Danish, Human-Centered Approach to Interior Design

Our human-centred design is based on proven techniques that deliver a healthier, more inspiring, and productive work environments

Why Danish?

Denmark enjoys a famously high standard of living, occupying the 4th spot in the worldwide human development index. With an economy largely based on high-tech industries, including pharmaceuticals, shipping, and renewable energy, Denmark’s productivity index reached an all-time high in 2014, exceeding the North American levels.*

High-tech dominance means that most of Denmark’s business is handled within enclosed office spaces, bringing to mind a typically dull and lifeless cubicle. But not in Denmark. One of the reasons for high productivity is the physical environment at many Danish offices, with a design culture emphasizing employee well-being and accommodation for the individual productivity cycles.

We’re fortunate to be able to share this approach with the Canadian companies that believe their staff are a vital part of their business. We’ve taken the best of what the Danish physical science and design have to offer, blended it with the North American business philosophy, and came up with the Office Alive Advantage.

* Source: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/denmark/productivity

We create ‘ARBEJDSGLÆDE’ – joyful workspaces where people thrive and perform

Office Alive Principles

Create a space that…

  • Establishes a connection to nature (use of plants, plenty of natural light, good air quality and flow, integration of natural materials)
  • Stimulates and energizes (use of colour, relaxation areas, branding for visual reinforcement of mission and objectives)
  • Fosters ‘out of the box’ thinking (intentionally designed spaces, clutter-free environment)
  • Nudges the staff to healthy behavior (methods are unique to each space and business)

Office Alive Goals

  • Increase staff productivity and focus
  • Encourage a more dynamic employee interaction
  • Strengthen and clarify signal value 
  • Optimize innovation and learning
  • Minimize visual and auditory distractions
  • Create a healthy and energizing work environment

Office Alive Advantage

Office Alive Advantage combats the Dead Office Syndrome (DOS)

The DOS leads to employee absenteeism, high turnover, and decreased productivity – all are significant threats to the bottom line that can bring down a company.

In dealing with the Dead Office Syndrome, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why we begin every project with a 90-minute Vision session. We meet with the company management and get to know your business, your ambitions, business goals, and how your current environment matches your self-image. We then craft a tailor-made solution based on our Office Alive principles.

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