Knoll to Present a Range of Immersive Planning Solutions at NeoCon 2017

Knoll_NeoCon17Knoll Inc., a constellation of design-driven brands, will showcase a range of Immersive workplace planning solutions for commercial, healthcare, and educational space at NeoCon 2017 – the annual contract industry trade show that will take place in Chicago from June 12 – 14.

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Sit Stand Desktop Converter vs. Complete Standing Desk

The decision to switch from a tradition workstation to one that is height adjustable may be quite simple, but choosing between multiple sit to stand options will take a bit more time. While there a…

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This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

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We found this very interesting new product by Designtex called Casper Cloaking Technology. It is an architectural film for glass walls. The purpose of the film is to obscure digital screens to outside view, perfectly balancing openness and privacy in the workplace. Casper can be applied to any clear, smooth glass on new projects or existing glass. It is recommended for conference rooms, meeting rooms and team studios. It is engineered to work with most LED displays, 40 inches or larger.

 

Via Fast Company: This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

Charge!

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Jolt! A new power option charging from Kimball Office makes it so much easier to stay connected seamlessly. The Jolt includes a USB charger and a wireless power-charging surface that integrated technology vital to connection, collaboration, and productivity.

What We Like About Jolt!

USB Charger

  • Capable of charging a variety of devices including phones and tablets; IOS or Android
  • Blue light indicates USB connectors are powered
  • Charges up to 2 amps per port
  • Charges devices compatible with USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 (Type A)
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 10′ cord

Wireless Charging

  • Charges up to three devices at the same time; IOS, Android or Windows
  • Charges devices with varying power requirements
  • Capable of charging metal encased phones
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 6′ cord
  • Can be used on surfaces 1/2″ to 1 3/16″ thick
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10 Ergonomic Tips for a Healthier Workspace

Eyestrain? Sore back? It is amazing how making even small tweaks to office furnishings or work habits can make you more comfortable. To reduce your risk of injury, and improve your performance, consider these ten practical ergonomic tips for your workspace — and work style.

Check out this very useful infographics created by Knoll:

 


 

TransferWise Transforms Office Design

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The Power of Ergonomics to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

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Ergonomics is all about efficiency, less downtime, and better performance, which leads to increased productivity. Isn’t that what all businesses want? Technology has created a variety of tools for the workplace, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones changing how we work.  Each tool presents new opportunities, as well as challenges for workers. Addressing ergonomic issues affects staff emotionally as well as physically, because it expresses the company’s core values to employees that their health and wellbeing matter.

Most ergonomic injuries happen slowly over time, so they may not be initially detected. It may seem like things are going fine in your business, but gradually poor ergonomics will become more apparent in workers from eye strain, to issues like carpal tunnel, and  back and neck strain slowing productivity. Simple things can be done to design a workplace that minimizes fatigue, stress and injuries to workers that keeps business running smoothly. Many companies are creating tools that can be easily implemented into your business.

Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll
Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll

Knoll takes an approach called “holistic ergonomics” in the development of products that address ergonomic concerns.  As the company states in a research paper produced by Knoll, called “Holistic Ergonomics™ – A New Approach”, “Thus, holistic ergonomics is all about creating products and workspaces that support how people think and move.”

Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

remic_01Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

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Photo of Kimball Joya Chair™courtesy of Kimball

Kimball Office is also committed to creating ergonomic workplace solutions.  According to Kimball, the Kimball Joya™ Chair is designed with advanced ergonomics in mind that perfectly fits all body types and offers back support and fits any workspace.  Advanced ergonomics and material technology give the Joya its smooth-flowing movement. Thoughtfully scaled seat and back components support a wide range of body types comfortably encouraging healthy postures and reducing physical stress. Optional sliding seats modify thigh and back support for people with long legs while an adjustable lumbar option personalizes lower back comfort.

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Both sitting all day and standing all day can be tough on the body. The Humanscale workstation standing desk makes it easy to create some balance. The QuickStand height-adjustable workstation is easy to operate.

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Photo by Humanscale

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National’s ergonomic keyboard kit includes a keyboard mechanism with a tray that adjusts from -15° to +15°, 360° swivel, and arm tilt that moves up and down. The mouse tray can be moved to support right or left-handed users. The keyboard kit also includes high density polyethylene tray platform, foam gel wrist pad, and thermoplastic mouse tray.

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NeoCon 2016 | A Look at The Latest Trends and Products

In case you did not have the opportunity to attend this year’s NeoCon show in Chicago, do not worry….we got you covered.

Let’s take a look:

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Technology | How It Is Changing Education

 

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As technology has transformed higher education, so has how we accommodate those changes. Technology makes learning mobile and makes students active participants in their education, engaging and collaborating with one another, in both small and large groups, in and out of the classroom. Their tools are at their fingertips. Now the classroom is portable. As a result high education is addressing these needs.                

 

Knoll Office facilitated the University of Portland Oregon’s project of modernizing its Clark Library. “We needed to create a fresh environment that would attract 19-23-year-olds to the library,” said Dan Danielson of Soderstrom Architects, of Portland.             

 

“Serving the digital natives of Generation Y on college campuses requires not only state-of-the-art technology, but also an environment that supports the highly collaborative way students work and learn today. At the University of Portland, administrators and library staff sought to create such a space to replace an existing mid-century library that no longer serviced today’s students,” cited Knoll’s case study.

 

Technology is at the forefront of the evolving needs of education, inspiring a mobile and dynamic learning environment that embraces creativity and collaboration. To bring Clark Library up to date, Knoll focused not only on technology, but also on creating collaborative spaces.

“We knew technology would be the heart of the library,” said Harrington. Moreover, improved connectivity was the driver planners assumed would build traffic.

 

Although the building’s technology infrastructure had been updated through the years, the furniture had not necessarily kept up, explained Erika Dehle, Interior Designer at Soderstrom Architects. A shortage of power outlets resulted in a dangerous and unsightly collection of endless cords across floors.”

 

They had cables, cords, tracks, Velcro,” Dehle said. Hampered by low ceilings that made burying cables in raised floors impossible, planners needed to find another solution. 

 

Equal to technology requirements was an acute need for spaces where students could learn collaboratively in a way that did not exist when the original library was built. “Collaboration was really central to what we wanted to do,” said Harrington.

 

From a cultural perspective, planners sought to enhance the facilities to encourage non-academic usage. “They wanted students to use it as a place where they would feel comfortable meeting, studying or whatever,” explained Gina Zaharie, Knoll Sales Representative. “While the physical piece was important, they really wanted that attraction piece to create a place to hang out.”

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“Clark Library went from an old traditional library with limited technical capability to a modern facility providing dynamic, interchangeable power, data, storage capacity and display capabilities,” summarized Corrado.

 

“My favorite part is going into the library and seeing it being used the way it is: a warm, inviting space,” said University Operations VP Ravelli. “It’s really night and day with our old space. The space has moved from a 1960s version of a library with mostly books and not much study space, full of dark wood and low energy to one that is high energy, vibrant with almost a “buzz” when you walk in there. Students no longer have to go to the library. They want to go because it’s the place to be. We’re pretty thrilled.”

 

 

 

Case Study information provided by Knoll.

 

 

Sustainability | Can It Benefit The Bottom Line?

 

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As businesses shift to sustainable business practices, they are increasingly finding sustainability is not only altruistic, but leads the way in cutting wasteful spending and adopting practices that save the businesses money over time. Sustainability doesn’t just complement business, it informs it. It leads to smarter spending and working practices, as business as usual is being reinvented. 

Sustainability is a word that we hear quite a bit these days, especially in the corporate world as more companies incorporate sustainability practices into their businesses. But, as businesses struggle to find the balance between sustainability and profit, more and more are finding that in a changing world, sustainability leads to wise choices that influence the bottom-line in a positive way.

By reevaluating energy uses, redefining how we work, engaging in a more collaborative work space, incorporating telecommuting, Companies can actually reduce spending. Incorporating sustainability into the work place causes management to take inventory and reassess where their money goes and start to think — is there a better way? With practices like telecommuting reducing the carbon footprint and saving on water and power consumption, as well as helping employees find a work life balance, work and spending is redefined.

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Every business is different and business owners have to decide the sustainability practices that are most effective for their business and bottom line. Ultimately sustainability is about stability. When you think about it that way – sustainable stability – it’s about being smart and recognizing all the ways your company can work more efficiently through wise choices, allowing excess can be cut and people to facilitate one another’s needs more efficiently to insure the future of your business and the world at large.

Sustainability is a blend of the ethical responsibility and the bottom line. Each supports the other. So, it’s in everyone’s best interest. Though sustainability may be initiated through management, it’s through employees that it will find its success. Since they incorporate it into their daily lives and practices and can be instrumental in discussing and maintaining how these practices are implemented.

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Creativity can go a long way to making sustainability work for your business. Problem solving can be fun and interactive, however challenging it may first appear. Many companies have adopted a Green Team comprised of employees who help establish and implement environmental goals, while involving their peers, creating a positive environment and practices that become integrated into the corporate culture. While at first, green practices may seem cumbersome and encounter some resistance; these employees can invigorate and motivate their peers. No one starts at the finish line; the important thing is to start the process toward long term goals. It’s up to each business to establish its own pathway.

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