Detail in Contemporary Office Design

By Drew Plunkett and Olga Reid

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  • Hardback with DVD
  • 400 color illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 11½ x 9⅞ ins
  • ISBN 9781780673400
  • Published May 2014

Office design has changed significantly over the last few years and is now one of the most innovative areas of interior design.

It used to be the case that only the public spaces of an office were creatively designed, but increasingly the staff areas are seen as key reflections of the company brand as well. In more radical offices, there is also a growing belief in the importance of work areas as social spaces and a blurring of the distinction between work and recreation.

This book explores in detail 42 of the best recent office design schemes, featuring projects from leading architects around the world. Each project includes photographs as well as detailed drawings and plans, where appropriate, in addition to informative text describing the design concept and process. A bonus CD contains drawings featured in the book, in both eps and dwg (generic CAD) formats.

About the Author

Drew Plunkett was Head of the Department of Interior Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981 he has practised as an interior designer based in London and Glasgow. He is also active as an exhibitor, curator and critical writer. He is the author of Drawing for Interior Design (2009).

Olga Reid is a practising interior designer at Urban Salon, London.

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