/Carla Turk

About Carla Turk

What Carla likes most about interior design is having the opportunity to create spaces that speaks the company's brand, and improve their workflow. She loves reading about workplace trends, color psychology and keeps abreast with the latest furniture introductions and how it supports the workplace.

Conference Room Not Working? 5 Ways to Reimagine It

Big celebrations, company-wide announcements and executive meetings are popular examples of when conference rooms are used. But too often, and increasingly, 2 or 3 people book these rooms for private meeting spaces, creating a shortage of reservable spaces and fueling the race to find available conference rooms. Sound familiar? If you've experienced this in your own workplace, here's what to do about it:

By | February 1st, 2017|Workplaces|

Bring Your Favorite Place to the Office

A lounge chair by the fireplace. The local bar. Your home kitchen. These are some of our favorite places — places that remind us of good times, relaxing and enjoying life. They encourage authenticity and bring us together to build relationships. So why not bring those favorite places to the office? Designers like myself believe building relationships in the workplace follows the

By | January 10th, 2017|Workplaces|

How to Brand your Workplace in 6 Easy Steps

If culture is the inward expression of a company, branding is the outward demonstration of a company's DNA.  Branding and culture exist side-by-side, so having a branded workplace is vital to defining that culture. A branded workplace should support business goals, attract and retain talent, improve productivity and encourage collaboration. But branding a space goes beyond simply adding a logo; it extends

By | October 21st, 2016|Workplaces|

Want to Boost Innovation? Make it Easier for your Team to Connect.

Workplaces everywhere are setting the stage for innovation by placing renewed emphasis on developing startup culture through team building, great perks and inspiring workplaces. At the core of these efforts is the recognition that social interactions and organic connections cultivate a collaborative culture that can lead to creative thinking. With intentional planning and thoughtful design, workplaces can take steps to promote the kinds of natural interactions needed for

By | August 16th, 2016|Workplaces|

Top 4 Design Trends at NeoCon 2016

NeoCon, one of the most recognized commercial tradeshows featuring furniture, surface materials and lighting, has been a yearly trek for me since starting in the industry. NeoCon showcases current design trends from top companies and emerging businesses looking to gain traction in the marketplace. This year's design theme was undeniably the presence of vignettes. Sometimes called "ancillary" furniture or "third spaces," vignettes are residential and warm,

By | July 7th, 2016|Workplaces|

4 Sure-Fire Ways to Build a Progressive Workplace

In the workplace, some furniture is designed to make your office functional. A desk, ergonomic office chair and conference room are typical components of a typical office. Just bring your computer and you're in business, right? But typical spaces don't do much heavy lifting when it comes to attracting top talent, retaining rockstars, keeping your team engaged or inspiring the next generation of innovators and

By | May 3rd, 2016|Workplaces|

Nature in the Workplace: 6 Ways To Do It Well

Bringing nature into the workplace is not only a beautiful design element, but has been shown to reduce stress, minimize illness and enhance employee wellbeing. Whether your workplace has green spaces inside or access to green spaces outside, the impact is overwhelmingly positive. There are at least two factors that have influenced this focus on green offices: Years ago, workplace design pushed

By | April 14th, 2016|Wellbeing, Workplaces|

How to Design a Killer Game Room in the Office

Entrepreneurs set on grabbing top talent and injecting their company with startup culture often start by creating spaces to have fun with their teams. They want to create a workplace that projects a sense of passion and puts their personality on display. They want to differentiate themselves from the startup down the street and larger companies drawing from the same talent pool, and

By | March 8th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Workplaces|

7 Easy Ways to Create New Gathering Spaces in the Office

Just as changing seasons motivate us to change our furniture arrangements at home, our workplace routines, floor plans and layouts often have to change, too. Multi-generational considerations, the pressure to innovate, and the need to attract and retain talent are forcing companies to better understand the importance of collaboration and the necessity of wellbeing in their office designs. To meet these needs,

By | February 4th, 2016|Workplaces|

8 Ways to Increase Wellbeing at the Office

Though ergonomics and sustainability have long been influencing workplace design, wellbeing is the most recent consideration making headlines when planning your space. Wellbeing is a holistic design focusing on the user, aiming to encourage healthy living by providing wellness programs, social interaction and supporting cognitive activities. Why Wellbeing? Healthy living is encouraged because it has been shown to directly impact productivity and creativity. But

By | January 7th, 2016|Wellbeing, Workplaces|

9 Simple Ways to Update your Office

You work in your office every day—but is your office really working for you? As the calendar year draws to a close, it's a good time to reevaluate your productivity levels, personal wellbeing and office culture, and make adjustments where necessary. A key component to boosting productivity, impacting culture and improving wellbeing includes updating your workplace. Your space matters, and has a direct impact on employee engagement,

By | December 1st, 2015|Workplaces|

9 Simple Ways to Encourage Collaboration

We all know that collaboration happens when two or more people get together to generate creative solutions, meet a goal or solve a problem. Companies encourage collaboration because it leads to innovation, produces bigger ideas and often more creative solutions—but do we know how to encourage collaboration? Start with a great workplace that integrates different types of zones for different tasks: quiet, private, fun and

By | October 6th, 2015|Productivity|

BOX Studios Talks Office Culture and the Road to Success

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Ferdinand Dimailig, Principal of BOX Studios Chicago, at their new downtown office location. With close to 25 years of experience and as co-leader of a rapidly expanding studio, he knows a thing or two about office culture, great design and how to find success. From the basement to Michigan Ave The first five years was all

By | August 25th, 2015|Startup Culture|

19 Design Elements Spotted at Neocon

Two weeks ago, NeoCon, the most recognized and attended trade show in the contract furniture industry, descended on Chicago. NeoCon showcases products, trends and innovative solutions for commercial interiors, generating thousands of visitors and incredible foot traffic in the city's historic Merchandise Mart. This year saw several design elements carried throughout the carpet, textile and furniture showrooms. These design elements support the bigger ideas we've been

By | July 2nd, 2015|Workplaces|

3 Workplace Trends on the Rise

Walking through the Chicago Loop each morning has helped me identify three workplace trends on the rise within the design industry. I spend a lot of time observing architecture, noting how old, traditional finishes meet new ones and mingle with technology. And as I peer into offices, I've noticed that fitness centers are often available within office buildings, and that designers

By | June 23rd, 2015|Workplaces|

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