perform differently, there lies an under-appreciated hero: natural light. By combining architectural expertise with psychological understanding, we explore how natural light in the workplace goes beyond mere brightness—it’s about shaping how we think, feel, and perform.

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Office

The Case for the Office in a Post-Pandemic World: A Manifesto for Bringing People Back

In the post-pandemic landscape, the office has languished as a forgotten relic while the world has embraced restaurants, concerts, and global travel with renewed zest. Despite eager calls from leadership for a return to the nine-to-five, desks remain empty, and conference rooms echo with the ghostly clicks of past presentations. Yet, the potential of the physical office remains significant—an untapped resource in an era desperate for connection and innovation.

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Adaptive Reuse in Commercial Design
Interior Design

Adaptive Reuse in Commercial Design: Breathing New Life into Old Spaces

In an era where sustainability intersects with innovative design, adaptive reuse emerges as a compelling strategy in commercial architecture. This approach involves repurposing old industrial or commercial buildings into vibrant, functional spaces, breathing new life into structures that might otherwise be neglected. As businesses increasingly value uniqueness and historical character, adaptive reuse projects offer an opportunity to create distinctive and inspiring office environments.

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Finding Flow
Office Design

Finding Flow: Designing Offices for Peak Performance

In the constantly evolving world of workplace design, there’s been a significant shift towards creating spaces that not only inspire but also foster the elusive state of “flow.” This concept, once primarily associated with artists and athletes, is now recognised as the pinnacle of productivity and well-being in the contemporary office environment.

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The Gestalt Principles in Office Design
Interior Design

The Gestalt Principles in Office Design

The human mind excels in identifying patterns, always searching for organisation and meaning in our surroundings. This natural inclination is the reason we see faces in the clouds or recognise common forms amidst nature’s irregularities — our brains are programmed to impose structure on disorder.
This intriguing feature of human observation is central to the study of Gestalt psychology, which investigates the way we perceive and arrange the visual information around us.

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Envy Office Design
Interior Design

The Envy Office: Where Work Meets Wow Factor

In today’s shake-up of the corporate scene, the traditional, yawn-inducing office doesn’t cut it for the swipe-right, Instagram-loving workforce. Enter the ‘Envy Office’—a chic, selfie-worthy workspace designed to not just lure young professionals back but to make them never want to leave.

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Interior Design

First a Pencil, Then the World!

In the arena of interior design, there’s an understated elegance to starting with the humble pencil sketch before venturing into the digital realm with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). This initial step, rooted in tradition, holds its ground as a crucial part of the creative process, despite the technological leaps in design tools.

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Office Interior Design Trends 2024
Interior Design

Office Interior Design Trends for 2024

As we enter the year 2024, there will be significant changes in office design. The highly anticipated “Great Return to Work” is altering our understanding and creation of workspaces. This article explores the shifting landscape and important trends that will shape office interiors in the upcoming year.

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Office Acoustics
Productivity

Optimising Office Acoustics for Productivity and Well-Being

The sound quality of an office might not always be the first thing you consider, but it is crucial in shaping an optimal and efficient workspace. The acoustics of your workplace can greatly influence how you and your coworkers function, interact, and, most importantly, affect your general wellness.

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The social costs of remote working
Productivity

The Social Costs of Remote Working – An Analysis

Undoubtedly, there have been social issues accompanying the shift to remote work. This article discusses the potential for both success and drawbacks in remote working, particularly concerning the potential impact on work-life balance when the boundaries between work and personal life become unclear.

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Strategies for Inclusive Collaboration in Hybrid Meetings
Productivity

5 Strategies for Inclusive Collaboration in Hybrid Meetings

In today’s workplace, hybrid meetings have become commonplace, blending in-person and remote participation. While these meetings offer flexibility, they also bring challenges related to inclusivity. In this article we look at 5 steps you can take to ensure your hybrid meetings are both successful and inclusive.

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How to Negotiate the Best Commercial Office Lease
Commercial Leasing

How to Negotiate the Best Commercial Office Lease

Contour Interiors presents a comprehensive guide to the often time-consuming and complex issue of commercial leases. In this How-To guide, Contour outlines the critical areas you must cover in order to save time and money, and how your new office fitout can be included in a new prospective lease.

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workplace mental health
Productivity

Workplace Mental Health

In this article, we’ll explore the significance of workplace mental health, its impact on productivity, and provide practical strategies to foster a mentally healthy work environment. Join us as we leverage Contour Interiors’ experience and expertise to create workspaces that inspire creativity, collaboration, and support the mental well-being of your employees.

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how to master hybrid meetings
Productivity

Mastering the Art of Hybrid Meetings

In the modern world of work – especially post-Covid – hybrid meetings have become increasingly common. This can create challenges in terms of communication, engagement, and productivity. Here are some tips from Contour Interiors for running effective hybrid meetings between home and remote workers.

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esg in the workplace
Productivity

ESG’s Role in the Workplace

In recent years, ESG has become an increasingly important factor in influencing workplace decisions. ESG, which stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, is a set of criteria used to measure the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment or business.

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Sustainability in the Workplace
Workplace Design

Sustainability in the Workplace

In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability, with individuals, companies, and governments alike recognising the need to take action to protect our planet. One area where sustainability is particularly important in the workplace. Here’s why it matters and how your company can achieve it.

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office fitout
Office Design

How to Achieve the Ultimate Office Fitout

If you’re looking for an office space that fulfils your true wants and needs as a company, you need to make sure you cover every angle. What you need is an office space that reflects your brand as a company, fulfils the needs of the company, and inspires and invigorates your workforce.

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Contour Blog - How Do I Make an Office Relocation Plan?
Office

How Do I Make an Office Relocation Plan?

Here are some common sense precautions to take with your next office relocation project – especially when it comes to timing. Making a comprehensive office relocation plan is all about time invested, deadlines, and pre-preparation… Let us clue you in.

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Open Plan Offices
Workplace Design

The Good, The Bad and Open Plan Offices

The modern office has evolved to adapt to the different ways that individuals like to work. Many companies have been re-evaluating their position on open-plan offices to consider whether this type of office layout is the best overall for workplace productivity.

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Workplace Strategy Post Covid
Workspace

Workplace Strategy in the Post Covid Era

Workplace strategy has evolved from a metric mechanism to one which is an integral part of the development around business, talent and the broader economy — a conversation often driven by headlines focused on place, ways of working and flexibility. The world has reshaped and workplaces have flipped from the traditional view of an assigned desk within a heavy siloed workplace.

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How much office space do I need
Workplace Design

How Much Office Space Do I Need?

Finding or searching for the appropriate amount of office space is critical for growing businesses. How much workspace is required is dictated very much by the direction and strategy of an organisation, rather than a ‘cookie-cutter’ solution.

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Office Workplace Ergonomics Australia
Productivity

The Importance of Workplace Ergonomics in an Office

The goal of applying ergonomics in the workplace is to enhance product design and the layout of workstations in order to reduce the negative effects of exhaustion, fatigue, and minor injuries. Ergonomically designed workstations reduce the likelihood of experiencing pain in the muscles and joints as well as the likelihood of straining and slouching, both of which can be contributors to the development of more serious health issues. In this article we examine the many benefits of workplace economics and how they can be applied holistically as part of a workplace strategy.

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Collaborative Workplaces
Workplace Design

The Many Benefits of Collaborative Workplaces

Collaborative workplaces have a myriad of benefits. When colleagues work together effectively, they get the opportunity to share their own knowledge, experience, and skills. This provides employees with the opportunity to discuss their own processes, and it makes them feel as though they are an integral part of the team. This article discusses collaborative workplaces, and the advantages of cross-functional teams and the resultant increased productivity.

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Productivity

The Great Resignation Australia Had to Have?

The COVID-19 pandemic left most employees rethinking their jobs. While the cost of living keeps rising, their wages remain as is. In comparison to other companies and employers, they get lower pay, less opportunities, and a lack of work-life balance that continue to affect employees. More personal reasons like feeling disrespected at work, having childcare issues (for those who have children), being provided with bad or insufficient benefits, wanting to relocate to a different area, and even employers requiring COVID-19 vaccines contribute to the “quit rate”.

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Productivity

Workplace Strategy – the Critical Step in the Return to Work

Workplace Strategy is a terminology increasingly used in business circles as organisations grapple with post-covid ways of working and an understanding of the ‘new normal’ workplace. To get the most out of any strategy piece, it is hugely important to understand what workplace strategy is, and the factors that actually make it an effective business tool.

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Office Design

Modern Office Fit Out Ideas in the Post-Pandemic Workplace

By now, we’ve all heard of the term “modern office” when talking about companies opening their doors and welcoming back employees. Business owners and commercial interior designers have been working hand-in-hand to identify modern office fit out ideas that would best benefit professional office spaces and the people it accommodates.

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Interior Design

Office Interior Design Ideas in Australia 2022

COVID-19 has turned the work life of most professionals on its head, reshaping our mindset on how we do our jobs, and more importantly, where. Employers have tested different ways to effectively implement flexible work, considering the need of employees to work remotely. In line with this, they’ve also started rethinking and preparing the office for when the workforce starts reporting on-site, especially since there’s a necessity for companies to accommodate ever-changing workplace best practices in the new normal.

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The Importance of Retaining Talent in 2022

Over the past couple of years, the workplace has changed exponentially. In 2022, employers are having to rethink and reshape their policies to accommodate the priority changes of employees in order to attract and retain valuable talent.

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The Role of Technology in the Modern Workplace
Productivity

The Role of Technology in the Modern Workplace

COVID-19 fundamentally modified how businesses operate and professionals work, compelling millions of people to work from home. Technology’s vital part in the workplace is well-recognised, but the pandemic presented unexpected challenges that brought upon new possibilities in this space.

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Workplace Design

Workplaces of the Future

COVID-19 has provided numerous challenges to the public, businesses, and governments. Companies all across the world acted as quickly as they could to keep employees safe while ensuring business continuity despite all restrictions on movement and stay at home orders. In this article we examine the Workplaces of the Future.

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Legal Workplace Fitouts Post Covid | Contour Interiors
Productivity

The Future of the Legal Workplace

Like almost every industry, the legal profession has encountered numerous difficulties during the global pandemic brought about by COVID-19. Some of these challenges include transitioning to remote work, converting to remote litigation, and facing higher competition for talent.

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Charles River | Blog Entry | Contour Interiors

Charles River

Charles River Development in Melbourne – a recent project video and testimonial. Charles River is a global software platform that enables sound and efficient investing across all asset classes.

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Fulton Hogan | Blog Entry | Contour Interiors

Fulton Hogan

Contour was contracted to undertake the fit out project for Fulton Hogan’s new Mile End, SA offices. Hear what they have to say about it.

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