Architecture & Design

Colour – It’s all about the right dosage.

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Mainly upbeat signal colours are spotted that stand out in trendy offices by using refreshing accents. Such a welcome change after decades of uniform "harmony". However, the same rule applies to colours and natural stimulants: Colour – It’s all about the right dosage. Too much colour may upset rather than inspire.

Too much colour at the office may be counterproductive and that's ultimately what it's all about: productivity; which is supposed to be enhanced through the right design and colour arrangement of the work environment.
Colourful accents in upbeat colours create – used in the right amount – a dynamic and refreshing atmosphere. Colour is information and emotion, a prime example of communication without words. Colour can – used skilfully – induce certain moods; colour can even be used to manipulate.

Who doesn’t enjoy spotting green nature? Yellow fills the space with light, while orange creates extrovert warmth and light blue is invigorating. The desire for light and colour is one of the strongest emotional human needs.

White – The sum of all colours.

It is refreshing and brings brightness. The trend toward white has emerged in recent years – and continues to dominate all industries. Previously shunned for worktops due to its strong reflective quality, white has been increasingly sought out for the office. Physically, white is the sum of all colours and does not have any negative connotations.

White is the perfect colour which also makes a good contrast for vigorous colours. It is therefore commonly used as both a main colour and a contrast colour. White areas help the eye to view a room or object in its pure form. White creates room and size, brightens up and allows room to breath. It lends exclusivity and drama to spaces or objects. Black against a white background delineates and emphasises form and design. Black and white contrasts help to introduce refreshing accents at the office.

Grey – the perfect base colour.

When black creates too much contrast and white too much glare – grey may offer just the perfect marriage of both. Grey is the characterless colour, not as negative as it perhaps sounds, given that grey is a perfect base colour, a catalyst that creates the perfect setting for its surroundings. Grey is very popular in architecture and interior design, in fashion and in the consumer goods industry. Grey is a very elegant and excellently combinable base colour, especially in a silver or aluminium look. Light grey tones are perfectly suited for worktops. They do not reflect light as strongly as pure white, but are bright and neutral nevertheless. Grey makes surrounding colours accents, enhances the contrast and polarises perception. Further, it becomes an assisting tool for every dimension of interior design. Humans can distinguish five hundred grey tones.

Trend versus office life cycle.

The life cycle of office furnishing reaches ten sometimes even twenty years. Thus, it is neither viable nor economical to respond to short-lived trends. It takes a long time for a new trend to become mainstream in the office furnishing industry – in most cases it is a gradual transition that can take several years. Each new trend is preceded by weariness. Common objects become humdrum and people begin to lose interest. Trends emerge particularly in fast changing industries such as within fashion. Trends that linger tend to later penetrate other industries with longer product cycles. After all, cars and interior design, and even offices seek to appeal to the zeitgeist.

Bene Spectrum – sharper, clearer, contrasting.

Bene has updated its existing colour and material concept for the fall of 2007 by adding new hues and surfaces and expanding design options with exciting accents. A variety of colours, bright white and glossy effects have cast fresh light on our product range. Without light no colours are produced…



Nicole Schemerl-Streben