Room and colour design with ‘Limbic Office’
Light and dark accents, contrasts and colour combinations play an important role in the working world. Our limbic system processes all of this and stores these associations and emotions. THE LIMBIC OFFICE approach embarks on a voyage of discovery to understand how an individual living space can be designed in a variety of ways.
The subconscious decision centre
Emotions are an essential part of our lives, they guide our well-being and let us know if we are feeling good or if we are uncomfortable with something. The limbic system, an area of the brain located between the neocortex (part of the cerebral cortex) and the brainstem, is an important interface for controlling our emotions and processing information before we are even aware of it. So we are sometimes controlled subconsciously, and it helps us store new information as useful or unimportant. The limbic model by Dr. Hans-Georg Häusel is a motive and decision-making model that uses these emotions as a basis to make statements about certain behaviours and then transfer them to a system. A distinction is made between three emotional types: balance, dominance and stimulance. These three emotion systems address different characteristics, desires and values. Each type has its own characteristics, individual priorities and is defined by its own way of thinking and acting.
How our emotions guide us in design
Emotions have a significant influence on our mood and can subconsciously guide our sense of space. In the interplay between people and space, the emotional effect of colours, shapes and surfaces forms the basis for a pleasant and supportive working atmosphere. In this context, a conscious approach to the topics of colour and material and their emotional effects can promote the creativity of employees and create a positive working environment.
Effective work with Limbic Office
The Limbic Office approach is based on a questionnaire on the work process, on the company’s identity and on one’s own identity and on brand positioning. Strengths and qualities are analysed and actions and psychological backgrounds are reflected. In addition, characteristics, preferences and communication strategies are queried in order to get a variety of statements about one’s own profile, which can then be transferred to a creative code. The evaluation results in an assignment to one of the three limbic types and offers concrete design examples. Each design proposal has many facets and offers space for individual interpretations.
The Limbic Office method includes 12 personalities that are assigned to the three main groups:
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