Fabric should feel natural and soft where possible, and blend with the chosen palette. Avoid making bold color statements with expensive furniture, and choose neutrals for the majority of your furniture pieces to increase longevity.
- Neutral color
- Matte (not shiny)
- Durable and cleanable
- Natural over artificial
(eg. wool over polyester)
- Sustainably sourced and biodegradable
Wood used in Quantcast offices should be as light in color as possible. Avoid finishes that are extra lacquered and dark, red, or yellow in color.
Some good wood options are
- Maple (bleached or natural)
- Light Oak
In areas where there is not enough wall space for sufficient whiteboard walls, rolling whiteboards can be used to add flexibility and convenience to impromptu and casual collaboration.
This type of furniture can easily look cheap or overly academic or corporate, so it is important to source this specific brand and style to ensure quality and keep the right feeling in the space.
Seating should be comfortable, flexible and visually uncomplicated. These lounge chairs can be easily repositioned and even shared, but are also tailored and not sloppy.
All desk chairs should be black. This helps to reduce visual complexity, reduce wear and tear and minimize dirt that shows, while increasing reusability.
It also makes it easier to blend with existing chairs that may come with a space, as well as source additional chairs when needed.
Desks, and any other work surfaces that are designed for focused work (eg. Training Room above), should have white surfaces, for a bright, uniform and minimal feel as well as easy cleaning.
Quantcast has used the x desk system in white in a number of offices, and intends to keep this consistent across all new offices where budget allows.
Communal surfaces such as lunch/bar tables, meeting tables and conference room tables should be (un-lacquered) wood, or another raw material like concrete or stone. This type of surface can help mask water rings and dust, which is a benefit as these surfaces are used more often than they are cleaned. It also helps give a warmer vibe to the spaces they are in.
In lounge areas, (un-lacquered) wood, concrete, stone or dark colored matte metal surfaces are preferred to signal the more casual nature of these spaces and to also help mask water rings and dust.