Indian office interiors are now based on ergonomics

For those who spend maximum time in office, the line between home and office space keeps getting thin with each passing day. This has less to do with the office interiors (that can make you feel at home) and more with the number of hours you spend at your workplace. But with a swift rise in the startups, a whole new generation of young entrepreneurs has come up. And, these young business minds prefer office spaces that are designed keeping in mind the ergonomics, giving way to innovative and interestingly designed offices. Tushar Mittal, the founder and Managing Director of Studiokon Ventures (SKV) - a business interior company, talks to us about what makes the Indian corporate houses look so dreary, the difference between interiors of Indian offices and their western counterparts and the future of corporate designs. The difference between the corporate interiors trends in India and in the West! When it comes to designing an office, I believe, west gives more importance to the comfort of employees than India. In the west, offices are also designed to be more democratic in appearance so that managers and executives share workstations. There are less 'cabin' hierarchies despite the people being more formal. Apart from office designs in the realm of the culture of corporate houses also there are many differences. I believe many (not all) Indian corporate houses still treat employees as replaceable their customers as the first priority. But it is the other way in the west where employees are considered equally important as the clients. Employees form the backbone of any organization on that side of the world. Even with the largest youth population Indian corporate houses look dreary. Why? Most of the Indian corporate houses (most of them run by family businesses) consider it invaluable to invest on improving office designs. They are led and run by unimaginative business enthusiasts. However, in recent years with the emergence of the startup culture led by young and enterprising entrepreneurs, who bring with them out of the box thinking, this trend is rapidly changing. So, what are the latest 'young' trends in the world of business interiors? Since the design, appearance and comfort of office space also play an important role in employee's happiness, today, offices are giving special emphasis on workplace design to attract new talent and keep the employees happy. There is greater realization that gloomy designs, windowless cramped offices and unimaginative desk spaces add to employee frustration and affect productivity.Are the industry trends changing? What is the demand of corporate houses nowadays? The surge in numbers of young first generation entrepreneurs with Startup India, a new wave of thinking is changing the industry trends. Many of them have travelled across the world and have worked in international environments, getting exposure from diverse countries and industries. Some of them give special focus to make their offices look different and attractive and have employee-friendly initiatives such as libraries, gymnasiums, snack centres within the office space. For example, demand for innovative and flexible work stations has become important. Also, a lot of attention is also paid to the need for ergonomics to be taken into account while designing offices. I believe in designs which are impeccable. Every design should reflect the personality of the brand. This is typically a combination of the owner's personal vibe and that of the employees. Colors or no colors - What does India demands? Today, corporate houses in both - India as well as the west - demand greater use of colors and hues in office designs. Borders are more porous today and since entrepreneurs travel a lot these days, they bring with them ideas from other countries and markets. Light color hues are in demand as they help convey a sense of calm, airiness, and openness. Cool shades of green, blue and purple are often associated with providing a relaxing and an inviting environment, while warm shades of yellow, orange and red are often associated with warmth and creativity. Few corporate houses also believe in using bold and bright colors. What does your dream office looks like? My dream office would be warm, bright - and maybe by a swimming pool. I want to follow a code which gives fully open space, and support privacy and security to all. A great view from the office is on the list of ideal features. The best corporate space that you have designed till now...