In recent years office design trends have shifted dramatically, and with Dubai being a global business hub, the need for Interior Design companies has never been more prominent. However, not all companies are created equal, and while Dubai hosts some of the most talented designer teams in the world, it is important to choose one that will reflect your business goals as well as incorporating modern standards that will solidify growth and positive change. Below is a list of things to look for when considering which interior design team should complete your new office fit-out. 1) ONE-STOP SHOP To save you time and money, it is best to go for a company that can complete all jobs required. This type of design is referred to as a ‘Turnkey’. This means your design company is capable of providing everything from initial design to construction, as well as the finishing touches like furniture, lighting, décor, etc. Regardless of whether you are interested in a full-fit out, a company with these capabilities will be experienced in working with a tight time schedule and budgets, which will ensure a quick turn-around with little time wasted turning your office-space into a modern oasis. 2) EXPERIENCE A good reputation comes from experience. A company that has been able to withstand the ever-changing design market can be trusted to know the current trends and the benefits of them. Knowledge of the design climate translates to a more efficient and specialized production from conception to completion. Ask potential designers for an example of previous work – including sizes, styles, budgets and sectors. Most portfolio’s should be available for a preview on their website. Gauge your goal and vision in comparison to their specialty. 3) WELL & LEED BUILDING STANDARDS WELL Standards are rapidly gaining prominence in Dubai, and the benefits of these sustainable and human-centric designs have been proven to increase employee productivity, engagement and retention WELL focuses on 7 elements: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Water, Comfort, & Mind. These standards cover everything from exercise to mindful eating, natural light, and ergonomic furniture. WELL & LEED are pioneering the office design industry and benefiting both employees and the environment. 4) VALUE FOR MONEY You get what you pay for. Whilst every designer can accommodate a variety of different budgets, it is important to find a company that can provide a valuable experience. Office design has become so vital to the success of a business, cutting corners is not suggested. Find out what the designer can offer you, and make sure you will receive the best your money can buy – Are the chairs conducive to comfort and of the highest quality possible? Will the space encourage conversation and a positive attitude amongst employees? How long is the turn-around time? These are all elements that should be discussed in the budget. 5) PROJECT DIVERSTY Designing an office space is about developing the brand aesthetics as much as it is adhering to building standards. Finding a company that can cater to a brand’s ethos and core values is essential to the success of a business’ interior design. Assessing portfolios should include taking a close look at how well clients were represented in the designs. A good designer is adaptable and intuitive. Dubai is equipped with the relevant tools to help create the perfect workplace. As WELL Standards lead the way for a brighter future for employees and offices alike, Interior Designers will lead Dubai into a more modern and sustainable business world.
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