Welcome back, truthseekers. Today we’re going to be speaking on the progenitor of the sickness of modern man: the collapse of aesthetics.
In particular, I’m talking about how gosh darn UGLY everything is in modern life. Buildings, landscapes, art, even furniture is not exempted from this; everywhere we turn, we are faced with an ugliness that would be alien to anyone born before the 1950’s.
A quick walk through a modern city block would give you everything you need to know about the general degradation of aesthetics in the west. The buildings that surround you are either lifeless behemoths of glass and steel or cookie-cutter apartment complexes and housing, all bereft of any sort of meaningful character or identity – you can walk down almost any city street from Budapest to Los Angeles and not be able to tell the difference in nationality or location.
On the ground level, streets begin melting together; asphalt bordered with the ugly grey of concrete, broken every so often by a listless tree or a piece of modern ‘art’ that inspires no one and in fact adds to the bleak, heavy atmosphere that so dominates our lives. Everything constructed and installed based on calculated rates of depreciation and cost, rather than a desire to impart a man’s will upon the environment and thereby create something beautiful and awe-inspiring.
In our lives, there is no awe, there is no will to power; there is only a will to increase this quarter’s profits. Nowhere is this more apparent than the internal condition of the modern working environment.
In more civilized times, there were certain rules and conditions that forced interior designers and architects to keep the humanity of office workers in mind. Due to the constraints, for example, of early modern lighting, offices were required to have windows that were 12’ high to let in as much light as possible – this not only provided natural sunlight, it also gave workers much better views during the day so that they could let their minds wander and recharge.
Today we have small, cramped offices where windows are only provided to managers encased in glass offices. Worker drones must subsist off the florescent lights (bought with electricity costs in mind), which destroy the natural circadian rhythms and lead to worse sleep and health.
The state of modern office furniture is another major contributor to the malaise we feel in our day to day working lives. Companies purchase pieces that are designed to be, ultimately, disposable, and though you may not consciously recognize this, your brain certainly does. Poor office furnishings lead to more depressed and less productive workers.
So, what is a small business to do about this phenomenon? The first step is purchasing quality furniture, of course, which is where Creative Office Design comes in.
Creative Office Design supplies the entire Los Angeles and Orange County areas with office furnishings that can break the trend of modern offices acting as a sort of psychological hospice. They provide signature series, such as their System 2 Cubicles, that provide workers with aesthetically pleasing and quality workspaces that they can customize to make the space ‘theirs’, and thereby create a less stressful and more productive environment.
One reason many workers today prefer employment by a small business is that it affords them an escape from the usual horrors of a soulless corporate office. If you want your business to succeed, facilitate their creativity and desire to escape the mediocre doldrums by providing them with high quality and good-looking office furniture.
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