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30 January 2017

Tom Polucci on How Modern Workplace Designs Reflect a Collegiate Atmosphere

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Bisnow recently hosted an event in Chicago exploring how workers will continue to drive innovation in office design.

Polucci-TomTom Polucci, director of interiors for HOK in New York, said the mix of work and resting spaces in today’s modern offices is reminiscent of being in college. It’s all about being flexible and allowing workers to function across multiple teams. Polucci warned about the ‘HGTV effect’ when it comes to today’s office furniture, though. He said that designers need to convince clients that furniture budgets need to be higher because the furniture is shaping the office space, and you can’t cut corners on that just because you saw a chair or a couch at a rock-bottom cost on a design show.”