Interior Design Fundamentals: Plan Creative Workspaces

A course by Monika Lepel
Interior Designer. Cologne, Germany.
Joined June 2021
, Interior Designer

Design inspiring workspaces by learning to analyze structures, needs, and goals as a starting point for an identity-focused concept

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (3)
  • 295 students

Design inspiring workspaces by learning to analyze structures, needs, and goals as a starting point for an identity-focused concept

German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (3)
  • 295 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 27m)
  • 23 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

"Luckily, how we work is no longer the same". For Monika Lepel, interior designer and founder of LEPEL & LEPEL studio, a new way of working means new workspaces, and that's just her specialty: designing unconventional office spaces that meet the needs of today's smart, digital, and dynamic work climate. Her and her team have worked with pioneers of digitization like Google and Microsoft.

The foundation of her work is to help "form ties". She strongly believes that meticulous mapping out of shared spaces is the ideal methodology for uniting teams and departments to create internal brand identities alongside external ones. For her, interior design is an art form that almost everyone can get excited about.

In this course, learn to design extraordinary spaces and develop strong workspace concepts. Analyze both the physical and human requirements and make your ideas a reality selecting the materials and colors of the decor to impress your client with a clear and concise presentation.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First Steps
  • U3
    U3. Analytical Topics
  • U4
    U4. Design Themes
  • U5
    U5. Further Ideas
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Monika Lepel as she talks about her passion for interior design and, above all, the design of office spaces. She also shares her background as an architect and what experiences and projects have defined her career the most.

Get straight down to learning the fundamentals of interior design and its influence when it comes to designing workspaces. Using the Google offices in Düsseldorf as a case study, Monika introduces you to the theoretical foundations behind these types of spaces with the aim of promoting togetherness and fueling creativity.

Next, discover the three most important factors when it comes to designing offices: architecture, the client, and the different spaces. Analyze each element in order to identify opportunities as well as assess the risks, gather relevant information, and imbue it with its own narrative.

Now it's time to get designing! Gradually develop your idea by selecting materials and sketching the rooms. Monika then teaches you to present your ideas and designs in a compelling way using a range of techniques and models to get everything into one single pitch.

Your teacher helps you wrap up your project exploring the experiences, knowledge, and links you've managed to create with your design. To round out the course, learn to look for and develop your own artistic take on a project.

What is this course's project?

Develop the concept for the interior design of a workspace including floor plans, sketches, and a summary of the necessary materials. Compile all your reference materials for the design of a private space into one presentation in the form of a professional portfolio entry.

Who is this online course for?

Interior design students and industry professionals as well as anyone interested in the design of office spaces regardless of previous experience.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of a 2D and 3D design software such as Vectorworks or SketchUp would be useful but is not essential.

In terms of materials, you need tracing paper, a ruler, a few different pencils, and a device installed with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint, and InDesign.


295 Students
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Monika Lepel

A course by Monika Lepel

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Monika Lepel is an interior designer specialized in the design of workspaces. She has been managing the architecture and interior design studio LEPEL & LEPEL, based in Cologne, Germany, for over 25 years. It is there that her and her team bring inspiring interiors to life. With her designs, she aims to find a creative solution to the needs of large organizations and businesses as well as individuals. According to Monika, a space has an inspiring and positive atmosphere when it conveys and aesthetically externalizes a company's culture and identity. Designing spaces like these allows her to promote the formation of ties within a company and develop comprehensive design concepts that are wholly tailored to their users.

Her client list includes big names like Microsoft, Google, True Fruits, and UFA productions. Thanks to their hard work, she and her team have received the German Interior Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award, and the IF Award, and their designs were displayed as part of the exhibition Frau Architekt Seit mehr als 100 Jahren: Frauen im Architekturberuf, on the history of female architects in Germany and Greece. She has also formed part of several judges' panels and has written industry-specialized articles.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    First Steps

    • Workspace: The Special Place
    • Case Study: Google Office
    • What Is Interior Design?
    • Tools
  • U3

    Analytical Topics

    • Spatial Structure 1
    • Spatial Structure 2
    • Customer - Brand - Identity
    • Room Types 1
    • Room Types 2
  • U4

    Design Themes

    • The Presentation of the Project
    • Representation
    • Floor Plan and Concept Idea
    • Materials and Colors
    • Idea and Mood Board
  • U5

    Further Ideas

    • Build Relationships
    • Project Completion and Insights
  • FP

    Final project

    • Interior Design Fundamentals: Plan Creative Workspaces

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Interior Design Fundamentals: Plan Creative Workspaces. Architecture, and Spaces course by Monika Lepel

Interior Design Fundamentals: Plan Creative Workspaces

A course by Monika Lepel
Interior Designer. Cologne, Germany.
Joined June 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (3)
  • 295 students