Some architecture and interior design trends should just go away.

While every building and workspace is tied to the era in which it was designed, following trends too closely can make a project look dated. We polled the PlanForce staff of Minneapolis architects and interior designers to see which design trends they will be all too happy to see die. Here’s what they had to say:

Rendering of Case Building renovation

The Minneapolis-St. Paul commercial real estate market is really competitive right now, with a whopping 1.6 million square feet of new space under construction to meet the growing demand. But not just any space will do. Tenants are focused on specific building amenities to help drive their leasing decisions.

Workspace design for Minnesota Board of Cosmetology

To make the most of your office footprint, create spaces that can be utilized in more than one way and work to get the relationships right between each of the different spaces.

Interior Design as Business Therapy

The title on my business card and the sign above the door say that I am a commercial interior designer, and this is certainly true. Some days, however, I am as much of a therapist as a designer.

ADA Survey Results Image

What should building owners be aware of, either before they get an ADA-related lawsuit, or in the unfortunate case where they do?

The right workspace graphics can help improve worker performance

  Historically, most offices have been decorated with art chosen to match the aesthetic tastes of the company owner. While some of this art was good and made the office a pleasant place to work, much of it could most charitably be described as “inoffensive.” Regardless of the quality, however, recent advances in behavioral science…

PlanForce designers and technicians examine architectural drawings

Steve Jobs famously said that design is “not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” I was reminded of that quote recently when faced with a sticky tenant improvement challenge in an office build-out. The big challenge was that the current classification of the building would make it prohibitively…

Office interior design rendering created with Building Information Management (BIM) system

Over the past several years, the architecture and commercial interiors industry has been making a shift from using traditional, two-dimensional CAD systems to three-dimensional Building Information Management (BIM) systems like Revit. Most clients view the major benefit of this change in the ability to really start seeing the space and how it’s developing. With a…

10400 Viking Drive Office Lobby Interior Design

In the past, office lobbies served as little more than a bank of elevators and a front door — a passageway between the sidewalk and your tenants’ desks. But today’s tenants want to work in a building that is both functional and attractive. In the current aggressive office market, many landlords find that designing common…

Erbert & Gerberts Restaurant Architecture

 Drafters like me aren’t very interesting. We spend a lot of time with our heads down, drawing the details of commercial architecture and interiors projects. Everything from floor plans to elevations to wall sections — and lots and lots of details. All of the details needed to convey to the contractor what’s going on….

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