Designing office space, the Design Radiance way

Design Radiance, a professionally managed interior design firm in India, offers a slew of practical tips as to how to design the office space. The trio: Rishu Anand, Jasvir Singh and Dixit Gandhi, gave travail of new revolution in the field of entrepreneurship. The inception of the firm was natural evolution for all the three members. Having Pervasive experience in wide variety of projects such as Offices, Showrooms, Hotels, Spas and Restaurants, they also have different management roles to play apart from conceptualising the projects they undertake.
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The venture was started in 2006. The conception of the firm, was a natural transfiguration of all three like-minded individuals. Today, Design Radiance works with host of Indian and overseas patrons which includes Projects of Corporate Interiors, hospitality and retails. The firm provides versatile, innovative and complete solutions for the interiors and exteriors. Design Radiance started its business with incipient investment of Rs 150,000. Today it has a team of 15 people working closely on Interior Design projects ranging from 1,000-40,000 square feet size in Corporate, Retail and Hospitality Sectors.
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The design radiance affirm that people’s environments precedence their quality of life at work, home and play. Work amalgamates the social aspects of today’s life and blends them assonantly with Interior elements that create an environment that reflects the client’s vision. The focus and objective is to “Design to Sell” tailoring each space to best suit the product or service offered by creating a back drop that allows the product to shine. The Design Radiance works very closely with the clients which makes the extremity for communication errors to miserly. Deliverability of the projects on time with quality insured.
Trio
Jasvir Singh is the Co-Founder. He is an idealistic Entrepreneur with vast experience in the industry. His innovative marketing skills and extensive business strategies help the brand to position itself in overnight mushrooming in the interior designing sector.  Jasvir holds a diploma in interior design in 2003. He did his practice under a Delhi based Design Firm, “Architect Vistasp and Associates.”, for the period of 3.5 years. During that period, he was associated with projects like Toyota Corporate office, Kuoni Corporate office, Delta Corporate office, Heritage village resort, KTPL office, Select group office, Spriredge office, Sprireworld office, PepsiCo office etc. Jasvir also tackles the crucial aspects of Marketing/Client servicing apart from the Design Developments.
Dixit Gandhi is also the Co- Founder. He is a futuristic entrepreneur with immense experience obtaining a diploma in interior design in the year 2003. He did his practice under a Delhi based Design firm Image Brickworks Pvt Ltd for a period of two Years. During that period he was associated with projects like Indian Embassy in Geneva, Residences at Kautilya Marg & Malcha Marg, Pranab Mukherjee’s office at south block and farmhouses. He has also worked with Total Integrated Design Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon for a period of one year. During that period, where as he was associated with projects like Keys hotel, Bangalore Hosur & whitefield, Fortune hotel-Sohna road. Dixit looks after the Project management/market survey and Design Development. In a very short span, he has undertaken and delivered various corporate offices and showrooms projects with his unconventional approach.
Rishu, one of the Co-Founder and business head among the three of Design Radiance, is self motivated and visionary entrepreneur with extensive experience in the industry. As a business head, he looks after business expansions and day to day operations of the firm. Rishu holds a diploma in interior design in 2003. He did his practice under a Delhi based design firm Dimension Designers Private Ltd. For a period of 2.5 years, during the period of practice he was associated with the projects like The Grand Great Eastern Hotel, Kolkata (five star hotel project), Havells Corporate office, Daikin India corporate office. Rishu is also responsible for Design Development and daily administration and operations of the organisation since the inception. Combined experience and knowledge of three of them in the industry is taking Design Radiance to another height.

Projects
Projects implemented by the threesome includes Sc Johnson India’s corporate office (25,000 square feet), Japan Airlines Corporate office (4000 sq ft); Tempur Pedic Mattress’ Stores – Pan India (1,000-3,000 sqft), Sealy Posturepedic Mattress’ Stores – Pan India (1000-3000 sqft); AZB & Partners’ regional office (5000 sqft); Green Lounge banquets (35,000 sqft); Waves Reda Spa (9,500 sqft), Hermen Miller & Rational kitchen store (7,000 sqft); Springwel Mattress’ stores – pan India (500-1500 sqft) and Dialma Brown Store (5,500 sqft).
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In a free-wheeling chat, Rishu Anand speaks to Jayashankar Menon about how to design the office space.

JM: How to design an office space?
RA: An office is a place where we spend the major portion of the time we remain awake in a day and for five days in a week. The working condition and environment of offices directly affect the productivity, mental well-being and general health as well as the interaction of a person with their friends and family at the end of the day. So, just like our homes, an office should be carefully designed to obtain both aesthetics and functionality.
An office is a place where we spend the major portion of the time we remain awake in a day and for five days in a week. The working condition and environment of offices directly affect the productivity, mental well-being and general health as well as the interaction of a person with their friends and family at the end of the day. So, just like our homes, an office should be carefully designed to obtain both aesthetics and functionality.

JM: What are the main areas that need to be looked into while setting up an office?
RA: Flooring, ceiling, lighting, office furniture and pantry are the main areas, we need to focus on while setting up an office.

JM: Can you elaborate on the flooring aspect?
RA: Floor material in an office should be carefully designed as it subject to more wear and tear. The floor material should be wear resistant. There are so many types of flooring out there – from various woods such as oak, maple, pine, walnut, fir, cherry, eucalyptus and bamboo floors to laminated flooring, cork, carpet, tiles, linoleum, stone and more.

JM: Also shed some light on ceiling design and its impact?
RA: The ceiling design can have a huge impact on the spaces below and the office interior decoration. False ceilings are an efficient way of hiding unsightly ducting, cabling, wiring and fixtures. It also helps in reducing ambient noise. One of the major benefits of false ceilings is the plethora of ceiling design opportunities it open.

JM: How about lighting?
RA: Instead of giving everyone the same 30-50 foot-candles of illumination, light can be assigned to certain tasks.  And these lights can be zone Controlled. Poor lighting can dampen morale, produce eyestrain and headaches, and ultimately impair your ability to work effectively. In short, it always pays to pay close attention to work space illumination.

JM: What kind of furnishing is required to set up a professional office?
RA: In office furniture you require a lot thinks. The most basic office furniture that you will need is a desk and a chair. File cabinet, if filing paper documents will be part of your office operation, then filing cabinets will be part of your office furniture. Storage cabinet and shelves, storing paper files requires file cabinets. Storing everything else requires storage cabinets and shelving units. Tables and counter tops, Filing, typing, answering the phone and taking orders are all part of general office work. But there may be other work that can’t be accomplished at a desk or the work causes disturbances in the general office area. Meeting and conference room furnishing, Meetings and conferences held at your business will require office space and furnishings.

JM: What role does a pantry play in a modern office?
RA: For offices that can afford the space, a clean well designed and pleasant looking cafeteria or canteen will help employees relax. The office pantry should be a comfortable place for your employees to refresh, eat and get ready for the second part of their shift.

JM: A clean rest room is a prerequisite in an office space, right? Your take on the same…
RA: A rest room need not be exotic, but they do have to be adequate in number for the staff employed and they have to be clean. They should have tiled surface, preferably in light plain shades which are not overpowering and which cannot be scrubbed down easily. Separate toilets for men and women are mandatory to a given number of employees.

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