Displaying office art in your space is a unique business decision. More than just supporting the bottom line, using art to enliven a sterile work environment is a cultural investment into a firm’s ethos, employees, customers, visitors and surrounding community.
There’s no longer any question that office art like office wall decor increases the happiness, health and productivity of workers. A study by Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that workers in spaces enriched by art were 17% more productive than workers in sterile spaces. Productivity increased even further in spaces where employees helped curate the work office decor. The study also found that art helped companies address the challenges of reducing stress, increasing creativity and encouraging the expression of opinions broadly among workers.
Art can spark conversations and forge relationships. Art can spur creativity and new modes of thinking. Pondering a piece of art can offer a rejuvenating break from mundane tasks. Discussing art with strangers can spawn work-based friendships that are proven to enhance professional satisfaction. Most potently, art in the workplace symbolizes a firm’s dedication to the enrichment that personal expression brings to all who pass by.
The German firm Deutsche Bank owns the largest corporate art collection in the world. The 57,000 piece collection began in 1979 and has grown exponentially with the bank itself. Each floor of their New York headquarters is dedicated to a different artistic theme. One floor is completely adorned with photographs; another features drawings by sculptors; another is dedicated to the human figure. Downstairs exhibitions offer a sophisticated environment where staff can host guests. The collection’s crown jewel is a piece by Gerhard Richter, “Abstrakt Bild (faust),” that hangs in the lobby of the bank’s Wall Street building. The three colossal canvasses, with swirls of pinks and yellows, welcomes visitors and sets an enlivening mood to all who enter the building.
The intangible benefits of art for offices are proven and widespread. Office wall decor invigorates its workers, impresses clients, and if open to the public, can unite a surrounding community. A dedication to art separates a company from its competition and imbues it choosing the right art for your specific workspace is not only fun, but it’s crucial to creating the specific effect that will benefit your company.
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